HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Marshall football team's 2011 bowl win and the men's basketball team's first NIT bid since 1988 earned the head coaches of both teams a contract extension after those respective seasons.
Marshall Athletic Director Mike Hamrick said Tuesday that both Thundering Herd football Coach Doc Holliday and men's basketball Coach Tom Herrion received one-year contract extensions following the 2011-12 athletic season. Both coaches will have three years left on their deals entering the 2013-14 athletic calendar.
"I've always thought it's important for continuity, stability and especially recruiting to show support for your coaches," Hamrick said.
The extensions first were mentioned in a column by Chuck Landon in the Huntington Herald-Dispatch.
Both coaches had plenty of momentum following those seasons. Holliday guided the football team to three wins in its last four regular season games to become bowl eligible, then won the Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl, 20-10, over Florida International. It was only Marshall's second bowl win since 2002 and second winning season since 2003.
Herrion got the Herd to the NIT for the first time in 24 years after leading the team to its first Conference USA tournament title game. Marshall lost to Memphis in that game, 83-57. The Herd went 43-26 in Herrion's first two seasons as coach.
The extensions came without formal announcement from the university.
"I do not discuss personnel issues other than Coach Holliday's contract was extended after the bowl game and Coach Herrion was extended after the first NIT after 24 years," Hamrick said. "I feel it's inappropriate to discuss employees' personnel issues."
Both programs have struggled this season. The football team went 5-7, losing 65-59 in double overtime to East Carolina in their regular season finale to drop out of bowl contention. The men's basketball team is 12-16 overall and 5-8 in Conference USA heading into the final three games of the regular season.
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