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Big Green Announces 2009 Coaches Tour Information

April 27, 2009

With its most ambitious junket ever, the Big Green Coaches Tour will make 17 stops this May and June in a quest to spread the word of the Marshall University Thundering Herd to folks in West Virginia, Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.

"Our goal is to allow as many fans as possible to meet our coaches and to spread positive vibes about the Herd athletic program to all our fans and alumni in these areas," said Sam Stanley, director of athletic development for the Big Green and the overall Coaches Tour director.

"But, we also plan to increase membership in the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and to raise money for the foundation through dinners, golf tournaments and their sponsors."

"It's good to know," said John Sutherland, executive director of the Big Green, "that we have Big Green leaders in 17 different communities who are planning events which will help us provide scholarships for our 350 student-athletes."

The tour kicks off on May 18 in Lexington, Ky., with a golf tournament and dinner at the Andover Country Club in an event hosted by the Central Kentucky Big Green chapter. The tour winds up on June 27 when the new Lincoln County Friends of Marshall chapter puts on its first scramble golf tournament at the Esquire Country Club near Barboursville.

All in all, there will be nine golf tournaments and eight other dinners or "under the tent" festivities where head coaches Mark Snyder (football), Donnie Jones (men's basketball) and Royce Chadwick (women's basketball) will make several appearances with an entourage of other MU Olympic Sports Coaches and athletic department staffers and cheerleaders including Marco.

Between the tour's start and ending events, Herd coaches will be visiting Mingo, Mason, Raleigh, Kanawha, Wood, Mercer, Jackson, Logan and Greenbrier counties in West Virginia, Cincinnati, Columbus and Ironton in Ohio and Ashland, Ky.

Here are details on each event:

Central KY.
Monday, May 18 : Andover Golf & Country Club, Lexington, Ky.
Golf $125 (includes lunch& dinner) 12:00 registration 1:00 shotgun
Dinner 6:30 p.m. $35
Contact: Noel Hughes (866)443-7310 or
Terry Atkinson (859)523-0603

Tuesday, May 19, Golf, 10 a.m. $75 (includes cookout)
Tug Valley Country Club, Sprigg, WV
Bar-B-Q Cookout, 5 p.m., $50
Massey Cabin, Aflex, Ky.
Contact: Ralph Hagy (304) 687-2456;

Friday, May 22, Golf, 9 a.m. $150
Riverside Golf Club, Mason, WV
Contact: Jim Wilson (304) 812-6279;

Tuesday, May 26, Cookout, 6 p.m., No Charge
Superior Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep Dealership, Ashland, KY
Contact: Allan Thacker (606)329-8616;

Charleston QB
Saturday, May 30, Beach Party (food/dancing), 7 p.m., $35 in advance; $40 at door
Charleston Marriott Pavilion
Contact: Lee Hines (304) 553-3158;

Central Ohio
Monday June 1, Dinner, 7-9, Gresso's, Columbus, Ohio
$30 adult /$15 child
Contact: Chris Sabo (740) 972-3126,

Wood County
Tuesday, June 2, Rally in the Alley, 6 p.m. $25
North End Tavern, Parkersburg, WV
Contact: Jane Graham 304-428-4504;

Boone County
Saturday, June 6, Golf, registration 9 a.m., tee-off 10 a.m., $75, Riverview Country Club, near Danville, WV.
Contact: Mark Music (304) 369-5100 daytime or (304)369-4699 evening;

Cincinnati Club
Monday, June 8, Golf, 12 noon, $125 (includes dinner); dinner 6 p.m. $30
Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact: Mike Chandler (513) 753-1919

Jackson County
Tuesday, June 9, dinner, 6:30 p.m., $15
Old City Building, 113 South Church St., Ripley
Contact: Nick Miller (304) 532-0972

Wednesday, June 10, Golf 12 noon, $100 (includes dinner): dinner 6:30 p.m., $50
Logan Country Club, Logan, WV
Contact: Steve Chapman (304) 752-1166;

Putnam County
Thursday, June 11, Dinner, 6-8 p.m., $15
Sleepy Hollow Country Club
Contact: Jim Ferguson (304) 552-3501;

Monday, June22,, Golf, noon, $125 (includes dinner); dinner, 4:30 p.m., $25.
Grandview Country Club, Beckley, WV
Contact: Larry Foster (304) 255-1469, Ex. 10;

River Cities
Tuesday, June 23, Tailgate Under Tent, 6-8 p.m. No Charge
Central Christian Church Parking Lot (across from Tanks Stadium)
Contact: Mike Hurley (740) 532-8712;

Lincoln County
Saturday, June 27, Golf, 8 a.m., $70
Esquire Country Club, Martha, WV
Contact: Kevin Miller (304)824-7964;