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In his return to the Marshall football staff with Coach Doc Holliday, Bill Legg has helped turn Herd fortunes with his offensive scheme and grooming of quarterbacks.
Legg returned to Marshall as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in January 2010, when Holliday was named head coach. As the coordinator, Legg worked as offensive tackles/tight ends coach in 2012 and moved to quarterbacks coach in 2013.
"Bill is not only a great football coach, but a West Virginia native who has a tremendous track record of producing good offenses everywhere he has been," Holliday said. "He is an experienced coach and recruiter and I am excited to have him as our offensive coordinator."
After helping Rakeem Cato to a Herd record-setting career as a four-year starting quarterback (2011-14), in 2015 the veteran coach had a different assignment – help true freshman starter Chase Litton mature in the key role as quickly as possible, albeit with constant change at running back and on the offensive front due to injuries. Litton went 9-2 as a starter in the final 11 games of a 10-3 season capped by a St. Petersburg Bowl victory, as the Herd needed 20 players as offensive starters for the season.
With Cato at the controls in his final three seasons, Legg’s offense was among the best in the FBS. The Herd ranked sixth, 12th and second in total offense from 2012-14, respectively. Marshall averaged 534.3, 500.4 and 559.2 yards per game in those seasons. The Herd also ranked in the top seven nationally in each of those three seasons in scoring offense, with at least 41 points per game each time.
In 2014, as the Herd went 13-1, won the Conference USA title and finished in the national polls, Legg’s attack found an increased balance as the move of Devon Johnson from tight end to running back – because of his protection skills for Cato – brought a 1,767-yard rusher, too.
In his eight seasons with Holliday at Marshall, Legg has worked with 13 All-C-USA first team selections and nine second team picks, a list that includes Herd stars like Cato, Johnson, record-setting slot receiver Tommy Shuler, four-year starting center Chris Jasperse, fellow linemen Clint Van Horn and Sebastian Johansson and tight end Gator Hoskins.
Since 2010, Legg’s Herd offense has included three players who have gone on to NFL regular-season rosters – Hoskins (Miami), tight end Lee Smith (Buffalo/Oakland) and wideout Aaron Dobson (New England).
Legg’s long career began in 1986 as a graduate assistant at his alma mater, West Virginia. His stops since have been at West Virginia Tech, Eastern Illinois, Virginia Military Institute, back to WVU, Marshall, Purdue, Florida International and back to the Herd. He’s coached with 15 bowl teams and the 1989 Eastern Illinois club that reached the NCAA Division I-AA quarterfinals.
Prior to his current tenure with the Herd, Legg served as the offensive coordinator at FIU (2008-09), FIU showed tremendous offensive improvement in almost every category with Legg in charge of the offense. Under his direction, the Golden Panthers offense improved nearly 68 yards per game in passing offense and recorded a 10-point improvement in per-game scoring.
Legg coached the previous five seasons (2003-07) at Purdue and was the co-offensive coordinator for the last two. Calling most of the offensive plays, the 2006 Boilermakers led the Big Ten in passing offense (291.6 yards per game) and total offense (415.7), ranking sixth and 13th nationally. In 2007, Purdue again led the Big Ten in total offense (435.92) and scoring offense (34.31) and ranked 12th nationally in passing offense (307.15).
Legg coached the Purdue offensive line from 2003-05, but concentrated solely on the centers and guards over the last two seasons. Four of his Boilermaker players went on to the National Football League: center Nick Hardwick, tackle Kelly Butler, guard Uche Nwaneri and tackle Mike Otto.
Prior to his time at Purdue, Legg coached under Bob Pruett at Marshall in 2001-02 as the Herd tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator. Marshall ranked third nationally in total offense both years, averaging 505 and 495 yards per game, while compiling a 21-4 record and winning two bowl games.
From 1995-2000, Legg worked at WVU under his former coach, College Football Hall of Famer Don Nehlen. Holliday also was on that Mountaineer staff. Legg was the interior offensive line coach and was offensive coordinator his final season. The Mountaineers played in four bowl games in his six years on the staff.
Legg's other experience includes one season as offensive line coach at VMI (1994), five years as offensive line coach at Eastern Illinois (1989-93) and one season as offensive coordinator at West Virginia Tech (1988). He was a graduate assistant at West Virginia in 1986 and 1987, working with the tight ends and special teams.
Legg, born April 9, 1962, was Nehlen’s first recruit at WVU as a Poca High School star. Legg earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1985 and a master's in education in 1987 from WVU, where he was a four-year starter at center and played in a bowl each season (1981-84). As a senior, Legg received the Ira Errett Rodgers Award for being the player who has "shown high leadership and academic qualities as well as football performance.”
Legg was drafted by the Birmingham Stallions of the United States Football League and subsequently had a training camp stint with the Washington Redskins in 1985.
Legg and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Sarah.