May 28, 2008
Marshall University coaches will be the headliners, but Herd Hall of Fame golfer Linden Meade will share the limelight when the 2008 Big Green Coaches Tour comes to Logan County for golf and dinner on Wednesday, June 4.
Meade, a Logan native out of Chapmanville High School, played golf for the Herd from 1957-59 when he was twice selected on the all-Mid-American Conference team. He will join Marshall Head Football Coach Mark Snyder and a host of other Thundering Herd coaches and athletic department administrators at the Logan County Club for a Wednesday afternoon of golf and an evening dinner.
The shotgun start for golf is 12:30 p.m. and the reception/dinner part of the program begins at 6:30 p.m. Reservations can be made for either by calling Logan area Big Green leaders Mike Winter (752-6850), Kellie Wooten-Willis (752-1390), Steve Chapman (752-1166) or the Big Green office in Huntington (toll free 866-443-7310).
Marshall coaches joining Snyder will be head women's basketball coach Royce Chadwick, head baseball coach Jeff Waggoner, men's golf coach Joe Feaganes, women's golf coach Meredith Rowsey and assistant men's basketball coach Shawn Finney.
Director of athletics Bob Marcum and John Sutherland, new executive director of the Big Green, will be among athletic department administrators on hand. Adding some energy and fun to the event will be some Marshall cheerleaders and Thundering Herd mascot Marco.
Meade, current club professional at Riverview Golf Club near Madison in Boone County, was the No. 1 player for the Thundering Herd for three years. He was the Mid-American Conference medalist in 1958, which still stands as the MAC tournament record and is still the all-time low round by any Marshall player in competitive play.
As a golf professional, Meade was the 1963 and 1984 West Virginia Open champion and he won the W.Va. PGA championship in 1962, 1971 and 1976. He was inducted into the Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1991.
This is the third straight year that the Logan Area Marshall Athletic Club has honored a former Herd athlete from Logan County. Last year, former football player George Nesbit was honored by LAMAC and two years ago All-American basketball player Walt Walowac was the special recipient.
"It's always fun and exciting when the Big Green Coaches Tour comes to Logan County," said LOMAC president Jim Frye. "All Marshall fans and alumni need to attend to show their support of the Thundering Herd program and to honor another great Marshall athlete from our county."
Those attending will get an opportunity to both win and purchase MU season football and basketball tickets.
This is one of 13 stops for the Big Green Coaches Tour. Other remaining locations for the tour are in Lexington, Ky., on June 5, Columbus, Ohio, on June 17, Putnam County on June 18, and at the Greenbrier on June 23.
Prior to Logan, the coaches visited Bluefield, Williamson, Parkersburg, Mason County, Ashland, Ky., Cincinnati, Beckley and Charleston.
The mission of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation is to provide scholarship funding for 350 student-athletes at Marshall University.