West Virginia Conference commissioner Barry Blizzard will become the Division II College Commissioner's Association administrative coordinator when his tenure with the WVC ends this summer.Steve Murray, president of the D2CCA and commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, announced that Blizzard will replace Nancy Mitchell on July 1, after the WVC ceases operations on June 30.In addition to his work with the D2CCA, Blizzard will work with Atlanta-based Collegiate Consulting to conduct feasibility studies and operational reviews for Division II athletic programs.
MU BASEBALL: Chase Vogelback hit his first career home run in the fourth inning and scored twice as Marshall beat visiting Ohio University 4-2 at Epling Stadium in Beckley.The Herd used eight pitchers in the game, with Chase Boster picking up the win. Eric Escobedo also had two hits for Marshall and scored a run.MU hosts Tulane for a three-game series at Appalachian Power Park starting Friday. nnWVU SPORTS: Former West Virginia University quarterback Jeff Hostetler and current WVU athletic director Oliver Luck will work alongside West Virginia youth football leagues as Heads Up Football Ambassadors this fall.Hostetler and Luck will help youth football leagues in Follansbee and North Parkersburg promote making the game better and safer. The program aims to advance the youth football experience by providing coaching education and teaching resources that benefit players, parents and coaches. nnVAD DEADLINE NEARS: The deadline to order tickets for the 67th Victory Awards Dinner is Monday.The event, sponsored by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association, takes place May 5 at the Village Square Conference Center in Clarksburg.Tickets, priced at $20 each, are available from sports departments of member daily newspapers, including the Gazette (304-348-1740) and Daily Mail.Everyone attending the banquet must have a ticket, including the honorees.