Chuck McGill is in his first year as Marshall's Assistant Athletic Director for Fan/Donor Engagement and Communications.
McGill, who was named the National Sports Media Association West Virginia Sportswriter of the Year in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015, joined the athletic department in July 2016. He'll contribute content to HerdZone.com and oversee the production of Marshall's new official athletic department publication, Thundering Herd Illustrated.
McGill, 35, is a Charleston native who has worked in the newspaper industry for 15 years. In 2009, he was hired by the Charleston Daily Mail as the beat writer for Marshall Athletics, and in 2012 was promoted to sports editor and columnist. Last August, when the Daily Mail merged with the Charleston Gazette to form the Gazette-Mail, McGill was hired as the sports editor, overseeing an 11-person staff. Before returning to West Virginia, he worked as a sportswriter at the award-winning Northern Virginia Daily in Strasburg, Virginia. After six months, he was elevated to sports editor there.
In addition to being recognized four times by NSMA, including being nominated six consecutive years, McGill has also been honored by the Virginia Press Association and West Virginia Press Association. During his time at Charleston Newspapers, McGill won three WVPA first-place awards for Best Feature Writing, while also being recognized in categories such as Best Sports News Writing, Best Sports Columnist, Best Sports Pages and Best Sports Special Section. In 2014, the Tennis Industry Association gave its inaugural Tennis Media Award to McGill for the top tennis story in the United States.
McGill has voted on the Heisman Trophy and in the Associated Press polls for football and men's basketball. He had a research role and appeared in the ESPN 30 for 30 series "Rand University," based on former DuPont High School, Marshall University and National Football League star Randy Moss.
McGill was part of the last graduating class of DuPont High School, and grew up watching Moss and Jason Williams star in sports before they eventually played collegiately at Marshall. McGill earned bachelor's (2003) and master's (2005) degrees from West Virginia University.
Chuck and his wife, Lauren, have been married for nearly eight years. They have a 4-year-old son named Gunnar.