"He has an understanding of what we're trying to do on both ends of the floor," Herrion said. "He does a lot of little things, things as a coach you truly appreciate. He's taking advantage of having a really good summer so far."
What makes the move even sweeter for Goard was the opportunity to move closer to home. Now that he's about an hour's drive away from Charleston, he has an even greater feeling of support from family and friends in the neighborhood.
"When they found out I was playing at Marshall, everybody was coming up and loving me," he said. "They wanted to show their support and come to the games and stuff like that."
The forward wants to help on the court in rebounding and dunking, and especially as the anchor of the defense, directing players to the right spots on the floor. While he's a relatively new face on the team, it's a group made of a lot of new faces.
Marshall already welcomed junior college transfers Shawn Smith, Cheikh Sane and Justin Edmonds and now has Kareem Canty and Ryan Taylor, academic non-qualifiers last season, in the lineup. Plus the team just added blue-chip shooting guard Chris Thomas from Chipola Junior College in Florida.
Goard doesn't think it will be tough for his voice to be heard this season. The returning players, like Elijah Pittman, Tamron Manning and DeVince Boykins, are behind him in that endeavor.
"When the upperclassmen saw me in practice, they knew what to expect from me," Goard said. "With their help and their support, it showed the younger guys that I can really help out."
Contact sportswriter Derek Redd at derek.r...@dailymail.com or 304-348-1712. His blog is at blogs.dailymail.com/marshall. Follow him on Twitter @derekredd.