MU President Comments On FB Coach Search

Marshall's interim President, Michael Farrell, said he expects the Marshall search for its next head football coach to conclude this coming week, according to comments made to Shawn McDowell of WOWK-TV 13 after the Herd's scrimmage in South Charleston, W.Va. It appears the candidates are down to two: interim coach Larry Kueck, quarterback coach and associate offensive coordinator of the 2002-03-04 Herd; and Mark Snyder, the defensive coordinator at Ohio State, a former MU player and alumnus.

"The search is coming into its final week," said Farrell, who is said himself to be one of over 30 candidates trying to become the new president of the university. "I have a meeting on Monday with the athletic director (Bob Marcum) and the screening committee and expect to make a decision this week. The search is complete, the interviews have been done and now we are in evaluation of the candidates we interviewed." Farrell was asked if he felt they have their man for the job yet. "The search committee, the athletic director and I have not meet to discuss the candidates. I am looking forward to receiving their reports and evaluating their recommendations."

Farrell has a certain type of coach in mind, however, for the Marshall job. "Looking for a coach who can carry on the excellence that Bob Pruett (the former MU head coach, who retired unexpectedly in March) brought to the program. Somebody the Marshall fans will be excited about, I think someone who can be successful." Farrell is in his first coaching search, which is being run while he is the interim President. "Never have gone through one, I can say this is my maiden search, one that has been appropriately handled." Farrell was asked if there was a date Herd fans could look forward to for a press conference to announce a new coach and responded, "Wednesday or Thursday...a news conference."

Kueck is in his second stint with the Herd, having served as offensive coordinator for the 15-0, National Championship Herd team of 1996, Marshall's last season in I-AA. He has served as offensive coordinator at seven schools, including Conference USA members Southern Miss (1997-99) and SMU (2000-01) before returning to MU as QB coach in 2002. The 1975 graduate of Stephen F. Austin University has also coached at Mississippi, Texas Tech, Pacific and C-USA member Rice.

Snyder graduated from nearby Ironton, Ohio, High School and was an All-American at Marshall in 1987. The Herd was national runner-up in I-AA, losing the championship 43-42 to Northeast Louisiana, and Snyder set the single season MU record for interceptions with 10 that year. Snyder worked as a part-time assistant at Marshall and UCF following graduation in 1988 before landing on coach Jim Tressel's Youngstown State staff in 1991. He stayed as linebacker coach through 1996, rising to defensive coordinator that final season. Snyder then coached defensive ends at Minnesota from 1997-2000, then rejoined Tressel at Ohio State in 2001 as linebacker coach. He was elevated to defensive coordinator in 2004, when Mark D'Antonio left to become head coach at Cincinnati.

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