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Charleston hires Winthrop's Marshall as new coach

CHARLESTON, S.C. -- The College of Charleston hired Gregg
Marshall as its men's basketball coach Wednesday, hoping he can
help the Cougars again become a prominent mid-major program.

Marshall replaces Tom Herrion, who was let go earlier this
month.

Marshall has spent the past eight seasons as the coach of
Winthrop, going 163-78 and leading the Eagles to six NCAA
Tournament appearances.

But the lure of returning to Charleston was too tempting for
Marshall. He was an assistant with the Cougars for eight years
under John Kresse.

The wildly popular Kresse, who built the program almost from
scratch, won an NAIA title for the College of Charleston during the
1980s. The school later moved to NCAA Division I and made the NCAA
Tournament four times during the 1990s.

Kresse stepped down in 2002.

Herrion's first team at Charleston won the Great Alaska Shootout
and finished 25-8. The next season the Cougars were 20-9, followed
by an 18-10 mark and a 17-11 record last season.

The 43-year-old Marshall said he was attracted to Charleston
because of the commitment the school is making to its basketball
program. The school breaks ground on a new 5,000-seat arena in the
fall.

"The players are in place. The basketball is fairly simple,"
Marshall said. "It's going to be passionate. It's going to be
energetic. We're going to get after people and that John Kresse
Arena will again have smoke coming out of those doors."

Kresse said memberships to the school's athletic booster club
are down, as are the number of basketball season-ticket holders,
and the school needs help raising funds for the new athletic
center.

"Gregg will immediately put people back on the bandwagon and
will get newcomers," Kresse said. "He has class, charisma and
charm and a proven record and he is coming back home."