Marshall University today introduced Charles C. Huff as its 31st head football coach, elevating the 37-year-old Maryland native to his first stint as head coach.
In addressing reporters online and a virtual audience of several thousand people via a livestream, Huff opened his remarks by thanking Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert, Athletic Director Mike Hamrick, the university’s Board of Governors, the search committee and “everybody who bleeds green.”
“Everyone should take the attitude we are working to build a champion,” Huff said. “We aren’t working on championships or a certain game; we are working to be a champion. My mission statement is to create an environment and atmosphere to build the best person, then student, and then player. We want every student athlete to have better success in life because they were part of this program.”
Gilbert welcomed Huff to Huntington, saying he was proud to have Huff and his family as part of the Marshall family.
“We all know that Herd football is about greatness and success,” Gilbert said. “It is about tragedy and rebirth, and the 75 and the young Thundering Herd. We welcome Coach Huff to begin this next chapter in our rich history—the Huff era.”
Huff was also presented with a personalized Thundering Herd football jersey by Hamrick before answering questions from sports reporters around the state. He officially began his duties today.