Herd coach at Tanks Stadium Sunday

Published 1:53 am Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Doc Holliday is riding into town and he plans to shoot straight.

The Marshall Thundering Herd new head football coach is schedule to speak at 11 a.m. Sunday at Tanks Memorial Stadium courtesy of First United Methodist Church.

Holliday will speak as part of the Sunday church service.

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Not only will Holliday be the featured speaker, there will be a tailgate party after the church service and door prize drawings that will include two tickets to the Marshall at Ohio State football game on Sept. 2.

A long-time college assistant including his most recent stint as associate head coach and recruiting director at West Virginia, Holliday was hired Dec. 17 as the Herd coach. He replaces Mark Snyder who resigned and accepted a position as defensive coordinator at South Florida.

Considered a strong recruiter, Holliday has been an assistant coach at numerous schools including Florida and N.C. State.

He has coached in 20 bowl games, three national championship games and 11 of his players have gone on to play in the NFL. Holliday has coached four All-Americans and 16 players have earned all-conference or All-Big East honors.

At Florida, the Gators won the 2006 national championship and the second Holliday coached led the SEC in interceptions in 2005 and 2006.

A native of Hurricane, W.Va., Holliday was a three-year letterman as a linebacker at West Virginia.