May 23, 2012
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Bill Tramel has been named Head Coach of the Marshall Swimming and Diving Program, Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Wednesday.
Tramel comes to the Thundering Herd after spending the past eight years with the Minnesota Golden Gophers men's and women's swimming and diving squads. He spent the past two seasons as the associate head coach of the Gophers.
He replaces Russell Hunt, who resigned from his position in March.
"Bill brings a wealth of experience to this position", said Hamrick. "He has been a part of several championship teams during his career and we look for that to continue at Marshall."
Tramel will be in charge of a Herd squad that completed its most successful season while a member of Conference USA this past year. MU captured seven overall wins and finished fifth at the C-USA Championships.
The Herd returns swimmer Kacey Preun, who had 19 wins as a freshman, including going 7-for-7 in the 200-yard breaststroke during the regular season. Additionally, swimmer Sarah Kay is back after a 15 win season as is diver Lauren Rone, who advanced to the NCAA Zone Diving Championships this past season.
Since beginning his time at Minnesota, Tramel led the men to conference titles in 2005 and 2007, while posting 11th place finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2005, 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2007, the Gophers earned a 10th place finish.
During this past season, Tramel led the women's team to a Big Ten title, his only year coaching the ladies.
All of Minnesota's recruiting efforts were coordinated by Tramel. He was able to ink some of the top talent in the state of Minnesota and also lured in strong international talent with student-athletes from Ireland, Serbia, Croatia, and Israel among others.
Tramel has become one of the nation's top distance coaches in country as he had at least one swimmer invited to the NCAA Championships in the 1650-yard freestyle in every season since 1998. He also coached 54 All-American selections during his career. Additionally, Tramel was the primary coach of Alex Wold who was named to the U.S. National Team in 2009.
The University of Missouri grad's coaching resume includes stints at Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Missouri. In his combined time coaching, Tramel has placed a swimmer in the top 20 at the NCAA Championships 18 times. Combined, his teams have won 10 conference championships.