Hamrick wants quick hire

Published 3:36 am Tuesday, December 1, 2009

HUNTINGTON, W.V. — Thundering Herd fans shouldn’t have to wait very long.

The search for a new head football coach isn’t expected to last very long according to Marshall athletic spokesman Randy Burnside.

Burnside said first-year athletic director Mike Hamrick has not set a deadline but “is planning a thorough yet swift hiring process.”

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Hamrick said he wants to keep the process fluid as he searches for a qualified coach who can win games, according to Burnside.

The new coach will replace Mark Snyder who resigned on Sunday after five seasons and a 21-37 record.

Burnside said Hamrick has a “long list” of potential candidates.

Snyder, who was an All-American safety on the 1987 Div. I-AA national runner-up team, returned to his alma mater after former coach Bob Pruett resigned right before the start of spring practices.

Snyder — who still holds the Herd single-season record with 10 interceptions — took over a program that lost 16 of its 22 starters from a 6-6 team, was penalized 16 scholarships due to an NCAA probation under Pruett, and made the move from the Mid-American Conference to Conference USA.

Marshall was 6-6 this past season and became bowl eligible for the first time since 2004. The Herd is expected to attend the Eagle Bank Bowl in Washington, D.C., provided Navy beats Army on Saturday.