MU will allow beer sales throughout Joan C. Edwards stadium, while it will also build a new retail store and expand the concourse on the north side of the stadium
Department will launch Thundering Herd Illustrated, the official publication of Marshall Athletics
Three student-athletes award for graduating with a 3.8 GPA or higher
Sponsorship kicks-off with Pass-for-Cash Contest
The Word on the Herd-April 1, 2013
August 23, 2013 - Marshall 3, Campbell 0
Hamrick, in his ninth year as the Herd AD, has spearheaded The Vision Campaign, the most ambitious fundraising effort in Marshall Athletics history. Hamrick has teamed with former Herd star athletes and campaign co-chairs Mike D’Antoni and Chad Pennington. The Vision Campaign has raised more than $33 million in private dollars as part of a $35 million-plus plan to enhance Herd facilities.
The Vision Campaign gave Marshall one of the best college soccer stadiums in the nation, as Hoops Family Field at the Veterans Memorial Soccer Complex opened in August 2013. Opened between August 2014 and July 2015 was the prime piece of the project – the Chris Cline Athletic Complex. That includes the Indoor Athletic Facility with its 120-yard football field and 300-meter Jeff Small Track; the Marshall Sports Medicine Institute; the 14,000-square-foot Buck Harless Student-Athlete Academic Center; and a museum home for the MU Athletics Hall of Fame.
Another improvement was the addition of eight suites to the sky deck of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, plus new bathrooms and other fan-friendly changes to that level of the pressbox, including a third elevator. Prior to the 2015 season, a new $750,000 AstroTurf surface was also installed.
The latest additions came in the summer of 2017, the softball program’s Dot Hicks Field received a complete resurfacing, which included turf installation and new dirt infield and bullpens. At Edwards Stadium, construction was completed for the HerdZone Stadium Store, which adds retail space for official athletics merchandise, and the northwest stadium expansion, which adds space for vendors.
In Hamrick’s nine years as the Marshall AD, the program’s facility growth and enhancement has been more than $44 million.
Hamrick, 59 and a 1980 MU graduate, was named to the AD post on July 20, 2009. He wasted no time in reaching out to former Herd letter winners, alumni and friends of MU to build a consensus on what Thundering Herd supporters sought in the program. The response has been strong, as evidenced by Hamrick being named the 2017 M Club Member of the Year by the group’s board of directors.
In July 2016, Hamrick was named to the NCAA’s Division I Football Oversight Committee, which ensures that appropriate oversight of football for both the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) and Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) is maintained; enhances the development of the sport and make recommendations related to regular-season and postseason football.
In the classroom, Marshall's student-athletes have dominated Conference USA’s academic awards. In 2015-16, the Thundering Herd led Conference USA with 60 academic medal winners (11 more than its closest competitor), given annually to those student-athletes who register a cumulative GPA of 3.75 or better, and also had a league-high four scholar-athlete award winners. The Herd bettered that feat in 2016-17 with 64 academic medal winners. Over the past two years, Marshall has had the second-most student-athletes on the Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
Hamrick’s arrival also has brought a challenging schedule upgrade to the Herd’s major sports. He has landed home-and-home football series with North Carolina State, Pitt, Louisville, Purdue, Boise State, Cincinnati, East Carolina, Navy and Appalachian State, rekindled a longtime rivalry with Miami (Ohio) with a four-game contract and renewed the “Battle of the Bell” series with Ohio. In July 2016, Hamrick negotiated a $1.4 million guarantee for a single game at the University of South Carolina, the largest guarantee in school history.
In his second year, Hamrick initiated many new fundraising endeavors that committed nearly $2 million to the program. His efforts have also led to rapid growth and development in the Big Green Foundation and in Marshall's M Club (former student-athletes) that has increased donation levels by 50 percent. The M Club has increased its membership to a record 500-plus. In December 2016, Big Green membership climb to a record-breaking 3,327, ranking among the top three schools in athletic fundraising club membership in Conference USA. The Big Green saw growth of 15 percent in a seven-month span to close the year.
Hamrick has negotiated multiple marketing contract extensions with IMG College, the first of which came in the summer of 2010 that poured nearly $3 million into Marshall Athletics and is currently negotiating an extension that will generate millions more for the program. In July 2017, Marshall and IMG College announced an extension of the multimedia rights agreement through 2026, which added significant revenue to the athletic department.
Meanwhile, the Henderson Center’s fan comfort was enhanced again with an air flow and distribution upgrade and a new public address sound system. A new, $155,000 playing floor was installed prior to the 2013-14 season. Under Hamrick’s direction, the facility has also been given a new roof, new lighting and new video and ribbon boards to go with additional upgrades totaling $2.25 million.
Hamrick prides himself on being involved in the community. He serves as a Cabell Huntington Convention and Visitors Bureau board member, and spearheaded relief and rebuilding efforts after parts of West Virginia were devastated by floods in June 2016. Marshall held a two-day donation drive in Huntington and transported the supplies via a 53-foot equipment truck to flood-ravaged areas. Hamrick worked with the NCAA to receive special approval to donate sports equipment, including football cleats, to high school football teams adversely affected by the floods.
Hamrick served as AD at UNLV for six years before returning to his alma mater. Prior to his position at UNLV, Hamrick was director of athletics at East Carolina University from 1995-2003. He also has been AD at Arkansas-Little Rock, assistant AD at Illinois State, and assistant AD at Kansas.
Hamrick played football at Marshall University from 1976-79, starting at linebacker his last two seasons. After receiving his bachelor's degree in education from Marshall, he earned his master's degree in sports administration from Ohio University in 1981.
Hamrick is a native of Clendenin, W.Va. – in Kanawha County, near Charleston. He is a graduate of Herbert Hoover High School, where he is enshrined in the school’s athletics Hall of Fame. He and his wife, Soletta, a Huntington native and also a Marshall graduate, reside in Barboursville, West Virginia.
The Hamricks have three children – twin sons, Brett and Justin and a daughter, Mollie Ann. Brett works for NIKE, in Portland, Oregon, and Justin is currently finishing his master’s degree at Marshall. Mollie Ann, a Marshall graduate who also has a master’s degree from Kentucky, is employed by Marshall Health Family Medicine.