Marshall will be seeking a new women’s basketball coach after Matt Daniel resigned after five seasons for family reasons, it was announced Sunday.
Ultimately, Daniel’s home state of Arkansas came calling.
“Having both of our daughters born here, this place will always be special to us,” he said. “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.”
Daniel took the Thundering Herd program farther than it has been in decades, but the team slumped to a 13-17 season, 5-13 in Conference USA play. With a No. 12 seed in the 12-team C-USA tournament, the Herd was knocked out in the first round by Charlotte, 71-66.
But there were bright spots, as Shayna Gore was named to the All-C-USA second team. The Herd hit a school record 237 3-point goals and knocked off Illinois 55-53 in the season opener.
In the 2015-16 season, Marshall won 21 games — the most in nearly three decades — and made the Women’s National Invitation Tournament. In 2015, the Herd made the Women’s Basketball Invitational and won in the first round.
With two difficult seasons at the beginning of his tenure, his MU record was 71-85 over five years.
Daniel came to Huntington from Central Arkansas, where he directed the Sugar Bears to three straight 21-win seasons.