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Big Green Donors of the Week: Stan and Ruth Parrish

Mike Barber presents commemorative picture at the Big Green Dinner to Coach Parrish.

May 3, 2011

The Easter weekend was a tremendous weekend around the Marshall football campus. The Thundering Herd staged the annual spring game on Saturday, April 23.

On Friday night, April 22nd, many former Marshall players gathered in Huntington to meet and visit with a distinguished group of the former head football coaches of the the Thundering Herd. Among those present were: Jack Lengyel (1971-74), Sonny Randle (1979-83), Stan Parrish (1984-85), George Chaump (1986-89), Jim Donnan (1990-1995) and Bobby Pruett (1996-2004).

It was a special trip down memory lane for Stan Parrish and his wife Ruth. After leaving Marshall, Stan has had a very distinguished coaching career. He is one of the few coaches that has won a national championship ring in college and a Super Bowl ring in the NFL. Among his coaching stops have been Kansas State, Rutgers, Michigan, the Tampa Bucanners and Ball State.

Ruth has told several people that their time in Huntington was two of the best years of their lives as a coaching family. As a result, Stan and Ruth made a very generous gift to the Big Green Scholarship Foundation when they were in town.

We are very touched by their gift. We also very appreciative of Stan and his contribution to Marshall football. He was the coach in 1984 and 1985 when the Herd snapped 20 years of losing in football. His 1984 team posted a 6-5 record and his 1985 team finished 7-3-1. One of his quarterbacks, Carl Fodor from Weirton, helped start the quarterback tradition that has become synonymous with Marshall football.

Marshall will always be grateful to Stan and Ruth Parrish. We hope they come back often. They are always welcome to come back home.