List of Marshall University people
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- Jeff Montgomery, former three-time All-Star closer, Cincinnati Reds and Kansas City Royals, KC Hall of Fame member, with over 300 saves, Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame; led Herd to 1981 Southern Conference Championship, 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; pitched in World Series, 2000 for Mets, winning one games against the New York Yankees, also pitched for Huntington (W.Va.) High School.
- Dan Straily, relief pitcher, Oakland Athletics, 2012–14; Chicago Cubs, 2014; Houston Astros, 2015; Cincinnati Reds, 2016; Miami Marlins, 2017; former Marshall pitcher, member of 2008 Conference USA finalists in 2008 for Thundering Herd team that finished 30-30-1, most wins in school history, stood until 2016 team finished 34-21.
- Dan D'Antoni, head coach Marshall University since 2014; previously professional NBA assistant coach, with Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns; member of Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame; 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 1967, losing in 2OT to St. Peter's (102-93); coached Socastee High School at Myrtle Beach, S.C. to over 500 wins, created Beach Ball Classic Tournament with both basketball and scholar competitions.
- Mike D'Antoni, current head coach of Houston Rockets, previously head coach Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, Phoenix Suns, Denver Nuggets and in Italian League for many years; former player, NBA Kansas City Royals, and Italian League; 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors (1998); Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame for leading Herd to NCAA Tournament in 1972 (23-4, No. 12 in nation in Associated Press poll and No. 18 in UPI poll, reached as high as No. 8 in nation in AP); and to NIT in 1973 (20-7), losing to Fairfield (80-76)
- Hal Greer, Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame (inducted 1982), Springfield, Mass.; 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996); Philadelphia 76ers and Syracuse Nationals; Marshall University Athletic Hall of Fame; WV Sportswriters Hall of Fame; won NBA Title in 1967, was MVP of All-Star Game in 1968.
- Hassan Whiteside, professional basketball, NBA Sacramento Kings, 2010–11, Miami Heat 2014–17, 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, NCAA assistant coach-offensive line at Oklahoma State; formerly 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 at NC State since 2014, 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 University Athletic Hall of Fame; became head coach Meigs (Ohio) High School in 2012 (where he played in high school) and Country Commissioner for Meigs Co.
- Alex Bazzie, CFL player for British Columbia Lions 2014-17; signed contract with Indianapolis Colts as Reserve/Future player this spring, possible move to NFL.
- 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; picked up by the Indianapolis Colts in the offseason of 2013-2015, retired
- Omar Brown, NFL safety, 2012-14 Baltimore Ravens, Super Bowl Champion
- Troy Brown, former Pro Bowl receiver/punt returner, New England Patriots, three Super Bowl championships and two runners-up, 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
- 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
- Chris Hanson, former NFL punter, New England Patriots, New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars
- 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 of 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 2008–2012; member of 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; 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; holds the single-season record for receiving touchdown with 23; second all-time in receiving TD's with 156, trailing only Jerry Rice;free agent
- Okechukwu Okoroha, football player
- Chris Parker, NFL player
- 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 in three sports at Marshall 1961–64 (football, track and wrestling); member of Marshall Hall of Fame
- Jason Rader, former NFL tight end, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots
- Steve Sciullo, former NFL Offensive Lineman, Indianapolis Colts and Philadelphia Eagles
- 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
- Wayne Underwood, NFL player
- John Wade, former NFL center, Oakland Raiders, Jacksonville Jaguars and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Darius Watts, former wide receiver, Philadelphia Soul, Arena Football League, 2008; New York Giants and Denver Broncos, NFL
- Chantelle Handy, basketball player for the Great Britain women's national basketball team in the 2012 Summer Olympics
- Lea Ann Parsley, Olympic silver medalist (Skeleton), 2002 Salt Lake City Games, Marshall Hall of Fame (track & field and basketball); lettered four times in basketball and track each as student athlete
- 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
- Dustin Hazelett, professional mixed martial artist, formerly with the UFC
- Rockford Thunder, National Pro Fastpitch
- Christopher Cline, entrepreneur and philanthropist
- Jim Justice, businessman, Governor of West Virginia
- Brad D. Smith, President and CEO, Intuit
- Billy Crystal, actor, comedian, was awarded and accepted a baseball scholarship at Marshall University
- Brad Dourif, Academy Award-nominated actor, voice of Chucky in the Child's Play film series; The Lord of the Rings and Deadwood; stepson of William Campbell, captain at Royal and Ancient St. Andrew's Course in Scotland and 15-time winner of WV Amateur Golf Tournament
- Justin McElroy and Griffin McElroy, co-hosts of the popular advice podcast My Brother, My Brother, and Me
- Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men, Erin Brockovich
- John Fiedler, movie producer
- 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 Wheel of Fortune announcer
- Chris Drebbit, former lead singer of band Bobaflex
- Joe Johns, Congressional correspondent, CNN, formerly with NBC
- Julia Keller, feature reporter and 2005 Pulitzer Prize winner, Chicago Tribune
- Rob Redding, Internet and radio journalist and 2014 Pulitzer Prize nominee, Redding News Review
- Tom Bailey, fiction writer
- Nelson S. Bond, fantasy and science fiction writer
- Breece D'J Pancake, short fiction writer
- Robert C. Byrd, U.S. Senator from West Virginia, 1959–2010
- Tom Hayden, mayor of Flower Mound, Texas
- Earl Ray Tomblin, former Governor of West Virginia
- Jim Justice, current Governor of West Virginia
- "Mike D'Antoni,". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Harold Everett Greer". Basketball-Reference.Com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Michael Weldon Bartrum". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- "Ahmad Bradshaw". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Christopher Alan Crocker". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Frank Gatski". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "Chris Hanson". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- "John Wade". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved December 10, 2012.
- Handy makes British Olympic team
- "Dustin Hazelett College". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- "Dustin Hazelett UFC Bio". Retrieved 2014-01-01.
- Tucker, Neely (March 6, 2011). "W.Va. billionaire Jim Justice's mission to restore the Greenbrier resort". Washington Post. Retrieved July 4, 2015.