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Marshall University is a multi-campus, public university, operating under state control, based in Huntington, West Virginia.As part of the University of West Virginia system, it offers innovative undergraduate and graduate education which contribute to the development of society and the individual.The 70-acre campus, located 126 miles east of Lexington, Kentucky, and 50 miles west of Charleston, consists of 30 major buildings including residence halls.In addition to Huntington campus, the university has a graduate-level branch campus (Marshall University Graduate College) in South Charleston, and undergraduate centers in Gilbert, Point Pleasant, and Hurricane.Marshall University was founded by John Laidley (a local lawyer) in 1837, as Marshall Academy in Maple Grove, West Virginia. It was named for John Marshall - the great Chief Justice of the United States.In 1838, the academy was officially chartered by the Virginia General Assembly, and began its first full term, although the school changed its name to Marshall College, in 1857. During the Civil War it was closed for several years. Over the years, the church lost control of the college and it was designated as a state institution in 1867.Marshall College officially commenced granting master's degree programs in 1938, in the field of chemistry, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology.A special highlight for the college was when John F. Kennedy spoke here during his cross-country campaign for the presidency, in 1960.Marshall became a university in 1961, though it had been accredited as a "university level institution" for many decades prior to that. Since then it has grown tremendously, particularly in the 1990's.The construction boom included the likes of the state-of-the-art Drinko Library, Jomie Jazz Center, and the addition of the Graduate College, in 1997).Marshall University’s School of Medicine, the first professional school and the first doctoral program, was founded in 1977. The John Deaver Drinko Library, which includes a 24-hour study center and a coffee shop, was opened on campus in 1998.Today, the institution offers programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, education, fine arts, and nursing. These programs lead to associates degrees, bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, post-master's certificates, doctoral degrees, and first professional degrees. Total enrollment is approximately 12,000, including 4,000 graduate students.Marshall University is accredited by many organizations including the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology, the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the International Association for Management Education, the Council on Social Work Education, the National Association of Schools of Music, and the World Safety Organization.Marshall's sports teams, known as the “Thundering Herd,” compete in NCAA Division I-A as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC). Athletic scholarships are given in football, basketball, baseball, track, and cross country.

Marshall Thundering Herd

The Marshall Thundering Herd is the intercollegiate athletic collection of teams that collectively represent the Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. Thundering Herd athletic teams compete in Conference USA, which are members of the NCAA Division I. The school's official colors are kelly green and white. [2] The Marshall Thundering Herd have won 3 NCAA national championships and one NAIA national championship.

Marshall Thundering Herd
UniversityMarshall University
ConferenceConference USA
NCAADivision I (FBS)
Athletic directorMike Hamrick
LocationHuntington, West Virginia
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumJoan C. Edwards Stadium
Basketball arenaCam Henderson Center
Baseball stadiumAppalachian Power Park
Softball stadiumDot Hicks Field
Soccer stadiumVeterans Memorial Soccer Complex
Other arenasFrederick A. Fitch Natatorium
Brian David Fox Tennis Center
Guyan Golf & Country Club
MascotMarco the Bison
NicknameThundering Herd
Fight song"Sons of Marshall"
Cheer"We are Marshall"
ColorsKelly green and white [1]
Website www .herdzone .com


Early history (1895–1934) Edit

Boyd Chambers was Marshall's head football coach from 1909 to 1916. He is best known for calling the "Tower Play", where one receiver lifted another up on his shoulders to complete a pass, during the 1915 season. [4]

Rick Tolley era (1968–1970) Edit

Rick Tolley was Marshall's head football coach for two seasons, coming to Marshall from his post as defensive line coach for Wake Forest and posting records of 3–7 and 3–6 before being killed on November 14, 1970 in the infamous plane crash in which all 75 passengers, including 37 players, five coaches, administrators, family and friends (along with the Southern Airways five-person crew) were killed traveling home from a game against East Carolina. [5]

Jack Lengyel era (1971–1974) Edit

The Thundering Herd turned to Wooster head coach Jack Lengyel to lead the program following the devastating plane crash in 1970. Lengyel was hired by athletic director Joe McMullen after head coach Rick Tolley was killed along with 37 players and 37 coaches and administrators of Marshall in a plane crash on November 14, 1970.[3] He was selected for the job after it was rejected by a Penn State assistant and an assistant from Georgia Tech turned it down.[4] When Lengyel arrived at Marshall he was forced to recruit athletes from other sports (baseball and basketball) as well as allow a large number of walk-ons in order to rebuild the devastated football program. Although the team struggled in Lengyel's first season at the helm, it managed to win a stunning 15–13 victory over Xavier, scoring a touchdown on the final play of the game. His overall record at Marshall as the head coach was 9–33.

Frank Ellwood era (1975–1978) Edit

Marshall then hired Ohio University assistant Frank Ellwood, a Dover, Ohio native who led the program for four seasons. The team went 2-9 during his first season and then 5-6 during the 1976 campaign, a year which saw the Thundering Herd upset 20th-ranked Miami (Ohio) on Sept. 12, 1976 in Fairfield Stadium in Huntington. The win was redemption for the Herd, which had not defeated Miami since 1939, and a program that remembered the bitter disappointment of the 60-point drubbing in 1971. Marshall finished 2-9 and 1-10 in 1977 and 1978, respectively, failing to win a Southern Conference game in either season.

Sonny Randle era (1979–1983) Edit

Sonny Randle took the reins following the 1978 season. Randle had been the head coach at East Carolina (22-10 from 1971-73) and Virginia (5-17 from 1974-75) in two previous stints as a collegiate head coach. He went 12-42-1 during his five seasons in Huntington, which included a 5-26-1 mark in Southern Conference play. Randle did, however, mentor Marshall Athletics Hall of Famer Carl Lee during his tenure. Lee would go on to be a three-time Pro Bowler during his 11 seasons with the Minnesota Vikings before joining the New Orleans Saints for the 1994 campaign. He was also a first team All-Pro in 1988.

Jim Donnan era (1990–1995) Edit

Led by head coach Jim Donnan, who came to Marshall from his post as offensive coordinator at Oklahoma, [6] Marshall won the Division I-AA national championship in 1992 over Youngstown State (31–28) [7] and was national runner-up in 1991, 1993 and 1995. Marshall set an I-AA record with five straight seasons making at least the semi-finals of the I-AA Playoffs from 1991 to 1995 (and added one more in 1996). Donnan was named NCAA Division I-AA Coach of the Year twice during his tenure at Marshall and resigned after the 1995 season to accept the head football coach position at Georgia. [8]

Bob Pruett era (1996–2004) Edit

Bob Pruett left his post as defensive coordinator at Florida under Steve Spurrier to become head football coach at Marshall, [9] where he served for nine seasons from 1996 to 2004. During his tenure at Marshall, the Thundering Herd compiled a record of 94–23 (.803 winning percentage), featured two undefeated seasons, won six conference championships, won 5 of 7 bowl games, and captured the I-AA National Championship in 1996. Marshall moved to Division I-A and the Mid-American Conference in all sports in 1997. The 1996 team, with Chad Pennington, Randy Moss, John Wade, Chris Hanson, Eric Kresser, Doug Chapman and many other players who played professional football, was 15–0, had no game closer than a two touchdown win and was ranked No. 1 all-season. Marshall won the MAC title five of its eight seasons (1997-98-99-2000–2002) and were runners up in 2001 in the conference before moving to Conference USA in 2005. Since moving back to Division I-A, Marshall has finished in the Top 25 four times: 1999 (10th AP/10th coaches' poll), 2001 (21st coaches' poll), 2002 (24th AP/19th coaches' poll), 2014 (23rd AP/22nd coaches' poll). Marshall fell to Ole Miss in the 1997 Motor City Bowl, 34–31, [10] but won the next three games in Michigan's Pontiac Silverdome, beating Louisville 48–29 in 1998, [11] beating No. 25 BYU 21–3 in 1999 to finish 13–0 [11] and beating Cincinnati in 2000, 25–14. [11] Marshall and East Carolina matched-up in one of college football's greatest bowl games in 2001 at the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, a 64–61 double overtime win by the Herd over the Pirates of Conference USA. It is one of the highest scoring bowl games of all-time, and the Herd rallied from a 38–8 halftime hole behind Byron Leftwich's five touchdown passes. [11] Marshall would fall to the Bearcats in the 2004 Plains Capital Fort Worth Bowl at TCU's Amon G. Carter Stadium, 32–14, [11] in Bob Pruett's final game as head coach before his retirement. [12]

Mark Snyder era (2005–2009) Edit

Mark Snyder came to his alma mater to become head football coach from his defensive coordinator position at Ohio State. [13] Snyder coached the likes of Ahmad Bradshaw, Marcus Fitzgerald and Cody Slate during his time as head coach at Marshall. Snyder's best season was a 6–6 2009 season, which turned out to be his last. He resigned after five seasons, that included only one bowl berth, the 2009 Little Caesar's Pizza Bowl. [14]

Doc Holliday era (2010–2020) Edit

On December 17, 2009, Marshall officially named Doc Holliday, an assistant coach at WVU under Bill Stewart, as the next head coach for the Thundering Herd football team. [15] Marshall athletic director Mike Hamrick said Holliday had signed a five-year contract and would be paid $600,000 per season. [16] Holliday, a WVU alum, almost defeated Stewart's Mountaineers in 2010, but an untimely fumble by freshman Tron Martinez led to the Herd blowing a 15-point lead in the game's final minutes, breaking the hearts of Herd fans. [17] Holliday then led Marshall to a 10–4 season in 2013, capped with a victory in the Military Bowl. In the 2014 season he led the team to a 13–1 season, winning the school's first C-USA Championship and the inaugural Boca Raton Bowl against Northern Illinois 52–23. [18] In 2020, Holliday led the Thundering Herd to a 7-0 start, with Marshall being ranked as high as #15 in the AP Top 25 poll. A 3 game losing streak led the team to finish 7-3 on the season, however Marshall clinched another C-USA East Division title, before ultimately losing to UAB in the 2020 Conference USA Championship game. Holliday was named Coach of the Year in 2020 by Conference USA. In January 2021, Doc Holliday’s contact was not extended, thus causing Marshall to search for a new head football coach.

Charles Huff era (2021-present) Edit

In January 2021 Marshall announced its hiring of former Alabama associate head coach/RB coach Charles Huff. With his hiring Huff became the 31st head football coach at Marshall as well as the university’s first African American head football coach.

  • Independent (1895–1925, 1969–1975) (1925–1933) (1933–1939)
  • WVIAC (non-competing member, membership in regards to school being accredited College) (1939–1948) (1948–1952) (1953–1969, 1997–2005) (1977–1997) (2005–present)

National championships Edit

Marshall has won two NCAA Division I-AA national championships.

Season Coach Selector Record Opponent Result
1992 Jim Donnan NCAA Division I-AA 12–3 Youngstown State W 31–28
1996 Bob Pruett NCAA Division I-AA 15–0 Montana W 49–29

Conference championships Edit

Marshall has won 13 conference championships, 12 outright and one shared. [19]

Season Conference Coach Conference record Overall record
1925 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Tallman 3–0–2 4–1–4
1928 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Charles Tallman 5–0 8–1–1
1931 West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Tom Dandelet 4–1 6–3
1937 Buckeye Conference Cam Henderson 4–0–1 9–0–1
1988† Southern Conference George Chaump 6–1 11–2
1994 Southern Conference Jim Donnan 7–1 12–2
1996 Southern Conference Bob Pruett 8–0 15–0
1997 Mid-American Conference Bob Pruett 8–1 10–3
1998 Mid-American Conference Bob Pruett 8–1 12–1
1999 Mid-American Conference Bob Pruett 9–0 13–0
2000 Mid-American Conference Bob Pruett 6–3 8–5
2002 Mid-American Conference Bob Pruett 8–1 11–2
2014 Conference USA Doc Holliday 7–1 13–1

Division championships Edit

Marshall has nine division championships. [19]

Season Division Coach Opponent CG result
1997 MAC East Bob Pruett Toledo W 34–14
1998† MAC East Bob Pruett Toledo W 23–17
1999 MAC East Bob Pruett Western Michigan W 34–30
2000† MAC East Bob Pruett Western Michigan W 19–14
2001 MAC East Bob Pruett Toledo L 36–41
2002 MAC East Bob Pruett Toledo W 49–45
2013 C-USA East Doc Holliday Rice L 24–41
2014 C-USA East Doc Holliday Louisiana Tech W 26–23
2020 C-USA East Doc Holliday UAB L 13–22

Marshall has been invited to play in 17 bowl games in its history, compiling a record of 12–5 through the 2020 season. [20] [19]

Season Coach Bowl Opponent Result
1947 Cam Henderson Tangerine Bowl Catawba L 0–7
1997 Bob Pruett Motor City Bowl Ole Miss L 31–34
1998 Bob Pruett Motor City Bowl Louisville W 48–29
1999 Bob Pruett Motor City Bowl BYU W 21–3
2000 Bob Pruett Motor City Bowl Cincinnati W 25–14
2001 Bob Pruett GMAC Bowl East Carolina W 64–61 2OT
2002 Bob Pruett GMAC Bowl Louisville W 38–15
2004 Bob Pruett Fort Worth Bowl Cincinnati L 14–32
2009 Rick Minter Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Ohio W 21–17
2011 Doc Holliday Beef 'O' Brady's Bowl FIU W 20–10
2013 Doc Holliday Military Bowl Maryland W 31–20
2014 Doc Holliday Boca Raton Bowl Northern Illinois W 52–23
2015 Doc Holliday St. Petersburg Bowl Connecticut W 16–10
2017 Doc Holliday New Mexico Bowl Colorado State W 31–28
2018 Doc Holliday Gasparilla Bowl South Florida W 38–20
2019 Doc Holliday Gasparilla Bowl UCF L 25–48
2020 Doc Holliday Camellia Bowl Buffalo L 10–17

Tenure Coach Record Pct.
1903–1904 George Ford 4–4–4 .500
1905 Alfred McCray 6–2 .750
1906 Pearl Rardin 4–1 .800
1908 William G. Vinal 0–6 .000
1909–1916 Boyd Chambers 32–27–4 .539
1917 Burton Shipley 1–7–1 .167
1919 Archer Reilly 8–0 1.000
1920 Herbert Cramer 0–8 .000
1921–1922 Skeeter Shelton 11–6–1 .639
1923 Harrison Briggs 1–7 .125
1924 Russ Meredith 4–4 .500
1925–1928 Charles Tallman 22–9–7 .671
1929–1930 John Maulbetsch 8–8–2 .500
1931–1934 Tom Dandelet 18–16–2 .528
1935–1949 Cam Henderson 68–46–5 .592
1950–1952 Pete Pederson 9–19–3 .339
1953–1958 Herb Royer 21–31–2 .407
1959–1967 Charlie Snyder 28–58–3 .331
1968 Perry Moss 0–9–1 .050
1969–1970 Rick Tolley 6–13–0 .316
1971–1974 Jack Lengyel 9–33–0 .272
1975–1978 Frank Ellwood 10–34–0 .227
1979–1983 Sonny Randle 12–42–1 .227
1984–1985 Stan Parrish 13–8–1 .614
1986–1989 George Chaump 33–16–1 .670
1990–1995 Jim Donnan 64–21 .753
1996–2004 Bob Pruett 94–23 .803
2005–2009 Mark Snyder 22–37 .379
2009 Rick Minter 1–0 1.000
2010–2020 Doc Holliday 82–51 .617
2021-present Charles Huff 0–0 .000

Marshall has appeared in the I-AA playoffs eight times, compiling a record 23–6 in those games. They are two-time I-AA National Champions and four-time national runners-up.

Year Round Opponent Result
1987 First Round
National Championship Game
James Madison
Weber State
Appalachian State
Northeast Louisiana
W 41–12
W 51–23
W 24–10
L 42–43
1988 First Round
North Texas
W 7–0
L 9–13
1991 First Round
National Championship Game
Western Illinois
Northern Iowa
Eastern Kentucky
Youngstown State
W 20–17 OT
W 41–13
W 14–7
L 17–25
1992 First Round
National Championship Game
Eastern Kentucky
Middle Tennessee State
Youngstown State
W 44–0
W 35–21
W 28–7
W 31–28
1993 First Round
National Championship Game
Troy State
Youngstown State
W 28–14
W 34–31
W 24–21
L 5–17
1994 First Round
Middle Tennessee
James Madison
Boise State
W 49–14
W 28–21 OT
L 24–28
1995 First Round
National Championship Game
Jackson State
Northern Iowa
McNeese State
W 38–8
W 41–24
W 25–13
L 20–22
1996 First Round
National Championship Game
Northern Iowa
W 59–14
W 54–0
W 31–14
W 49–29

Ohio Edit

Marshall competes against Ohio in the Battle for the Bell, with a traveling bell trophy as the prize for the victor. With Marshall's move to Conference USA in 2005 this rivalry game has been on hiatus. The regularly scheduled series resumed between the two schools in 2010. The rivalry was renewed in 2009 when the Herd and Bobcats faced off in the 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, which the Herd won 21–17. Ohio leads the all-time series over Marshall, however the Thundering Herd have won 10 of 15 meetings since rejoining the FBS in 1997. The six-year series contract between the two schools ran out following the 2015 season. The rivalry series will return for 2019 and 2020, when Marshall and Ohio are scheduled to play a home-and-home against one another first at Marshall, then at Ohio. Ohio leads the series 33–20–6 through the 2018 season. [21]

West Virginia Edit

Marshall played West Virginia in the annual Friends of Coal Bowl until 2012. Marshall and WVU first played in 1911, but it wasn't until 2006 before the two schools from the "Mountain State" faced off annually for the Governor's Cup. Some [ who? ] believe the rivalry began due to political pressure from the state government. The two last played in 2012, and there are no immediate plans to renew the rivalry. West Virginia holds a 12–0 lead in the series as of 2019. [22]

East Carolina Edit

Marshall and East Carolina have a "friendly" rivalry with one another. They are emotionally bonded by the tragic plane crash on November 14, 1970. The Thundering Herd were coming back from Greenville, North Carolina after a 17–14 loss to the Pirates when their plane crashed near Ceredo, West Virginia. The teams have been bonded ever since.

One of Marshall and ECU's most memorable games was the 2001 GMAC Bowl as they combined for a bowl record, 125 points, as Marshall overcame a 30-point deficit to beat East Carolina 64–61 in double overtime. After Marshall defeated East Carolina in 2013, it marked ECU's last conference match-up as a member of Conference USA. On April 3, 2014, both schools announced that the two teams will meet again for a home and home seridatees in 2020 and 2021. East Carolina was supposed to host Marshall at Dowdy–Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, NC on September 5, 2020, but was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Marshall will host at Joan C. Edwards Stadium in Huntington, West Virginia on September 11, 2021 before travelling to Greenville on September 9, 2023 and host again on September 13, 2025. [23] [24]

ECU was 6–3 against the Herd from 2005 to 2013 when both schools were in Conference USA. East Carolina leads the series 10–5 as of 2019. [25]

Marshall football is rich in traditions. Some Marshall football traditions include:

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Marshall University was founded in 1837 as a private subscription school by residents of Guyandotte and the surrounding area. The landmark Old Main, which now serves as the primary administrative building for the university, was built on land known as Maple Grove, at the time the home of the Mount Hebron Church in what was then the state of Virginia. John Laidley, a local attorney, hosted the meeting which led to the founding of Marshall Academy, which was named after Laidley's friend, the eminent John Marshall who had served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States from January 1801 to July 1835.

On March 30, 1838, the institution was formally dedicated by the Virginia General Assembly as Marshall Academy however this institution was not a college level institution as that was understood at that time. In 1858, the Virginia General Assembly changed the name to Marshall College, but this change still did not reflect its status as a true college. The Civil War closed the often financially challenged school for much of the 1860s.

On June 20, 1863, Cabell County, Virginia, was one of the 50 counties separated from Virginia at the height of the American Civil War to form the State of West Virginia, and the college fell within the new state. In 1867, the West Virginia Legislature resurrected the institution as a teacher training facility and renamed it State Normal School of Marshall College. This began the history of the college as a state-supported post-secondary institution.

20th century

With the exception of the Old Main building, expansion of the facilities and the college itself did not begin until 1907, when the West Virginia Board of Regents changed the title of the presiding officer from "principal" to "president" and allowed the creation of new college-level departments. At that time, enrollment surpassed 1,000 students. The school began offering four-year degrees for the first time in 1920.

In 1937, the college suffered through a devastating flooding by the Ohio River. Numerous structures, such as Northcott Hall and the James E. Morrow Library were extensively flooded. Much of Huntington was also heavily damaged, and as a result, a floodwall was constructed around much of the town to prevent future occurrences.

The West Virginia Board of Education authorized Marshall College in 1938 to offer the master's degree in six programs: chemistry, education, history, political science, psychology, and sociology, as the institution underwent another expansion. In that year the school was accredited as a "university level institution" however, elevation to university status would remain a contentious political issue for decades to come. Further expansion accelerated after World War II.

In 1960, John F. Kennedy spoke at the college during his cross-country campaign for the presidency.

On March 2, 1961, West Virginia Legislature finally elevated Marshall to university status, and the legislation was signed by Governor W. W. Barron. The student newspaper, The Parthenon, prepared two front pages for the day, depending on the outcome of the legislature's vote. Also in 1961, WMUL-FM began operations as the first public radio station in West Virginia. The station, which began in the Science Building at 10 watts of power, now broadcasts from the Communications Building with 1,400 watts.

In 1969, the university's athletic program, facing a number of scandals, fired both its football and basketball coaches and was suspended from the Mid-American Conference and from the National Collegiate Athletic Association. The university rebuilt its athletic program back to respectability, and in 1977, the university joined the Southern Conference.

1970 Football team airplane crash

On the evening of November 14, 1970, the Thundering Herd football team, along with coaches and fans, was returning home to Huntington from Kinston, North Carolina. The team had just lost a game 17–14 against the East Carolina University Pirates at Ficklen Stadium in Greenville, North Carolina. The chartered Southern Airways Flight 932 crashed on approach to the Tri-State Airport after clipping trees just west of the runway and impacting, nose-first, into a hollow. All seventy-five people on board were killed, including 37 players and 5 coaches. 13 members of the team, as well as the members of the freshman football team, who were not eligible to play varsity under NCAA rules at that time, were not passengers.

The following season a new head coach, Jack Lengyel, was hired. The leaders of the "Young Thundering Herd" (to which the team officially changed its name for the 1971 season) were the few players who did not make the trip due to injury or disciplinary action. Additionally, there were 15 sophomores from the previous year's freshman team. The squad was also composed of freshmen players who were allowed to play at the varsity level due to the National Collegiate Athletic Association, college football's governing body, waiving a rule prohibiting it. Three years later, it would waive the rule for all schools. Completing the squad were players from other Marshall sports programs. They would win only two games in 1971. Their first win was an emotional 15–13 victory against Xavier University in the home opener. Their second win, in their homecoming game, was against the Bowling Green State University Falcons.

A fountain and plaza at the center of the school campus is dedicated to the seventy-five victims. The water does not flow from November 14 until the first day of spring football practice the following year. The tragedy and its aftermath were the subject of several documentaries, including the award-winning Marshall University: Ashes to Glory. The tragedy and the rebuilding efforts were dramatized in the 2006 Warner Brothers feature , which opened in Huntington a week before its national release date. Many scenes in the movie were filmed on the campus and throughout Huntington.

From 1970

In 1971 the Williamson and Logan campuses of Marshall University were combined by the West Virginia Legislature to form Southern West Virginia Community College (now Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College).

In 1977 the university founded its School of Medicine, the first professional school and the first doctoral program. Over the next 20 years the school would add doctoral programs in many fields. Twenty years later, in 1997, the West Virginia Graduate College became the graduate college of Marshall University. Its campus is located in South Charleston, West Virginia. In 1998, the John Deaver Drinko Library opened on campus. The center includes a 24-hour study center and a coffee shop, and has both wired and wireless networking throughout the building. John Deaver Drinko graduated from the university in 1942.

In 1997, Marshall merged with the University of West Virginia College of Graduate Studies (COGS), with the latter being renamed Marshall University Graduate College. In 2010 the university was authorized to begin offering undergraduate classes in South Charleston and renamed the facility Marshall University - South Charleston Campus.

Marshall's enrollment was 16,500 in 2004. In addition to the main campus in Huntington and the branch campus in South Charleston, West Virginia, the school maintains undergraduate centers in Gilbert, Point Pleasant, and Hurricane, West Virginia. In 1989, Marshall was governed by the University of West Virginia Board of Trustees, but this ended in 2000.

21st century

Several new facilities have been recently completed all around the Huntington campus. These buildings include two new first-year student residence halls, a health and recreation center, an engineering lab facility, softball field, and an artificial turf practice field that is open to the public. The Marshall University Foundation Hall, home of the Erickson Alumni Center, finished construction in 2010. In 2013 Marshall began construction on a new indoor practice facility, a new soccer field and the Applied Engineering complex.

In July 2005, Dr. Stephen J. Kopp took over as Marshall University's president and Dr. Gayle Ormiston serves as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. The eight college deans are Dr. Robert Bookwalter (COLA), Mr. Don Van Horn (CAM), Dr.Teresa Eagle (COEPD), Dr. Wael Zatar (CITE), Dr. Haiyang Chen (COB), Dr. Chuck Somerville (COS), Dr. Michael Prewitt (COHP) and Dr. Joseph Shapiro, the dean of the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine.

Death of President Kopp and Presidential Vacancy

On December 17, 2014, the presidency of Marshall University was vacated after the death of Dr. Kopp late that evening due to a heart attack. The Marshall University Board of Governors met on campus in emergency session on December 18, 2014 to begin the succession process. Board Chairman Michael Sellers announced that the board would appoint an interim president in early 2015 and will likely take from six to nine months to appoint a permanent replacement. Until an interim president was selected, the board authorized the university senior leadership team/university cabinet to oversee operations.

The Board of Governors announced on December 29, 2014 that Gary G. White, a member of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission and former chairman of the Marshall University Board of Governors, will serve as interim president of the university, effective Thursday, January 1, 2015. It was also announced that White will resign from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission to take on the role of interim president and will not be a candidate for the permanent position.


Marshall baseball was a winning program right from the start. The Herd won the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (which Marshall helped to found in 1924 as what would be known as the WVIAC) in 1928-29-30-3 under former Ohio State University and St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Johnny "Stud" Stuart, then won the Buckeye Conference 1933-34-35 under Marshall and West Virginia University Halls of Fame member Roy "Legs" Hawley.

It would be until 1978 before the Herd won another league title, winning the Southern Conference in its second year in the league and again in 1981. Marshall advanced to the NCAA Tournament in 1973 as an independent and 1978 as the SoCon champ, all under legendary baseball Head Coach Jack Cook. Marshall finished as runner-up in the 2008 C-USA Baseball Tournament, falling in the finals to Houston, 3–2, but winning a MU record 30 games without a home field to use in Huntington for the entire season. For the first time since 1994, MU had players drafted in the June 5–6 Major League Baseball Draft with a school-record three being selected, plus one recruit in 2008. Steve Blevins, who tied the single-season wins mark with a 9–3 mark, signed with the Minnesota Twins on June 11, while Nate Lape was drafted by the Colorado Rockies and Tommy Johnson by the Seattle Mariners. Lape and second baseman Adam Yeager played in the Cape Cod League, the premier wooden bat summer college baseball league, for the Brewster Whitecaps. In 2015, outfielder Corey Bird was an All-Cape Cod League selection, then hit .300 for the 2016 Herd and led C-USA in stolen bases. In 2016, Marshall finished second in C-USA by 1/2 game behind Florida Atlantic, and the Herd advanced to the semi-finals of the C-USA Tournament, losing to eventual champ Southern Miss on the Golden Eagles home stadium, 3–2, in the semis and finishing 2–2 in the tourney. The Herd won a Marshall record 34 games (and lost only 21), posted the first winning season since 1994 and made the C-USA Tournament for the first time since 2010. Marshall was 13–2 in the final five series of the year in the league games and swept three in a row on the way to winning eight C-USA series, also an all-time high. Senior Chase Boster became Marshall's biggest winning when he passed both Albie DeYoung and Grant Harper with his 20th win of his career, finishing 8–3 on the season.

Marshall has an all-time record of 1,363–1,532–12 (at end of 2016 season, 110 seasons all-time since 1896). [2]

Unlike most Division I baseball programs, Marshall did not have a full-time home stadium. Due to Conference USA standards, it played non-conference games at Kennedy Center Field, a community baseball field just outside Huntington. Due to its limited amenities for both fans and players, Marshall has played conference games at Appalachian Power Park in Charleston, more than 50 miles from campus. Select games were also played at Linda K. Epling Stadium in Beckley, 110 miles from campus. Upgrades to the Kennedy Center Field allowed Marshall to play all its games at beginning in 2019, with the exception of games versus rivals WVU and Virginia Tech, which draw a larger crowd than the Kennedy Center can accommodate and will continue to be played in Charleston.

In 2018, the school purchased land near its existing campus for a new ballpark. Construction began in 2019, with completion originally planned for the 2021 season. The opening has since been delayed to the 2022 season due to COVID-19. [3] [4]

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Marshall University was one of Marshall's earliest schools. It was authorized by Sam Houston in 1842. In 1843 Peter Whetstone, founder of Marshall, gave ten acres of land for educational purposes. The plot is located on the corner of W. Houston and College St., where Marshall Junior High School stands today. The building shown in the picture was contracted in 1851. It served the community until 1910, when it closed its doors. The school was never a true university. It served educational needs of more youthful boys and girls. A historical marker on the campus recognizes the school's history and … continued below

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Our history

Marshall has been celebrated by some of the world&rsquos greatest bands and musicians including: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Slash, Oasis, Muse, Gorillaz and Bring Me The Horizon. We can be seen on tour with artists like Justin Timberlake, Kendrick Lamar and Lana Del Rey. However, none of this would be possible without founder and revolutionary, Jim Marshall OBE and his son Terry.

Jim was born in London on 29 July 1923 and as a child he suffered with tubercular bones which meant that he spent much of his early years hospitalised to the age of 13. At his father&rsquos suggestion he took up tap dancing to strengthen the bones in his legs and he soon discovered that he had a flair for music. Subsequently Jim took up the drums and by the late 1930&rsquos he was playing semi-professionally, before going onto to teach.

After over 20 years gigging on the road on 7 July 1960, Jim opened a family run music store with his wife Violet and son Terry called &lsquoJim Marshall and Son&rsquo, at 76 Uxbridge Road, Hanwell, London. Today you will find a plaque on the pavement outside to celebrate our humble beginnings.

The store sold a variety of musical instruments and attracted many young emerging talents, such as Pete Townshend, Ritchie Blackmore, John Entwistle and Big Jim Sullivan, who were friends of Terry and knew the music store through Jim&rsquos drum students, such as Keith Moon.

The store quickly got a reputation as the place to be for young rock musicians. More established music stores at the time were concerned with providing Jazz instruments which was the prominent style, but Jim saw an opportunity to supply the alternative crowd. He soon became one of the leading amplifier stores in the region.

However, these young guitarists, were complaining of not getting the tone they wanted from the amplifiers available. So, Jim and Terry decided to build their own.

Jim focused mainly on the mechanics of the product, while Terry and Ken Bran, then Service Engineer, looked at an RCA circuit and started experimenting with different components. Like Jim, neither were guitarists, with Terry a prominent Saxophonist, and it was these different ears that enabled the Marshall Sound to be born.

The first amplifier now known as &lsquoNumber One&rsquo attracted 23 orders on its first day in store in September 1962 and would become the first of many JTM45 amps. Aptly named, it stands for Jim & Terry Marshall. The '45' stands for the RMS (root mean square) value, which differed from the other manufacturers who rated their amps at peak power.

In March 1963, such was the success of the amplifiers, that Jim opened a second shop over the road at 93 Uxbridge Road to accommodate more products and production. However, demand soon exceeded supply and in June 1964, Marshall opened their first dedicated factory on Silverdale Road in nearby Hayes.

Marshall went to another level in 1965 when Pete Townshend demanded the sound to be louder with a bigger stage presence. The solution was, to the horror of roadies everywhere, the Marshall 8x12&rdquo speaker cabinet. But Jim quickly replaced these with two stacked 4x12&rdquo cabs giving rise to our iconic Marshall Stack. The rest, as they say, is history.

&ldquoAfter all, I have been nicknamed The Father of Loud!&rdquo

Jim Marshall OBE.

In 1966, a well-known local drummer and former student of Jim, Mitch Mitchell, started playing with a then relatively unknown American guitarist called Jimi. During a gig, a venue refused to remove the Marshall stacks off the stage to make space for the bands amp, so after playing through the stack, Jimi Marshall Hendrix asked Mitch for an introduction to the &lsquoperson who shared his name&rsquo. From then on, Marshall was international.

We quickly outgrew the Hanwell shops and Hayes factory and moved to Bletchley in 1967 continuing to be pioneers through the remainder of the decade. Initially, Jim was asked to move to a factory site in Rugby but felt this was too far from his roots. Bletchley offered the right combination of skilled workers, reasonable rent, central distribution and closeness to London, and has remained the home of Marshall to this day.

Our legendary JCM800 launched in 1981 found fame with its bold new look and aggressive modern sound. With lower production costs, this amp was affordable for young bands starting out in the punk or heavy metal genre. Today, our JCM800 re-issue is a favourite of Lzzy Hale, the frontwoman of hard rock band Halestorm.

&ldquoEvery time I plug it in I get that same feeling, that same desire to just rock.&rdquo

Lzzy Hale, Halestorm.

In 1987, we celebrated 25 years in the amplifier business and, for Jim, this signified 50 years in the music business. In honour of these anniversaries, we released our stylish Silver Jubilee amplifiers. With their silver vinyl cladding and chrome-plated panels these amps are still incredibly desirable today.

1997 marked 35 years of Marshall and to honour this we launched our renowned DSL range. You may also remember seeing our white vinyl amps that year, maybe you were even lucky enough to get one&mdashthere were only 250 manufactured. 10 years later, our flagship amps, the JVM series, were released, boasting multi-channel, tonal and functional versatility.

Change was in the air in 2010 as we branched into the headphones market. We wanted to bring Marshall brand quality to a wider audience and a new range of products. We launched the Major and Minor headphones featuring the white script logo, black vinyl covering and heavy-duty hinges. These have been hugely successful and now in-ear, on-ear and over-ear options are available with ANC and voice technology.

We welcomed Natal to our family the same year. Although the company was officially founded in 1965, British percussionist Alan Sharp had been assembling his own instruments since the late 50's. As orders for his revolutionary percussion came flooding in, Natal Percussion Company was formed, championed by the likes of Fleetwood Mac and The Rolling Stones.

The use of fibreglass for greater sound projection and rounded hoops that were easier on the hands made his instruments popular. Although these manufacturing methods would later be adopted by other drum companies, Natal were the pioneers and interest in the brand exploded as a consequence. Natal continued to flourish in the following decades, extending their product range to include the Fusion series in the early 90's as well as cowbells, cajons and small percussion in the following years. More recently, Natal has moved into drum kits, attracting young musicians like Jamie Morrison (Stereophonics), Jordan Pugh (Boston Manor) and Oli Wiseman (Anne Marie).

&ldquoI've never felt so comfortable behind a kit!&rdquo

Jordan Pugh, Boston Manor.

2012 marked an incredible 50 years for Marshall. Our 1 Watt heads and combos were released to commemorate this special occasion and pay homage to some of our greatest creations. In true Marshall fashion, we took over Wembley Arena for a star-studded rock concert featuring a host of legendary musicians who all paid tribute to Jim who sadly passed away in April that year.

&ldquoI would have been delighted if we could have built and sold just 50 amps. I didn't dream that the endeavour would last 50 years.&rdquo

Jim Marshall OBE.

We also diversified again, this time offering a range of music speakers for home or leisure use. Our first two speakers, Hanwell and Stanmore, were named after significant locations in the Marshall story. Our speakers are based on the iconic style of our vintage amps and include vinyl covering, gold metal finish, script logos and fret cloth.

In 2016 we launched the digital, fully programmable, Bluetooth connected CODE. This amp has a wide range of sound options with professional quality models and 24 digital FX. With these amps you have full creative control and can choose from a range of Marshall sounds.

&ldquoIt&rsquos pretty amazing to actually have everything you would want in an amp&hellipin an amp!&rdquo

Nita Strauss.

To complete our support of young musicians, we launched Marshall Records in January 2017. Signing talented bands such as REWS, Therapy? and Press to Meco.

Our inspiration to form a record label was due to our relationship with David Evans from King Creature. After receiving his first amp from us, David&rsquos mother kept us up to date with his progress and it turns out, he is epic. When King Creature was formed, we had to be involved and give them a platform to take their music forward. Today, they fly the flag alongside Bottom Line, Keywest, Thousand Thoughts, Grand Slam, Bad Touch, Inklings and D_Drive.

Here at Marshall we&rsquore proud of our history but we&rsquore only just getting started. You may have noticed that we&rsquove released new products, refreshed our look, added new features to our website, all to realise our vision to support the next generation of musicians and music lovers.

Marshall are defined as innovators and we will continue to push the boundaries of possibility to help inspire you to find your sound.

We're proud of our athletes' frequent successes as well as their Citizenship Awards and high GPAs (over 3.0). SMSU student-athletes have earned CoSIDA Academic All-America(R) honors 23 times in school history, 12 since 2009! SMSU has won 52 NSIC team, one NCAA national runner-up, three NCAA regional, and three NIWBT national championships. Four athletes have won individual national championships!

Southwest Minnesota State University is located in Marshall, Minnesota, a friendly growing community of 14,000+. Marshall, named one of America's Best Small Cities, is an easy drive from the Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Sioux Falls SD and Fargo ND. Marshall is also the proud home of Schwan's Company, Ralco Nutrition, Action TrackChair, along with major employers USBank, Archer Daniels Midland, and Avera Marshall Regional Medical Center. Amenities in Marshall include 10 city parks and a state park just 10 minutes away. Over 40 miles of trails allow for year-round exploration of the city and the region on foot or on bike. A thriving downtown and a variety of local and chain restaurants make Marshall an ideal place to grow and thrive.

Students and faculty alike come to Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall to explore and enjoy the abundant opportunities for learning, living, and leadership. It’s the perfect place to DISCOVER, ENGAGE, LEAD—whatever your interests are!


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