Big Green Donor of the Week - R.V. "Buddy" Graham|
Sept. 18, 2013
Graham, a Parkersburg resident, was one of nine new inductees to the Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame on the Sept. 6-7 weekend. He certainly is deserving to be among the 217 honorees in the "Herd Hall." He also is a longtime Big Green Scholarship Foundation supporter and has contributed to the Vision Campaign for Athletics.
There are many ways in which Buddy, who was born in Pikeville, Ky. - he always has considered himself a native of Huntington - has served the Thundering Herd over the years.
As an MU golfer - he lettered from 1957-59 - Graham helped Marshall finish as high as second place in the Mid-American Conference Team Championship. As an individual, he earned a spot on the All-MAC Team by finishing in the top 10 in 1958 and '59 Conference Championships.
Buddy was the Herd golf coach from 1962-68. His 1966 team won the MAC championship. Buddy also was a member of Marshall Athletic Department's seven-person administrative staff, with duties including business manager for basketball and football team trips, assisting in the ticket office during peak times, and editing football and basketball game programs. Finally, he served as the liaison from MU to the Big Green Club.
After leaving Marshall, he began the first AAU youth basketball program in West Virginia and coached teams to AAU national championships in 1975 and 1977.
Just before his MU Hall induction, Buddy took time to answer a few questions from Herd Insider Editor Jack Bogaczyk:
Hometown: Born in Pikeville, Ky. (moved to Huntington in 1940)
JB: What is your fondest memory of your time as a student-athlete or staffer at Marshall?
JB: You worked as a coach and in other roles in MU athletics, and with the Big Green. What were the biggest moments and memories in your mind for Marshall during those days?
Buddy: Marshall academics and sports go hand-in-hand with the City of Huntington. To be able to participate on and with the athletic teams and play a role in the growth of the university was a great experience.
JB: Any favorite two or three Marshall athletes over the five decades-plus since you arrived at MU?
JB: How often do you get back to Marshall from Parkersburg for games, events?
JB: Why you feel your support of the Big Green (also the Vision Campaign, if you've contributed there) is crucial to Marshall in this era?