March 13, 2014
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- Chris Barclay, the Atlantic Coast Conference’s 2005 Player of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year, has joined the Marshall football staff as running backs coach, head coach Doc Holliday announced Thursday.
Barclay, 30, comes to Huntington from William and Mary, where he served in the same capacity for the Tribe for the past two seasons. Prior to that, Barclay spent three seasons as an assistant at his alma mater, Wake Forest, serving as the program's recruiting assistant in 2009 and 2010 before working as a graduate assistant with the defensive unit in 2011.
In 2013, Barclay mentored sophomore running back Mikal Abdul-Saboor, who earned All-Colonial Athletic Association third-team honors after ranking fourth in the league with 91.6 rushing yards per contest.
“Chris is an excellent addition to our staff,” Holliday said. “He brings strong credentials, as a player and coach, and has worked hard to get this point in his career. We are pleased to welcome Chris to our program.”
In 2005, Barclay rushed for 1,127 yards with 10 touchdowns and ranked 15th nationally in rushing yards per game. The Louisville, Ky., native became the first player in ACC history to lead the league in rushing three consecutive seasons and finished his career as Wake Forest's all-time leading rusher with 4,032 yards (fifth in ACC history) and 40 touchdowns. He played for, and coached under Jim Grobe, a Huntington native who served as a Marshall assistant coach from 1979-83.
Following Barclay’s collegiate career, the two-time All-ACC first-team standout played three seasons in the NFL from 2006-08. He signed as an undrafted free agent with the Cleveland Browns in 2006 and spent the season on the practice squad. After a stint with the Berlin Thunder in NFL Europe, Barclay spent the first 11 weeks of the 2007 season on the Browns practice squad before being signed to the Tennessee Titans' active roster. He played in four games with the Titans before being claimed by the New Orleans Saints later that year. After playing in one game with the Saints, he spent a portion of the 2008 season on the Atlanta Falcons' practice squad.
Barclay, a Louisville, Ky., native, earned a degree in health and exercise science from Wake Forest in 2009 and married the former Ashlee Haggard of Louisville last July. The couple is expecting its first child in August.