Kueck Returns to Marshall

HUNTINGTON, WV -- Marshall University football coach Bob Pruett looked back to his first season at Marshall to hire a replacement for departed offensive coordinator Ed Zaunbrecher.

Pruett has hired Larry Kueck to coach the Herd's quarterbacks next season and has elevated offensive line coach Mark McHale to the offensive coordinator position.

Kueck was Marshall's offensive coordinator in 1996, a season which produced a 15-0 record and a Division I-AA national championship. That season Marshall's Eric Kresser threw for more than 3,200 yards, Randy Moss had 1,708 yards and 28 touchdowns and Erik Thomas and Doug Chapman both rushed for more than 1,200 yards.

"I am very excited that Larry has decided to come back and work with us here at Marshall," Pruett said. "He was here with us when we first got started and, despite a number of changes on the coaching staff, the offense is still basically the same as we put in back in 1996."

Since leaving Marshall, Kueck served for three years (1997-99) as offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi and for the last two seasons in the same position at Southern Methodist.

"I am just happy and excited to be coming back to Huntington and back to the Marshall family," Kueck said. "There is a different kind of feeling there with the fans and that program than at any other place I have ever been.

"I really like and respect Coach Pruett. It is a special place where the people really love and support their program."

Kueck is a 1975 graduate of Stephen F. Austin University in Texas, where he was an offensive lineman. His coaching career has included stops at Rice, Sam Houston State, Lamar, Texas Tech and Mississippi.

McHale will take over as offensive coordinator after spending the last two seasons as the Herd's offensive line coach. He will continue to work with the Herd linemen in his new role as coordinator.

McHale served as offensive coordinator at Southern Mississippi from 1986-91 as well as at Appalachian State and Shepherd College prior to that. During his stint at Southern Miss he recruited and coached future three-time NFL MVP Brett Favre.

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