The Word on the Herd -- August 10, 2016
JOINED THE MARSHALL STAFF
1998 Associate Head Coach/Assistant Defensive Coordinator/Defensive Ends - Marshall 1997 Asst. Head Coach/Defensive Ends - Marshall 1996 Defensive Ends - Marshall 1992-95 Defensive Ends, Recruiting Coord. - Marshall 1990-91 Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator - Marshall 1989-90 Administrative Asst. to Head Coach - Oklahoma 1984-88 Assistant Coach - Oklahoma 1981-83 Asst. Coach - Woodward (OK) High School 1978-80 Student Assistant Coach - Yukon (OK) High School and Purcell (OK) High School
An all-conference selection in football, basketball and baseball at Purcell (OK) High School ... honorable mention all-state in football and baseball ... a knee injury ended his participation after high school.
Born Aug. 27, 1959, in Ada, OK ... hometown is Purcell, OK (population 4,700 located 30 miles south of Oklahoma City) ... a 1977 graduate of Purcell High School ... earned a B.S. from Oklahoma State in 1981 ... earned a M.S. in Communications from Oklahoma in 1987 ... on Barry Switzer's staff at Oklahoma during its 1985 national championship season ... hobbies include golf ... coached country music star Garth Brooks in high school ... married to the former Carol Lutz of Ironton, OH ... the couple has two daughters, Caitlin (3) and Chelsea, (1).
Mark Gale has coached 101 wins at Marshall against only 25 losses ... is tied with Tim Billings as the winningest assistant coach in Marshall history ... coached B.J. Cohen, who, as a freshman in 1994, was a Southern Conference co-leader in sacks with 12, despite not being a starter ... Cohen, the school's all-time leading sack leader (51), was an All-American in 1996 as he led the Herd with nine sacks ... Cohen was rated the 11th best defensive end in the country by Street & Smith in 1997 ... Cohen led the Herd in sacks in 1997 with 14 and was third on the team in tackles with 91 ... the 1994, 1995 and 1996 Herd led the Southern Conference in total defense and scoring defense ... was a staff member in 1993 when the Herd led the nation in scoring defense, allowing only 11.2 points per game ... as tight ends coach in 1990-91, tutored All-American and Chicago Bears free agent signee Eric Ihnat ... Ihnat was named All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Kodak and AP while catching a league leading 55 passes ... First Team All-MAC Players: B.J. Cohen-DE (1997) ... First Team All-Southern Conference Players: Eric Ihnat-TE (1990), Rodney Garrett-DE (1993), B.J. Cohen-DE (1994, 1995 & 1996).