Marshall Hires New Big Green Director

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Marshall University Director of Athletics Bob Marcum has announced the hiring of R.J. Gimbl as Marshall's new Associate Athletic Director and Executive Director of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. The Big Green raises money to fund student-athlete scholarships at Marshall University. The former director, David Cantor, left the position earlier this spring.

"R.J. has a strong background in athletic development in the state, and we are looking forward to having him on board," Marcum said. Gimbl will oversee all areas of athletic development for Marshall University's Big Green Scholarship Foundation.

"I am confident that R.J. will bring experience and energy to the job," Big Green President Tom Miller said. "His familiarity with the state will also benefit the Foundation as we work to not only reach, but exceed our goals."

Gimbl, 28, has served as the Assistant Director of Development at West Virginia University since March of 2004. During his tenure at WVU, Gimbl oversaw the annual giving and ticket priority program, helped to manage more than 5,500 donors, and assisted in the cultivation and solicitation of prospective donors for the Mountaineer Athletic Club. He also was involved with the Mountaineer Athletic Club's annual Coaches Caravan, the WVU 1100 Club, and helped coordinate the WVU Varsity Club for former student-athletes.

"I am excited about the opportunity and I am looking forward to becoming a part of the Thundering Herd family," Gimbl said. "I think the Big Green has a solid foundation already in place and I am looking forward to future growth and development." A native of Holbrook, N.Y, Gimbl, graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and Psychology from Rutgers University in 2000. He earned a Master's in Business Administration from West Virginia in 2002. He is married to the former Sarah Brown of Morgantown. Gimbl worked as a student football manager for the Scarlet Knights as an undergrad and was a graduate manager while taking classes for his Master's at WVU.

The Big Green Scholarship Foundation provides financial support for over 480 Marshall University student athletes. Money raised by the Big Green is used to fund the university's athletic scholarship costs. Marshall fans can provide support to the foundation by becoming an annual fund donor, a coaches' circle member, an endowment contributor, or a courtesy car program and special events supporter. For more information, contact our office at 304-696-4661.

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