Pruett to receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Marshall’s College of Education and Human Services
Coach Bob Pruett
Marshall University head football Coach Bob Pruett, a 1965 MU graduate, will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from Marshall’s College of Education and Human Services Saturday afternoon.
Pruett will be honored during the college’s graduation ceremony, which begins at 12:30 p.m. in the Jean C. Stephenson Auditorium at Huntington City Hall. The award honors alumni who have made exceptional impacts on the environments in which they serve.
Pruett is the most successful football coach in America. In fact, over the past century, no coach can match his success. Pruett has won 86 percent of his games with an 80-13 record during his seven seasons at Marshall.
Pruett, a native of Beckley, W.Va., earned a B.A. degree in physical education and social studies at Marshall. During his stellar career he has become a Master Coach and a Master Teacher.
Through his superior coaching and teaching style, Marshall University has moved into the national limelight and established itself as one of the premier football schools in the nation, appearing regularly in the national top 25 football polls.
Under Pruett, Marshall has was five Mid-American Conference titles, appeared in six consecutive bowl games – winning the past five, won one NCAA Division I-AA national championship, and produced a Belitnikoff Award winner, three Heisman Trophy candidates, more than a dozen All-Americans and an amazing 53 first-team all conference selections. In addition, for the first time in school history, more than 20 former Marshall football players are currently on NFL rosters.
“Just like the Master Teacher that he is, Coach Pruett always sees the potential in every situation,” said Jane McKee, Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the College of Education and Human Services. “He always maximizes the talent and minimizes the possibilities for failure. He always finds ways for his coaches and his players to be winners on and off the field. When he says, ‘I don’t see any difference in this year and last year,’ it means that he truly plays for championships every day of his life.”
Pruett is married to the former Elsie Riffe, also a graduate of the College of Education and Human Services. They have three sons and four grandsons.
“The College of Education and Human Services is proud to present the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2003 to a man who gives to students, to those with whom he works, to education, to athletics, and to Marshall University all of his talent, his dedication, and his loyalty,” McKee said.