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Herd Fans Can Meet New Athletic Director During Paint the Capital City Green

Aug. 5, 2009

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Thundering Herd fans will have an opportunity to meet Mike Hamrick, Marshall University's newly named director of athletics, during the 12th annual Paint the Capital City Green event in Charleston Wednesday, Aug. 19.

Paint The Capital City Green, presented by Friends of Coal, is the nation's largest indoor pep rally for Thundering Herd alumni, fans and friends. The event is hosted by the Big Green Scholarship Foundation, the Marshall University Alumni Association, the Greater Kanawha Valley Alumni Club and the Charleston Quarterback Club. Event proceeds benefit the Big Green Scholarship Foundation and the Marshall University Alumni Association.

Festivities start at 6 p.m. at Charleston's Embassy Suites Hotel with a pep rally and tailgate spread featuring entertainment by mascot Marco and the cheerleading squad, as well as music from members of the Marshall University Marching Thunder. A formal program begins at 7 p.m.

Advance only tickets are on sale now and must be purchased by close of business on Monday, Aug. 17. Tickets are $40 per person and will not be sold at the door. All tickets will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win two game tickets to the Sept. 12 Marshall vs. Virginia Tech football game in Blacksburg, Va., along with complimentary hotel accommodations.

Mike Hamrick will share the stage with President Stephen J. Kopp and Thundering Herd Football Coach Mark Snyder, as well as members of the football team as they discuss the future of Marshall University athletics. Hamrick, former director of athletics at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, was named director of athletics at MU earlier this month replacing Bob Marcum, who retired this summer. Hamrick is a 1980 graduate of Marshall University.

"I hope all of our Kanawha Valley fans come out to meet members of the Thundering Herd football family, including our newest, Mike Hamrick, and see why everyone should be getting excited about the upcoming season," Coach Snyder said. "I always look forward to Paint the Capital City Green and hope our Herd fans come out and support this great event!"

For ticket information, call the Big Green Scholarship Foundation at 304-696-7138.