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This is a list of notable people associated with
Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, United States of America.
Athletics [ edit ]
Baseball [ edit ]
Jeff Montgomery, former three-time All-Star closer, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals, KC Hall of Fame member, with over 300 saves, Marshall Hall of Fame; led Herd to 1981 Southern Conference title, last conference title won by program, and tied MU record with four shutouts as freshman pitcher.
Rick Reed, former MLB starting pitcher Cincinnati Reds, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Mets and Minnesota Twins, MU assistant coach for baseball in 2005
Dan Straily, relief pitcher, Oakland Athletics, 2012–13; former Marshall pitcher, member of 2008 Conference USA runners-up in 2008 for Thundering Herd.
Basketball [ edit ]
Mike D'Antoni, head coach, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns and Denver Nuggets; former player, NBA Kansas City Royals, and Italian League; 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors (selected 1998); Marshall Hall of Fame for leading Herd to NCAA Tournament in 1972 (23-4, No. 12 in nation in Associated Press and UPI polls) and to NIT in 1973. [1 ]
Dan D'Antoni, professional NBA assistant coach, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns; member Marshall Hall of Fame, and as point guard led Herd to back-to-back NIT appearances in 1967 and 1968, advancing to "Final Four" with wins over Villanova and Nebraska in '67.
Hal Greer, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1982), Springfield, Mass.; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (selected 1996); Philadelphia 76ers and Syracuse Nationals, Marshall Hall of Fame, WV Sportswriters Hall of Fame [2 ]
J.R. VanHoose, former professional basketball player North Charleston Lowgators, West Virginia Wild and East Kentucky Energy, member of Marshall Hall of Fame in 2008; Coach, Phelps (KY) High School girls basketball; Scored 1,803 points (fifth all-time) and pulled 1,086 rebounds (second all-time at Marshall) as center for Thundering Herd, 1998-2002.
Hassan Whiteside, professional basketball, NBA Sacramento Kings, 2010–11, drafted in second round of 2010 Draft; NBADL Reno Bighorns, 2011–12, and Sioux Falls Skyforce, 2012-13; Played just one year at Marshall, but set game (13), season and career (182) blocks records for Marshall, 2009–10, for Coach Donnie Jones, and helped Herd to CIT berth, first post-season for MU since 1988, earning Freshman All-American honors from The Sporting News.
Tyler Wilkerson, professional basketball, Israel, 2011–12; NBADL, Austin Toros. 2012-13; finished with 657 rebounds (16th all-time) and 1,038 points (38th all-time) at Marshall University, and helped Herd to back-to-back CIT berths, the Herd's first post-season action since 1988.
Greg Adkins, NFL assistant coach-tight ends, Buffalo Bills, 2013; college assistant-tight ends, Syracuse University; captain and starting tackle for Thundering Herd; started career at Marshall, also coached at University of Georgia.
George Barlow, college football assistant coach, Vanderbilt University, 2012–13; previously assistant coach and interim head coach at New Mexico State; played defensive back for Thundering Herd, 1987-90.
Mike Bartrum, Pro Bowl long snapper, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs, retired 2007, Marshall Hall of Fame; became Head coach Meigs, Ohio, High School 2012 and country commissioner for Meigs Co. [3 ]
Rogers Beckett, former NFL safety, played for the San Diego Chargers and the Cincinnati Bengals; standout safety for Thundering Herd football.
Ahmad Bradshaw, NFL running back, New York Giants, Super Bowl champs for 2007 and 2011, cut in winter of 2013 and free agent, due to salary cap restrictions on Giants, also surgery on ankle this off-season.He was picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason of 2013. [4 ]
Omar Brown, NFL safety, 2012 Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl Championship.
Troy Brown , former Pro Bowl receiver/punt returner, New England Patriots, three Super Bowl championships and two runner-ups, Marshall Hall of Fame and member of Comcast-New England, covering Pats football
Larry Coyer, former NFL assistant coach, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos, Marshall Hall of Fame
Chris Crocker, NFL safety, Miami Dolphins, Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals [5 ]
Frank Gatski, Pro Football Hall of Fame (inducted 1985), Canton, Ohio; Center/linebacker for Cleveland Browns 1946-56, Detroit Lions 1957; Won eight championships in 11 title games over 12 seasons in the NFL and AAFC, most ever by any position (non-kicker) player, Marshall Hall of Fame, West Virginia Sportswriters Hall of Fame [6 ]
Chris Hanson, former NFL punter, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars [7 ]
Mario Harvey, NFL linebacker, Indianapolis Colts, 2011-2012
Carl Lee , former Pro Bowl defensive back, Minnesota Vikings and New Orleans Saints, Marshall Hall of Fame, Vikings 50th Anniversary team and former head coach West Virginia State University Yellow Jacket football
Byron Leftwich, NFL Quarterback, Jacksonville Jaguars (Drafted first round, selection #7, highest in Marshall history) and Atlanta Falcons, currently with the Pittsburgh Steelers for 2008-2012, and member Marshall Hall of Fame; led Herd to Motor City Bowl win in 2000 over University of Cincinnati, to GMAC Bowl win over East Carolina University 64-61 in 2OTs in 2001 and another GMAC Bowl win in 2002 over University of Louisville, 38-15, and won Mid-American Conference titles in 2000 and 2002.
Doug Legursky, NFL center/guard and fullback, Pittsburgh Steelers, since 2009; team captain for Thundering Herd as three-year starter at center.
Chris Massey, former NFL long snapper/fullback, St. Louis Rams, Chicago Bears and Carolina Panthers; as player for Herd, helped Herd to numerous conference titles and bowl wins; misfired on only one snap in college and NFL career.
Albert McClellan, NFL linebacker, Baltimore Ravens 2010-12, won Super Bowl championship 2012; Conference USA Defensive Player of Year in 2007, led Herd to win in 2009 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl over Ohio University, 21-17.
Randy Moss , Five-time Pro Bowl receiver. Holds the single-season record for receiving touchdowns by a rookie with 17; also holds the single-season record for receiving touchdown with 23. Moss is second all-time in receiving TD's with 156, trailing only Jerry Rice. He is currently listed as a free agent. New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings (two-times), Tennessee Titans and San Francisco 49ers in 2012 (making second trip to Super Bowl, 0-for-2/also Pats in 2007), and Marshall Hall of Fame
Chad Pennington, former NFL quarterback, Miami Dolphins and New York Jets, 2000-2010 (first round, #12 pick); FOX NFL analyst, 2012; Marshall Hall of Fame; led 1995 Herd to I-AA finals as true frosh; then led MU to Mid-American Conference titles in 1997-98-99, Motor City Bowls in 1997-98-99, to No. 25 ranking ( The Sporting News) in 1998 with 12-1 mark, then to No. 10 rankings in Associated Press, USA Today and The Sporting News final polls for I-A football with 13-0 mark in 1999, knocking off No. 25 BYU in MCB III.
Tony Petersen, college football coach-offensive coordinator, Louisiana Tech, 2013; co-offensive coordinator, qb coach and assoc. head coach, Marshall University, 2010–12; also coached at Marshall, 1991-2000; Marshall Hall of Fame; quarterbacked Herd to I-AA National Finals for first time, falling to University of Louisiana-Monroe, 43-42, in championship game in a school-record 10-win season in 1987, then saved three games (setting MU record) in 1988, winning Southern Conference Athlete of the Year honors.
Bob Pruett, former defensive coordinator, University of Virginia and former head coach, Marshall University, 1996-2004, lettered nine times/three sports at Marshall 1961-64 (football, track and wrestling) and member of Marshall Hall of Fame
Jason Rader, former NFL tight end, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots
Lee Smith, NFL tight end, Buffalo Bills, 2012; New England Patriots, 2011-12.
Mark Snyder, college assistant coach-defensive coordinator, Texas A&M, 2012–13; defensive coordinator, USF Bulls, 2010–12; head coach, Marshall University, 2005-2009; defensive coordinator, Ohio State University, 1999-2005; defensive coordinator, Youngstown State University.
C.J. Spillman, NFL safety, San Diego Chargers and San Francisco 49ers, played in Super Bowl XLVII, losing to Baltimore Ravens.
Shonda Stanton, Head Coach Marshall University, former head coach Akron Racers in NPF National Pro Fastpitch.
John Wade, former NFL center, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers [8 ]
Darius Watts, former wide receiver, Philadelphia Soul, Arena Football League, 2008; New York Giants and Denver Broncos, NFL
Olympians [ edit ]
Tammie Green, LPGA golfer
Luke Gross, all-time scoring leader caps leader for the US national rugby union team; Gross played basketball at Marshall, 1991–93
Brett Rowe, Marshall alumni, ARCA Re/Max Series driver, now drives Herd Racing's Marshall University sponsored NASCAR Nationwide car, #75 (in honor of crash victims from 1970 MU football plane crash)
Amanda Williams, outfielder for Rockford Thunder and Chicago Bandits in the NPF National Pro Fastpitch, and assistant coach, Marshall University softball.
Jessica Williams, Rockford Thunder, National Pro Fastpitch.
Business [ edit ]
Harvey White, co-founder, Qualcomm
Brad Smith, CEO, Intuit
Christopher Cline, entrepreneur & philanthropist James C. Smith, President & CEO, Thomson Reuters
F. Selby Wellman, Vice-President, Cisco Systems Verna LeMasters Gibson, first female CEO of Fortune 500 company (
The Limited) Kyle Schafer, Chief Technology Officer, State of West Virginia
Jim Justice, president & CEO, James C. Justice Companies, Inc.
John Deaver Drinko, attorney, philanthropist
Denise Baisden Wright, NASA physician Matthew B. Bush, LCOB 2004, Detroit Manufacturing Mogal
Entertainment [ edit ]
Billy Crystal, movies / comedy star, attended (1966)
Brad Dourif, voice of Chucky in the film series, Child's Play and The Lord of the Rings ; stepson of William Campbell, captain at Royal and Ancient St. Andrew's Course in Scotland and 15-time winner of WV Amateur Golf Tournament Deadwood
Conchata Ferrell, "Two and a Half Men," "Erin Brockovich"
John Fiedler, movie producer
Mark McVey, Broadway singer/actor
Cynthia Rylant, author of children's books
Soupy Sales, national TV star of 1950s and 1960s
Michael W. Smith, three-time Grammy Award winner
Jim Thornton, current announcer Wheel of Fortune
History [ edit ]
Journalism [ edit ]
Joe Johns, Congressional correspondent, CNN, formerly with NBC
Sean Callebs, Correspondent, CNN
Julia Keller, feature reporter and 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner, Chicago Tribune Jack Maurice,
Pulitzer Prize winning editorial writer for the Charleston Daily Mail Burl Osborne, former editor and publisher,
Dallas Morning News
Jason Pheister, Vice President, Local Sports Channels for Time Warner Cable's national News and Local Programming group
Lou Sahadi, formerly of Miami Herald, author, publisher Marvin Stone, former editor,
U.S. News and World Report Jerry Tipton, member of U.S. Basketball Writers Association Hall of Fame,
Lexington Herald-Leader Woody Woodrum, Publisher,
Herd Insider, co-host Insider Sportsline, Marshall pre/post game shows and color on Thundering Herd/IMG Sports Network for men's basketball, football and color for Huntington High School football
Literature [ edit ]
Politics [ edit ]
Robert C. Byrd U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1959-2010
Morris D. Busby, U.S. Ambassador, born in Marshall's administration building, Old Main, when father was President of Marshall
Tom Hayden, mayor of Flower Mound, Texas
Simon D. Perry
Jean Edward Smith, biographer and Marshall University professor Brig. General
David W. Stallings, U.S. Army, Ret.
Earl Ray Tomblin, Governor - State of West Virginia
Col. Rick Gullickson, U.S. Army Medical Corps Maj. Gen. Anthony Crutchfield, U.S. Army,