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HUNTINGTON, WV -

Tom Herrion is out as head coach of the Marshall men's basketball program. He informed Director of Athletics, Mike Hamrick on Friday morning. 

"After meeting with Mike earlier today, I have decided that it is in the best interest of all parties that I resign my position as head basketball coach at Marshall University," Herrion said in a press release. "I greatly appreciate the opportunity that was given to me and will cherish the last four years and the many great people I have met and the memorable moments we achieved. My family and I have enjoyed being a part of the Marshall and greater Huntington community. We wish the entire Thundering Herd Nation great success moving forward."

Herrion coached for the Thundering Herd for four seasons. During the time span, he accumulated a 67-67 record. In 2012, he led the team to their first NIT appearance in more than two decades. The last two season as head coach is where the program fell to heights they never had before. They went 24-41. The 41 losses were the most ever in a two year period in program history. 

"I want to thank Tom for his loyalty and dedication to our university and men's basketball program," Hamrick said in a press release. "The success of Thundering Herd basketball is critical to not only the future of Marshall Athletics, but also to our continuing efforts to upgrade our entire program and our facilities, along with our Big Green Scholarship Fund membership. We will begin a national search immediately to identify the right person to help this program achieve greater success."

Herrion will be bought out of his final two years of his contract. A search for a new coach is already ongoing. Hamrick added he is under no timetable to hire Herrion's successor.