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Todd Hartley joined the Marshall University Football Coaching Staff in March of 2011. He served as the Herd's safeties coach for two seasons before being named Tight Ends Coach/Recruiting Coordinator in March of 2013.
In 2014, he coached punter Tyler Williams to first-team All-Conference USA honors and tight end Eric Frohnapfel to C-USA All-Academic and honorable mention All-Conference USA honors, making it the fourth-straight year he coached at least one all-league student athlete (2013-tight end Gator Hoskins, 2012-safety Dominick LeGrande and 2011-safety Omar Brown). His punt unit tied for first in the league in average (43.23) and his kickoff return unit ranked second in the league with a 24.61-yard average. Kickoff return man Deandre Reaves totaled 931 return yards, breaking his school record of 924 from 2013. His extra-point/field goal unit set school records in extra points made (83) and kick points (133). This season, he also coached tight end Ryan Yurachek to Conference USA All-Freshman honors. Prior to the season, his recruiting class was ranked as the best in Conference USA by various recruiting services by a wide margin and among the best within the Group of Five.
In 2013, Hartley mentored Hoskins. A two-time John Mackey Award Watch List honoree, Hoskins secured a spot on the award's semifinalist list as a senior. A third-team CollegeSportsMadness.com All-American and first-team All-Conference USA selection, the Gainesville, Fla. native finished his career with 28 touchdowns in 99 receptions (1,318 yards). The only player in Herd history to top Hoskins' 28.3 percent touchdown-catches ratio was Randy Moss (31.5 percent on 168 receptions, 53 touchdown catches). His 28 touchdown catches rank third in Herd history (Moss 53, Darius Watts 47). He finished with 15 touchdown catches as a senior (fifth-most at Marshall for a single season), a total that was tied for third nationally and the most among tight ends by seven. That season, his kickoff return unit finished third in Conference USA with a 23.85-yard average.
In 2012, LeGrande earned second-team All-Conference USA honors after averaging 11.0 tackles per game (132 total), the eighth-highest mark nationally (second in C-USA) and the most nationally among defensive backs.
Hartley came to Marshall after serving as a defensive graduate assistant coach at the University of Georgia since 2009 and he will oversee the safeties following Fred Tate's move to defensive line coach.
Georgia Head Coach Mark Richt named him the Bulldog's interim defensive backs coach for the 2009 Independence Bowl and Georgia won that game by the score of 44-20 over Texas A&M. The Aggies entered that game with the nation's fifth ranked scoring offense.
Prior to his graduate assistantship at Georgia, Hartley served as an offensive quality control coach at West Virginia from May of 2008 to May of 2009 and as an offensive/special teams undergraduate assistant at Georgia from 2006 and 2008.
Hartley earned a B.S. in Health and Physical Education from the University of Georgia in 2008 and has been working toward an M.S. in Adult Education at Georgia.
Hartley is a native of Gray, Ga., and he is married to the former Jessica Spires. The couple has a son Tucker and daughters Tenley and Teagan.