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Bill Legg returned to Marshall as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach in January of 2010. He took over as tackles/tight ends coach in 2012 and was named quarterbacks coach in 2013.
In 2012, Marshall had one of the most prolific offensive seasons in its history as the Thundering Herd led the nation in passing offense (365.08 yds/game) and was second in third-down conversion percentage (54.59) and first downs/game (29.42) and sixth in total offense (534.25 yds./game). In Conference USA, Marshall led in scoring offense (40.9), total offense (534.2), passing offense (365.1), pass efficiency (147.7), first downs (29.4) and third down conversions (54.6). Individually, sophomore quarterback Rakeem Cato led the nation in completions (406) en route to being named Conference USA's first underclassman Most Valuable Player. Wide Receiver Tommy Shuler also led the nation with 9.17 receptions per contest.
He served as the offensive coordinator at Florida International since 2008. During Legg's tenure, FIU showed tremendous offensive improvement in almost every category. 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.
"Bill is not only a great football coach, but a state native who has a tremendous track record of producing good offenses every where he has been," Coach Doc Holliday said. "He is an experienced coach and recruiter and I am excited to have him as our offensive coordinator."
Legg coached the previous five seasons at Purdue University 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 to 2005, 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 (third round of 2004 by the San Diego Chargers), tackle Kelly Butler (sixth round of 2004 to the Detroit Lions), guard Uche Nwaneri (fifth round of 2007 to Jacksonville Jaguars) and tackle Mike Otto (seventh round of 2007 to Tennessee Titans).
Prior to his time at Purdue, Legg coached under Bob Pruett at Marshall as the Thundering Herd tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 2001-02. 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. During this time he coached 2001 First-Team All-MAC selection Greg Kellett.
From 1995 to 2000, Legg worked at West Virginia as 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 Virginia Military Institute (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.
A native of Poca, W.Va., Legg earned a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1985 and a master's in education in 1987, both from West Virginia where he was a four-year starter at center for Hall of Fame Coach Don Nehlen. He and his wife, Kelly, have a daughter, Sarah.