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Hamrick, MU agree to 5 more years

Apr. 09, 2012 @ 11:48 PM

HUNTINGTON -- Mike Hamrick's winning performance as the Marshall University athletic director resulted in a contract extension.

Hamrick's contract was extended through June 2017, the school announced Monday. Terms of the extension weren't disclosed. When he was hired in July 2009, Hamrick received a three-year contract that paid him $235,000 per year.

School president Stephen J. Kopp said Hamrick's leadership has set a new standard for Marshall athletics and has brought a high level of academic and fiscal accountability to the department.

Hamrick has overseen a program that has placed increased emphasis on academic success and student-athlete graduation, Kopp said in a news release.

In the past year, Thundering Herd student-athletes posted a Graduation Success Rate of 86 percent, which is four points higher than the NCAA Division I institutional average of 82 percent and eight points higher than Marshall's rate the year before. Five of Marshall's programs had 100 percent GSR scores.

"I'm most proud of the results we're seeing in the classroom and with the caliber of student-athletes we are recruiting," Kopp said. "The wins on the field and more fans in the seats are obviously a reflection of the quality of the program he is building here at Marshall. It's something I know all of the Herd Nation wants to see continue."

Hamrick was responsible for hiring football head coach Doc Holliday and men's basketball head coach Tom Herrion.

He renegotiated a multimedia rights contract with IMG College, doubling Marshall's revenue share to $1.4 million per year, while also including state-of-the-art upgrades to the football stadium's scoreboard, video display and sound systems at no cost to the university. He also has overseen a $1.6 million renovation to Cam Henderson Center, which includes upgrades to the facility's sound and air-handling systems that will debut for the 2012-13 basketball season.

Under Hamrick's leadership, memberships in the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, Marshall's primary athletics booster club, have nearly doubled, and membership in the "M Club," a society comprising former Marshall student-athletes, has tripled in three years.

He also launched a $20 million fundraising drive for the construction of an indoor practice facility that includes a track, soccer stadium, student-athlete academic center, sports medicinal translational research center and a Marshall Hall of Fame atrium.

Construction on the soccer stadium at the old Veterans Memorial Field House location, Fifth Avenue and 26th Street, is expected to begin later this year, the release said.

"I'm very much appreciative of the support that I've received from Dr. Kopp and the confidence he has shown in me," Hamrick said. "His vision for not just athletics, but the entire university, is something all Marshall alumni and supporters should value.

"As an alum, I do. The future is very bright for Herd athletics and I'm looking forward to continuing to be a part of it."

Hamrick, a Clendenin, W.Va., native, played football at Marshall from 1976 to 1980. He received a bachelor's degree in education before earning a master's in sports administration at Ohio University in 1981.

Before joining Marshall he spent six years as the athletic director at UNLV. He has also served as the athletic director at East Carolina and Arkansas-Little Rock.



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