The Mark Snyder Era Begins Thursday Night

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Aug. 29, 2005

Marshall will open the 2005 football season by hosting William & Mary on Thursday at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Thursday's season opening contest with William & Mary ushers in a new era in Thundering Herd football in more ways than one.

The game will be the first for new head coach Mark Snyder, Marshall's first as a member of Conference USA, and will be the Herd's first game on its newly installed FieldTurf at Joan C. Edwards Stadium. In addition to these firsts, Marshall will also be fighting for the program's 500th win on the girdiron. The Thundering Herd owns an all-time record of 499-462-47 (.519) in football.

Marshall begins its inaugural season in C-USA under the direction of former Herd standout safety Mark Snyder who helped the Herd earn a berth in the NCAA I-AA National Championship game in 1987. Snyder, who intercepted a school-record 10 passes in 1987, has returned to his alma mater after a highly successful assistant coaching career that included stops at Youngstown State, Minnesota, and Ohio State. He follows in the foot steps of Bob Pruett who posted a record of 94-23 in nine years at the Marshall helm and inherits a squad that is returning only six starters off of a 6-6 team that appeared in the 2004 Fort Worth Bowl.

William & Mary is coming off of a tremendous 2005 season and is ranked ninth in the Sports Network I-AA Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Tribe finished 2004 ranked third in the nation and advanced to the national semi-finals under the direction of veteran head coach Jimmye Laycock who has welcomed back 17 starters from his A-10 Champion squad.

Tickets are on sale now through the Marshall ticket office and can be purchased online via or by calling 1-800-THE-HERD.