Welcome to the Herd


Austin O'Connor | Marshall University

Charles Huff was named Marshall University’s head coach in January 2021.

The first thing that needs to be said to all new students is “Welcome to the Herd”. Since my arrival to Huntington at the beginning of this year, I have heard this statement many times in the last few months. As the Fall semester fast approaches, I am honored to extend the same welcome to you all.

The last eighteen months have been unprec- edented. A global pandemic separated all of us and left us in a time of uncertainty. I am glad this year we will not be saying welcome to the herd from afar this coming year, but instead all together. We have all worked hard to make sure that we could get to the point. Just like our football team, a community’s togetherness can make the seemingly impos- sible, possible.

Although I have not been a member of the herd family for very long, I am quickly learn- ing how welcoming and inclusive it is for all. I am excited to begin my first season as the

Head Football Coach for the Thundering Herd and to represent this great university. I am just as excited to welcome you to cam- pus and the Joan this Fall – in person – as you begin your college journey.

The alums we have on staff have demon- strated that once you are a son or daughter of Marshall, you are part of the family forever. I am excited for all of you to experience the same lifelong connections.

This year will hold many firsts for all of us joining the Marshall family. I look forward to being alongside you as we all begin this journey as sons and daughters

of Marshall.

We are… Marshall. Coach Huff