Pitt assistant Herrion hired at Marshall
Tom Herrion was ready to become a head coach again, even if it
meant leaving a successful program at Pittsburgh.
The former Panthers associate head coach was introduced as
Marshall’s new coach Saturday.
Herrion was given a five-year contract. The financial terms
weren’t immediately released.
He replaces Donnie Jones, who left last month to become Central
Herrion said he was impressed by Marshall president Stephen J.
Kopp’s commitment and support for the university’s athletes.
“It was clear as day that I needed to be here, that we needed
to take this opportunity and to elevate our basketball program,”
Herrion said. “We are here to elevate. I told Dr. Kopp it’s not to
rebuild, but to continue to restore and build on and elevate the
program to greater heights.”
Herrion, 42, spent three seasons on Jamie Dixon’s staff.
Pittsburgh won the Big East tournament in 2008 and advanced to the
NCAA regional finals in 2009.
Before that he went 80-38 in four seasons at the College of
Charleston, including a 25-8 record in his first season. He also
spent eight years on Pete Gillen’s staffs at Providence and
Herrion’s dogged pursuit of the Marshall job left a lasting
impression on athletic director Mike Hamrick.
“He showed a passion that he wanted to be here,” Hamrick said.
“He pursued this job from day one.”
A 1989 graduate of Merrimack, Herrion wasn’t Marshall’s first
choice. Appalachian State’s Buzz Peterson said he was offered the
Marshall job but the two sides couldn’t agree on a contract.
Marshall went 24-10 this season and played in the 16-team
CollegeInsider.com Tournament, its first postseason tournament
appearance since 1988.
“Our fans are starved for success in basketball,” Hamrick
said. “We’re trying to get the Herd nation behind our basketball
program. We believe that will happen.”
Hamrick was the AD at East Carolina when he hired Herrion’s
brother, Bill, as the basketball coach in 1999. Bill Herrion is now
the coach at New Hampshire.
Tom Herrion will continue to take part in a rivalry with West
Virginia, Marshall’s cross-state rival. On Feb. 3 in Morgantown,
Herrion was struck under his right eye by a coin that came from the
stands. Marshall and West Virginia meet every January in
“I can’t tell you how thrilled we are to be here,” Herrion
said. “I can’t tell you how excited I am to hit the ground
running. I can assure you unequivocally how good a job this is in
our circle in the landscape of college basketball.”