Mark Gale is entering his eighth season as Marshall's Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations. He is the longest-serving member of the Marshall coaching staff having been on staff at MU since 1990.
Gale has coached 158 wins at Marshall against only 44 losses, making him the winningest assistant coach in Marshall history.
His career record as an assistant is 216-56-1, and he has been to 12 bowls (in 14 seasons at the Div.-1A level). Gale has also been a part of three NCAA National Championships (1985, 1992 and 1996).
As tight ends coach in 1990-91, Gale tutored Eric Ihnat, who was named All-American by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, Kodak and AP while catching a league leading 55 passes, and NFL veteran Mike Bartrum.
He coached B.J. Cohen, who, as a freshman in 1994, was the Southern Conference co-leader in sacks with 12. Cohen, the school's all-time sack leader (51), was an All-American in 1996 as he led the Herd with nine sacks and was rated as the 11th best defensive end in the country by Street & Smith in 1997. Cohen currently is one of the top defensive players in the Arena Football League and is their all-time sack leader.
In 1999, Gale guided Paul Toviessi and Ron Puggi to All-Conference accolades. Toviessi followed up with a second straight All-Conference nod in 2000 before going in the third round of the NFL draft to the Denver Broncos.
Gale moved to coach the Herd's inside linebackers in 2001, helping guide Max Yates to All-MAC and MAC Defensive Player of the Year honors. He also coached Duran Smith to a runner-up for MAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2002, and in 2003 he coached a talented crop of linebackers, led by the team's leading tackler Kevin Atkins, that helped Marshall's defense rank No. 1 in conference total defense (329.8 yards per game).
Gale was named one of three finalists for the American Football Coaches Association's 2003 Division 1-A Assistant Coach of the Year Award in December. He was also one of only 500 high school and college assistant coaches out of more than 350,000 nominees from across the nation to be named an AFLAC National Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2003, and was one of only 20 ethnic minority football coaches selected by the NCAA to participate in the first NCAA Advanced Coaching Program in Orlando in January 2004. Gale was also one of 12 coaches selected to participate in the first NCAA Expert Coaching Program in Indianapolis in June 2004.
In six seasons at the University of Oklahoma, Gale helped coach teams that went 58-12-1. Those teams captured four Big Eight Conference titles and made four appearances in the Orange Bowl and one in the Florida Citrus Bowl. The 1985 Sooners captured the national title.
Gale was born on August 27, 1959, in Ada, Okla., and grew up in Purcell, Okla. (located 30 miles south of Oklahoma City). He graduated from Purcell High School in 1977 and Oklahoma State University in 1981. Following his graduation from OSU, Gale was a high school football coach. He was hired in 1984 at the University of Oklahoma. Gale began his Master's work at Northwestern Oklahoma State University and continued that while at Oklahoma.
Gale is married to the former Carol Lutz of Ironton, Ohio, and the couple has two daughters, Caitlin and Chelsea.