Two Events For Herd Fans In Putnam County, WV

There are a pair of events this week in the Charleston-Huntington bedroom community of Putnam County, W.Va. The Big Green Coaches Tour will be at Sleepy Hollow C.C. in Teays Valley on Wednesday at 6 p.m. for the annual meeting, dinner and auction. Then on Saturday, June 21, the Putnam Co. Club of the MU Alumni Association will host Coach Jeff Waggoner at the Creekside Cafe in Hurricane at 1 p.m.

On Wednesday, ESPN 930 AM will be live from Sleepy Hollow with the "Insider Sportsline" from 4-5 p.m. and the "Insider Statewide" from 5-6 p.m., also heard on ESPN 1490 in Charleston. Marshall coaches and administrators will appear on the air from 5-6 p.m. before the Big Green meeting starts at 6 p.m. with dinner and drinks. Coaches expected to attend include football coach Mark Snyder and basketball coaches Donnie Jones and Royce Chadwick, plus AD Bob Marcum and other administrators. The cost for the evening is just $15 per person.

For more information on this meeting, call Jim Ferguson at 304-552-3501; Geoff Perry at 304-545-5298; or David Steele at 304-696-2483 or go to on the web. Sleepy Hollow is located between the Hurricane and Winfield exits of I-64 on W.Va. State Route 34.

Marshall junior Adam Yeager was one of four players named to the All-Tournament team in the C-USA Tournament, including Nate Lape, Dan Straily and Steve Blevins, who signed with the Minnesota Twins last week. Lape was drafted by the Colorado Rockies while senior catcher Tommy Johnson went to the Seattle Mariners. Yeager led the nation in steals, setting game and season records at Marshall and in C-USA. photo from

Then, Saturday, June 21, from 1-3 p.m., MU head baseball coach Jeff Waggoner will attend an "Afternoon with Coach Waggoner" at the Creekside Cafe on State Route 34. The meeting is being held by the Putnam Co. Club of the Marshall Alumni Association. The event will serve as the official kickoff to the "Get 'er Done!" campaign to raise private funds to build Marshall baseball a facility near or on campus in Huntington. Marshall won a school-record 30 games this past season and advanced to the finals of the Conference USA Tournament as the sixth-seed before falling to Houston, 3-2, on an unearned run in the bottom of the eighth. Houston was one of five C-USA schools to advance to the NCAA Tournament, but only Rice has advanced to the College World Series.

Marshall placed Lape on the first team on the All-Conference USA team, while Blevins and freshman Victor Gomez were second team. Gomez, a catcher who played first and was the designated hitter much of 2008, was also named to the Freshman All-C-USA team and as a Freshman All-American. Marshall won 30 games for the first time ever, and finished with a non-losing season from just the second time since 1994 at 30-30-1 on the season, finishing C-USA play with a school-record 14 wins in any conference season.

Coach Waggoner will be on hand to visit with fans, talk about the state of the MU baseball program and will bring the C-USA Tournament Runner-up trophy with him. There is no charge for this event, but donations to the "Get 'er Done!" campaign will be accepted. For more information on this event or directions to the Creekside Cafe, call 304-562-2494.

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