Marshall Head Coach Bill Tramel Resigns 4 Days Before 1st Meet

Marshall head women’s swimming & diving coach Bill Tramel has resigned from his position. The school’s only explanation for his departure came via a comment from athletics director Mike Hamrick, which said Tramel made a decision to “take care of his family.’ Tramel echoed those statements, saying “it’s clear that my priorities need to be with my family right now.” The announcement comes just 4 days before the team’s first scheduled meet: the two-day West Virginia Games on Friday and Saturday in Huntington.

We have requested further comment on why the departure came so close to the start of the season, and who was leading the team in the interim (the program had no assistant coach at the time of Tramel’s resignation, though a job posting for the position is available).

The team finished 3rd out of 6 teams at last year’s Conference USA Championships – their 3rd-straight such placing.

Tramel took over the program in 2012, having previously been an assistant at Minnesota.

“While the timing is unfortunate for our student-athletes, we respect and support the decision Bill has made to take care of his family,” said Hamrick. “Our swimming and diving program has been successful in recent years and we appreciate Bill’s leadership. We will work quickly to identify a new head coach who shares the same commitment to excellence.”

“I want to thank everyone in the Marshall University Athletics family for their friendship and support during my time in Huntington,” Tramel said. “I specifically want to thank (Director of Athletics) Mike Hamrick and (Senior Woman Administrator) Beatrice Crane Banford for their support during this difficult time. I will always cheer for the Thundering Herd and that is part of what makes this the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make but it’s clear that my priorities need to be with my family right now. We are very proud of what we accomplished over the past six years. I will always be our student-athletes’ biggest fan and will treasure the memories that we’ve shared together.”

Full Tramel Bio below, courtesy Marshall Athletics:

Under his leadership, Marshall set numerous program and individual marks, boasting an NCAA Championships participant for the first time in 12 years at the conclusion of the 2016-17 season. Catherine Bendziewicz was also named the department’s 2017-18 female student-athlete of the year after earning Scholar All-America honors on the heels of winning back-to-back 200 Individual Medley honors at the Conference USA Championships.

“I want to thank everyone in the Marshall University Athletics family for their friendship and support during my time in Huntington,” Tramel said. “I specifically want to thank (Director of Athletics) Mike Hamrick and (Senior Woman Administrator) Beatrice Crane Banford for their support during this difficult time. I will always cheer for the Thundering Herd and that is part of what makes this the hardest decision I’ve ever had to make but it’s clear that my priorities need to be with my family right now. We are very proud of what we accomplished over the past six years. I will always be our student-athletes’ biggest fan and will treasure the memories that we’ve shared together.”

Marshall was also a mainstay in the national academic ranks. During his tenure, the program earned Scholar All-America team honors for 12 consecutive semesters and, last May, was recognized by the NCAA for having an outstanding Academic Progress Rate (APR) that ranked in the top 10 percent nationally. The program, which consistently ranked in the top 25 nationally for team GPA which included a fourth-place ranking in 2015-16 (3.68), stood alone among the league’s aquatic programs and was one of just 34 nationally to reach the standard.

 

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Superfan

Very strange! And no assistant?!?

John

What is strange? Sounds like a family health issue.

Herdit

And no diving coach

Steve Nolan

A full registration is weird to “take care of family” right? Wouldn’t you usually expect a leave of absence?

John

Could be close enough to retirement that it accelerated his decision.

Herdfan

He’s only 48.

HERDALUM

He’s not as old as he looks

MarshallFan

he has been trying to leave Marshall for years

Mualum

To my knowledge he is unmarried without children. I hope that he isn’t the one that’s I’ll.

Local swim mom

Our understanding locally is that his mother is very ill.

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