Marshall Announces Football Staff Additions
Doc Holliday Adds Legg, Petersen, Seider and Smith
Jan. 4, 2010
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. - Marshall University head football coach Doc Holliday announced four coaching staff additions Monday.
Holliday completed his offensive coaching staff by naming Bill Legg offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Tony Petersen as assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, JuJuan Seider as running backs coach and Zach Smith as wide receivers coach.
Bill Legg returns to Marshall as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach. He has 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," 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.
Tony Petersen returns to Marshall as the assistant head coach, co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach after spending the 2009 season as the assistant head coach and wide receivers coach at the University of South Dakota. He spent the previous two seasons as quarterbacks coach at Iowa State University.
"He was a great player here at Marshall and he played a big role in the tremendous success of the 1990's," Holliday said. "He is a Marshall graduate and he brings a wealth of experience. He has been a coordinator here and had the opportunity to coach some great players like Chad Pennington. I have known him for 20 years by way of recruiting in south Florida and he is a great recruiter, because he is very thorough and has great rapport with kids."
Petersen, a record-setting quarterback at Marshall, returns to his alma-mater with impressive coaching credentials, including 19 years of coaching experience at the NCAA Division I level.
Under Petersen, Iowa State quarterback Bret Meyer finished his Cyclone career in 2007 with school record totals for passing yards and total offense.
Prior to coaching at Iowa State, Petersen coached at the University of Minnesota. Petersen served as co-offensive coordinator, quarterbacks coach and eventually the passing coordinator at Minnesota. Quarterback Bryan Cupito set the new all-time leading passing mark under Petersen. In 2006, the Gophers had a 2,000-yard passer for a fifth straight year, a school record. Petersen also played a crucial role in the progress of Asad Abdul-Khaliq at Minnesota as the quarterback rewrote the Gophers' record books.
During Petersen's eight seasons at Marshall, the Thundering Herd qualified for the postseason eight straight times, winning national championships in 1992 and 1996 and Mid-American Conference titles in both 1997 and 1998. Peterson served as wide receivers coach in 1992 and helped in the development of future three-time Super Bowl Champion Troy Brown. Peterson served as quarterbacks coach for five of his previous eight years at MU and worked as the offensive coordinator in 1998. In that capacity, he coached future NFL quarterbacks Chad Pennington and Byron Leftwich.
As a player at Marshall, Petersen was named the 1988 Southern Conference Athlete of the Year and the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Year in 1987. A free agent signee of the Minnesota Vikings in 1989, Petersen set 16 Southern Conference single-season and career records in passing and total offense, to go along with six Marshall single-season school marks. He threw a record 35 touchdown passes in 1987. Petersen also set NCAA records for most passes in a game without an interception (68) and for most regular season games (11) with more than 200 yards passing. Petersen also played for the Thundering Herd baseball program.
Petersen went to Marshall after a stellar career at Delta Community College in Stockton, Calif. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals after his first season at Delta C.C.
Petersen earned his bachelor's degree in 1988 and master's degree in 1995, both from Marshall. He and his wife Beth have three children: Andy, Nikki Nelson and Taylor.
JaJuan Seider comes to Marshall from West Virginia where he has served as a graduate assistant since 2008. Seider's responsibilities included coordinating position drills with quarterbacks, breaking down game film and assisting in the recruiting process.
"JaJuan is a great young coach who will be an asset to our staff," Holliday said. "I recruited JaJuan back in 1995 and I have known him and his family for a long time. He has great ties to South Florida and he is going to be a tremendous recruiter."
Seider, a native of Belleglade, Fla. and a former standout quarterback at Galdes Central High, has a great deal of high school coaching experience in his home state of Florida. He served as the quarterbacks coach at Lake Worth High School from 2006-08 where he coached US Elite 11 and U.S. Army All-American game selection quarterback Star Jackson (2007). He was the offensive coordinator at Palm Beach Lakes High School from 2003-05 where he helped the team to the 6A regional finals in both 2003 and 2004 while coaching three players that earned first-team all-state honors. He was also a member of the coaching staff at Glades Central High School from 2001-02 where he worked with running backs.
Seider earned All-America honors and won the Doug Williams Award for National Offensive Player of the Year and the Jake Gaither Award (considered the Heisman Trophy of black colleges) following a spectacular senior year at Florida A&M where he passed for 2,512 yards and 27 touchdowns. He was also named the MEAC Offensive Player of the Year and went on to be selected in the sixth round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers.
He began his collegiate career at West Virginia and earned a B.S. in physical education in 2000. He is scheduled to graduate with a master's degree in athletic coaching in May. Seider is married to Brandi Smith and the couple has three children - Jaden, Ava and Brennley.
Zach Smith joins the Marshall staff after spending the last five years at the University of Florida. Smith served as an offensive and special teams graduate assistant for the Gators from 2007 to 2009. He also worked as an offensive and special teams quality control assistant and in recruiting evaluation for UF from 2006 to 2007.
"Zach is an outstanding young football coach who has a tremendous background and a bright future," Holliday said. "He has spent the last five years working closely with Urban Meyer and has been heavily involved with their special teams and their great success."
During his time in Gainesville, Florida won two national championships (2006 and 2008) and produced some of the most prolific offenses in not only the Southeastern Conference, but the nation in terms of scoring offense, yardage per game, and passing efficiency. The Gators also produced some of the top punt team and punt return units in the nation over this period. Florida also has blocked an impressive 22 kicks since 2006 - the most in college football over that span.
Smith's duties at Florida included game planning and all opponent breakdowns and tendencies, working with wide receivers (2007-08) and quarterbacks (2008-09), assisting with special teams game plan input and all breakdowns (2005-07), evaluating prospective student-athletes, creating and designing a recruiting action plan, in addition to game prep tests and quality control.
Smith, a native of Dublin, Ohio, earned a B.S. in sports management from Florida in 2007. He is the grandson of College Football Hall of Fame coach Earle Bruce. He and his wife Courtney are expecting their first child in the coming weeks.