PARKERSBURG -Everything will be coming up green when the lot behind North End Tavern in Parkersburg serves as the host site for today's Rally in the Alley.
The event allows Marshall University fans to mingle with several Thundering Herd head coaches, including Doc Holliday and Tom Herrion, along with Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick.
"This is becoming old hat, but every year is different - we should have a really good turnout," North End Tavern owner Joe Roedersheimer said. "Everything is ready. The food is fantastic. All we need is for people to show up."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
Marshall University football coach Doc Holliday, left, and basketball coach Tom Herrion, right, pose for a picture with Melanie Lucas as her son Tyler Holbrook snaps away at last year’s Thundering Herd 'Rally in the Alley' at the North End Tavern in Parkersburg.
The cost of admission for adults is a $30 donation. The cost is free for kids.
Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and usually ends at approximately 9 p.m.
Food will be served tailgate style with bar-b-que pulled pork as the main entree. Hot dogs, sweet potatoes, seasoned greens and plenty of choices of deserts are also on the menu.
"This get-together is very informal," Roedersheimer said. "It's fantastic that you can go one-on-one with the coaches. They do a great job of walking around and talking to everybody.
"This is not only great for them, but it's great for the fans."
Hamrick is a 1980 Marshall graduate who is in his fourth year as the Herd athletic director. He has spearheaded the Vision Campaign, which will create on campus one of the best college soccer stadiums in the nation. Also in the plans is an indoor practice facility with a 120-yard football field and six-lane 300-meter track.
In his third season at Marshall, Holliday led the Thundering Herd football team to a 5-7 finish after just missing out on becoming bowl eligible following their season-finale defeat at East Carolina, 65-59, in double-overtime.
As for Herrion, his third season with the Marshall men's basketball program was the first time he did not take the Thundering Herd to a postseason tournament following their 13-19 finish.
"The last few years, some of our teams haven't quite done what everybody expected - they had a rough season, but everyone is wishing for the best and hoping for the best out of Marshall athletics," Roedersheimer said.