Bill Tramel
Bill  Tramel

Hometown:
St. Louis, Mo.

Last College:
Missouri, 1992

Position:
Head Coach

Graduated:
1992


12/06/2016

Parsemain and Wolons Named C-USA Swimmer and Diver of the Week

Marshall sweeps weekly awards for the first time since 2009

12/02/2016

Swimming and Diving Tops Ohio in Dual Meet, 173-127

The Herd’s second win in three years over the Bobcats

11/20/2016

Marshall Sets Six School Records; Finishes Seventh at NC State GAC Invite

Marshall finishes ahead of Miami (Fla.) and Virginia

11/18/2016

Herd Swimming and Diving Wraps Up Day Two at NC State GAC Invite

Marshall is in eighth place and 12 points behind WVU

11/17/2016

Herd Swimming and Diving Sets Three Records at NC State GAC Invite

Marshall is in sixth place of eight, ahead of WVU and Miami (Fla.)

02/25/2013

2013 C-USA Championships

2013 C-USA Championships

11/05/2012

Marshall Hosts West Virginia State Games

Herd Swimming and Diving hosts the second annual WV State Games.

11/05/2012

Marshall Swimming & Diving Hosts Radford

Radford visits the Fitch Natatorium for a meet on Nov. 3.

Bill Tramel enters his fifth season at the helm of the Marshall Swimming and Diving Program.

In four years, his impact on the program has been staggering. Once again, the 2016 season was historic. Marshall University finished a school record, third at the Conference USA Championships, only 17 points out of second place. The Herd won two events and placed 12 in the Top 3, including Marshall’s first ever relay medals. 12 school records were broken in all. While the record breaking in the pool was going on, in the classroom, Marshall Swimmers and Divers were even better. 11 of 24 Marshall Swimmers 7 Divers attained  4.0 GPA, achieving an overall Team GPA of 3.68. That ranked No. 1 in Conference USA for the third straight year, and this time also was the highest of any sport in Conference USA. The 3.68 Team GPA was also 4th in the nation among NCAA Division 1 Swimming & Diving programs. During the 2015 season, Tramel’s fourth, Marshall University enjoyed their best season until then. 14 of 21 school records were shattered on route to, at the time, a program best 4th place finish in Conference USA. The team was also named one of the Top 16 most improved teams in Division 1. In the classroom, the results were even better, with a team GPA of 3.54, which ranked fifth in the nation among Division 1 Swimming & Diving programs.

Tramel arrived at Marshall University after spending eight seasons with the Minnesota Golden Gophers men & women swimming and diving teams. 


During his time at Minnesota, Tramel coached with Minnesota Hall of Fame coach Dennis Dale, leading the men to conference titles in 2005 and 2007, while posting six Top 11 finishes at the NCAA Championships.  He coached 14 Gopher All-Americans and recruited 2 eventual individual NCAA National Champions.  During his final season at Minnesota, Tramel led the women's team to a Big Ten title, his only year coaching the ladies. 

Prior to Minnesota, Tramel was the Head Assistant Coach for the North Carolina Tar Heels.  Over nine years in Chapel Hill, Tramel coached 7 teams to ACC team championships alongside Head Coach Frank Comfort, the winningest coach in ACC history.  Tramel was the primary coach of 40 NCAA All-Americans at UNC and 15 ACC individual event champions.


In 1994-95, Tramel was on the staff at the University of Georgia as the Bulldogs began their rise to a national power.  Under the tutelage of 3-time US Olympic Coach, Jack Bauerle, Tramel assisted in Georgia's first NCAA relay National Championship.  Tramel also acted as recruiting coordinator and helped lay the foundation of three straight national champion Bulldog teams. Tramel's recruiting class won Georgia's first national title when they were seniors.

Tramel began his full-time collegiate coaching career at the University of South Carolina.  In 2 years as USC's Head Men's Assistant, the Gamecocks improved their NCAA finish from 37th to 19th.  

Tramel graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Consumer Economics from the University of Missouri where he competed distance freestyle and IM for the Tigers and also was an undergraduate assistant coach.  


In total, Tramel has been a part of 10 conference championships teams, (3 Big Ten, 7 ACC), the primary coach of 54 All-Americans, as well as 6 Olympic Trial Finalists.​


Coach Tramel was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and graduated from Parkway West High School.  He is an avid St. Louis Blues and NHL hockey fan.  


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