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Mark Gale is the longest serving member of the current Marshall football staff, having just completed his 26th consecutive season with the program.
Gale, who is heading toward his 12th season as assistant athletic director for football operations, joined the Marshall staff as the tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator in 1990. He has worked with four head coaches – College Football Hall of Famer Jim Donnan, Bob Pruett, Mark Snyder and Doc Holliday.
Gale, 56, has a hand in every facet of the Herd program, and arranges team travel and coordinates Marshall contacts with pro football teams and the Herd’s annual Pro Day. He also is very active in organizing the many charitable and community activities in which the Herd takes part.
Gale also is the point man for the Herd’s relationship with the College Football Hall of Fame, making presentations on behalf of MU candidates. His efforts there have helped Jackie Hunt, Mike Barber, Troy Brown, Michael Payton and Donnan gain induction since the 2004 Hall class.
He was a Marshall assistant coach from 1990-2004. That’s a period during which Marshall won two NCAA Division I-AA national titles and was national runner-up three times (1990-96). Then, after the Herd’s move back to major college football in ’97, Marshall won five Mid-American Conference titles and went 5-2 in bowl games with Gale aboard.
Gale came to the Herd from the Oklahoma staff.
As tight ends coach in 1990-91, Gale tutored Eric Ihnat – an 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.
In 1999, Gale guided Paul Toviessi and Ron Puggi to All-MAC 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).
In six seasons at 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 Aug. 27, 1959, in Ada, Okla., and grew up in Purcell, Okla. 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 and his wife, Carol, have two daughters, Caitlin and Chelsea.