Marshall womens basketball coach Matt Daniel resigns after five seasons

Marshall University womens basketball coach Matt Daniel resigned Sunday after spending five seasons with the Thundering Herd. (WCHS/WVAH)

Marshall’s womens basketball coach Matt Daniel has resigned after five seasons with the Thundering Herd.

Marshall’s athletic department announced Daniel’s resignation Sunday morning.

Marshall finished the 2016-17 season with a 13-17 record and fell to Charlotte in the opening round of the Conference USA tournament in Birmingham.

In his five season with the Herd, Daniel went 71-85. In his time with the Herd Daniel led Marshall to two of its three all-time postseason appearances.

In the 2014-15 season, the Herd got a bid to the WBI and earned the programs first postseason win of the current era.

In 2015-16 season, Daniel led Marshall to a 21-12 season, the team’s most wins in nearly three decades, and earned a berth in the Women’s NIT. Following the season he was named to the inaugural C-USA Coaches Circle.

Daniel came to Marshall from Central Arkansas Univerity and is a native of Jonesboro, Ark.

“I am so thankful for our time here,” Daniel said in a release from the athletic department. “Having both of our daughters born here, this place will always be special to us. Given my wife’s work as a dentist, we were offered an opportunity to return home to Arkansas that we couldn’t pass up. While I don’t know what the future holds for me professionally, this decision really isn’t about me. I am doing what I believe is best for us and giving our children the opportunity to grow up around their extended family.”

Daniel is leaving the Herd with plenty of talent to work with after signing the nation’s 34th-ranked recruiting class in 2017 after signing the 52nd-ranked class in 2016.

“On behalf of everyone associated with Marshall Athletics, I want to thank Matt for his contribution to our women’s basketball program,” Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said in the release. “He and his staff have shepherded a new level of success into our program, with back-to-back postseason appearances and the first 20-win season. Marshall has always been a place where family comes first so, of course, we understand and support Matt’s decision.”

Daniel not only took Marshall to new heights on the court, but in the class room as well. In the past five years the Herd had 28 players hold a 3.0 GPA or better earning them a place on the C-USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll and three more earned the Commissioner’s Academic Medal which requires a 3.75 GPA.

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