Big Green Coaches Tour Set

April 4, 2008

Huntington, W.Va. - Marshall University fans living within 150 miles of campus can catch a local case of Herd fever when the 2008 Big Green Coaches Tour rolls through in May and June.

The tour begins on May 5 with a dinner in Bluefield and winds up on June 23 with the 4th Annual Luxury at The Greenbrier Golf Tournament. This will be the fourth straight year the tour has started with the Four Seasons Big Green chapter in the Bluefield, Virginia/West Virginia area. In between, Thundering Herd coaches Mark Snyder, Donnie Jones, Royce Chadwick and athletic director Bob Marcum will also be shuttling to Mingo County on May 20, Parkersburg on May 22, Mason County on May 23, Ashland, Ky., on May 27, Beckley on May 29, Charleston on May 31, Cincinnati on June 1, Logan on June 4, Lexington, Ky., on June 5, Columbus on June 17 and Putnam County on June 18.

"It's an opportunity for thousands of Thundering Herd fans to rekindle the fire for their favorite college team, talk to coaches and athletic department administrators and speculate on the upcoming football and basketball seasons," said Sam Stanley, of the Big Green staff and the tour director.

At most stops along the way the traveling MU contingent will be accompanied by Marshall cheerleaders and Marco, the school mascot. The availability to purchase 2008 season football tickets, to join the Big Green and to ask questions about Thundering Herd athletics are all involved in the tour.

Making his first complete Coaches Tour will be John Sutherland, the new executive director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. "We've got a lot of Big Green leaders at all of these areas who are passionate about the Herd and give an extra effort in helping us raise scholarship funds for our 375 student-athletes," said Sutherland, who moved over to the Big Green office from his previous roll as assistant coach of the Marshall women's basketball team.

"I'll be meeting many Herd fans for the first time, so the tour will be really special for me to have the opportunity to thank them for all they do for us."

Those planning to attend any of the tour stops or need more information are encouraged to call or email the contacts listed below or call the Big Green office toll free at 866-443-2310. Here are the details of the tour, stop-by-stop:

Bluefield: Monday, May 5, Reception 6:30 p.m., Dinner 7:15 p.m. $30
Mountain View Center (formerly Upper Classman), Bluefield, W.Va.
Contact Roger Topping (304) 487-2205;

Mingo County: Tuesday, May 20, Golf, 10 a.m. $75 (includes barbeque cookout)
Tug Valley Country Club, Sprigg, W.Va.
Barbeque cookout, 5 p.m., $50
Massey Cabin, Aflex, Ky.
Contact Ralph Hagy (304) 687-2456;

Parkersburg: Thursday, May 22, Rally in the Alley, 6 p.m. $25
North End Tavern, Parkersburg, WV
Contact Jane Graham 304-428-4504;

Mason County: Friday, May 23, Golf, 9 a.m. $150
Riverside Golf Club, Mason, WV
Contact Jacob Hill (304) 593-2404;
Jim Wilson (304) 812-6279;

Ashland, Ky.: Tuesday, May 27, Dinner, 6 p.m., No Charge
Superior Jeep Dodge Dealership, Ashland, KY
Contact: Allan Thacker (606) 329-8616;
Mike Hurley (740) 532-8712;

Beckley: Thursday, May 29, Golf, noon, $125 (includes dinner); dinner, 4:30 p.m., $25.
Grandview Country Club, Beckley, W.Va.
Contact Larry Foster (304) 755-1469;

Charleston QB: Saturday, May 31, Beach Party(food/dancing) , 6 p.m., $45
Charleston Mariott Pavillion
Contact Steve Ellis (304) 346-0547;

Cincinnati: Sunday, June 1, Golf, 12 p.m., $125(includes dinner); dinner 6 p.m. $30
Legendary Run Golf Course, Cincinnati, Ohio
Contact John Chafin (513) 404-8484,

Logan: Wednesday, June 4, Golf 12 noon, $100 (includes dinner): dinner 6:30 p.m., $50
Logan Country Club, Logan, W.Va.
Contact Steve Chapman (304) 752-1166;

Lexington, Ky.: Thursday, June 5, Reception 6:30 p.m., dinner 7:30 p.m.; $15
Andover Country Club, Lexington, Ky.
Contact Ben Lowe (859) 223-0017;

Columbus, Ohio: Tuesday, June 17, Dinner, 7 p.m., $30
Buckeye Hall of Fame Café, Columbus, Ohio
Contact : Chris Sabo (614) 577-7666;

Putnam County: Wednesday, June 18, Dinner, 6-8 p.m., $15
Sleepy Hollow Country Club in Hurricane
Jim Ferguson (304) 552-3501;

The Greenbrier: Monday, June 23, Golf, Noon, $250
Greenbrier Resort, White Sulfur Springs, W.Va.
Contact Nancy Pelphrey (304) 696-3134;