Dec. 28, 2009
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -
Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday announced Monday that tight ends coach Phil Ratliff and defensive secondary coach Mike Cassity will be retained on the Marshall Football coaching staff.
Ratlliff, a 1994 Marshall graduate, was a two-time All-American selection as an offensive lineman at Marshall from 1989 to 1992 and was captain of the Thundering Herd's 1992 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship team. He has served as Marshall's tight ends coach since May of 2006 and has played a key role in the development of 2009 Mackey Award Semi-Finalist and All-Conference USA selection Cody Slate and 2009 honorable mention All-Conference USA pick Lee Smith.
"Phil is Mr. Marshall," Holliday said. "I did not talk to one person through this entire process who did not think he was a great coach, a great recruiter and a great family man. I am glad to have him on our staff."
Cassity just completed his first season as secondary coach at Marshall. He has 34 years of coaching experience and seven as a coordinator at the NCAA Division I level. He has coached a total of 34 players who have gone on to the National Football League. Prior to Marshall he served as defensive coordinator at the University of Louisville from 2004 to 2007. During his tenure in Louisville, the Cardinals' defense ranked among the Top 40 in the recognized by Rivals.com as one of the nation's top 25 recruiters. He came to Louisville after serving three seasons as defensive coordinator at Illinois where he helped the Illini to the 2001 Big Ten Championship and a berth in the 2002 Sugar Bowl.
"I have know Mike for 25 years and he is a great recruiter and coach," Holliday said. "He brings a wealth of experience to our staff and has been a coordinator at both Louisville and Illinois. He is a great football coach and I am excited to have him staying on here at Marshall."
Both Ratliff and Cassity helped the Thundering Herd post a 7-6 record this season that ended with a, 21-17, Little Caesars Pizza Bowl win over Ohio University last Saturday.
Holliday has been moving quickly to assemble his coaching staff and several additional hires are expected to be announced in the coming days.