2006 Marshall Athletic Hall Of Fame Announced

Marshall University Athletics is proud to announce the 2006 Class of the Marshall Hall of Fame, as voted by the MU Hall of Fame committee in May. The new members of the Marshall Hall of Fame will be honored on October 27 with the annual induction dinner, then be introduced before the Homecoming game on October 28 that will feature Marshall and Tigers of Memphis at 4:30 p.m.

Baseball, men's and women's basketball, football, men's soccer and men's track are represented by four athletes and two of the winningest coaches in MU history. Added to the Hall for 2006 are Bill Craig, Chuck Henry, Rick Huckabay, Scott Jackson, Randy Moss and Judy Southard. Huckabay and Southard coached the men's and women's basketball programs, respectively, to some of their greatest successes in the 1980s, winning numerous Southern Conference titles between them. Huckabay took MU to three NCAA Tournaments and one NIT, while Southard is the winningest coach in MU women's basketball history.

Craig was a catcher on the three-consecutive Buckeye Conference championship teams and was signed by the Boston Red Sox after graduation, hitting .424 as a junior. Jackson was Marshall's first soccer player to be put on scholarship and the first All-SC selection for the Herd in 1982. Jackson is just the third soccer player to be elected to the Hall of Fame. Henry led the "Young" Thundering Herd in tackles in 1971 as the nation's youngest starter and is in the top ten in career tackles at MU. Moss may be the best athlete ever produced in the Mountain State, as he led the Herd to an I-AA championship in 1996, then helped win Marshall's only indoor track championship at the 1997 SC meet. Moss and the Herd then won the Mid-American crown and played in MU's first bowl in 50 years later that same year.

Tickets to the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame banquet can be ordered through the Marshall Ticket Office in the Cam Henderson Center by calling 696-HERD (4373) or 1-800-THE HERD (843-43730) and are $20 each. The banquet will be in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall Memorial Student Center on October 27. The Hall of Fame members will lunch at the Marshall Hall of Fame Cafe' on October 28, then join the Marshall M-Club for the pre-game tailgate at the Joan C. Edwards Stadium. The 2006 Class will be introduced before kickoff of the Marshall-Tulane game, about 4:15 p.m.

Other members who have been elected, but not inducted to date due to personal obligations that have kept them from attending the annual induction dinner, include former MU quarterback Chad Pennington of the New York Jets, elected last year. Also in that group are former MU basketball center Bill Allen and former goal keeper for MU soccer Mark Taylor, who were both elected in 2003. It is hoped these members might also be available to attend the dinner on October 27 to take their place in the Hall of Fame. The Marshall Hall of Fame committee is Dr. Sam Clagg, Joe Feaganes, Dr. Dorothy Hicks, Willard Hunter, Linda Holmes, Reggie Giles, Keith Morehouse, Ralph May, Greg Rowsey and Woody Woodrum.

Here are bios, alphabetized by last name, on each of the 2006 Class of the Marshall Athletic Hall of Fame:
Bill Craig/Baseball (1933-35). Three-year starter at catcher for Marshall, which won three-consecutive Buckeye Conference baseball championships the Herd's first three years in the league. Marshall was 30-5 in baseball over these three seasons, a winning percentage over 85 percent, and those are the best three seasons, percentage wise, in the 100 year history (1896-2006) of the program. Marshall posted records of 9-2 in 1933; 13-2 in 1934; and 8-1 in 1935. In his best season of 1934, Craig batted .424, which is still top ten for a single season at MU. He had 25 hits in 59 at bats and also led the team with four triples, which is still tied with six other players in Marshall history for third most triples in a season. Craig had 34 total bases and a slugging percentage of .576. He started 13 of 15 games for the Herd in 1934. After graduating in 1935, Craig was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and spent a number of years in their minor league organizations. His grandson Bill pitched for the Herd in 1990-91, winning nine games and leading the Herd in strikeouts one season before transferring to UCLA.

Charles "Chuck" Henry/Football (1971-74). Henry joined the "Young" Thundering Herd as a true freshman and was the nation's youngest starter at age 17. Henry was from Conway, S.C. where he was all-conference and ran track. He led Herd in tackles as freshman with 149 (58 solo) and was named as Sports Illustrated National Player of Week for 30 tackles at Miami, Ohio, a MU record for a single game. Henry once again led team in tackles as sophomore with 130, and his total of 92 solo tackles is seventh-best in MU history. He was named "most outstanding back" at MU for 1971 and 1972. Moved to cornerback from rover in 1973, Henry was still tenth on the team in tackles with 45 stops, 40 solo, had four interceptions (led team) and blocked a kick. In 1974, he was seventh on the team with 84 tackles, 60 solo, while playing safety. He has 408 career tackles, which is eighth all-time at Marshall and his 250 solo tackles may be a Marshall record. Herd only won nine games from 1971-74 and did not belong to a conference, so there were no post-season honors for Henry.

Rick Huckabay/Men's Basketball Coach (1983-89). Second in wins to only Cam Henderson at Marshall as basketball coach of men's program, Huckabay won 129 games and lost only 59 over six seasons, a winning percentage of .686, which is also second only to Henderson in coaches with over 30 games coached at Marshall (fourth overall winning percentage among all coaches). He took Herd to Southern Conference championships in 1984, 1985, 1987 and 1988, also sending MU to NCAA Tournament in 1984, 1985 and 1987 and to the National Invitational Tournament in 1988. "Huck's Herd" made the Southern Conference Tournament in Asheville, North Carolina a "must-stop" for Herd fans, when Huckabay and the Herd won its first title 111-107 in double overtime over Murray Arnold and the UT-Chattanooga Mocs. Thousands of Herd fans, one year spending nearly $100,000 in $2 bills, would flood the city in the the western Carolina mountains to watch Marshall battle for the SC crown. Huckabay also won 76 and lost just 14 at the Cam Henderson Center (84 percent winning percentage, best at Henderson Center by any coach), including 15-0 in 1983-84 and 14-1 at home in 1985-86, 1986-87 and 1987-88. Those years produced all-time best attendance averages of over 8,000 fans per game from 1983-1988, including the all-time best of 8,799 per home game in his first season. The largest crowd ever for a single game in Huntington for basketball, 10,705, attended the game with The Citadel in 1984 and MU drew over 10,000 on three other occasions under Huckabay. Huckabay coached MU HOF members John Taft and Reggie Giles, and recruited Skip Henderson (all-time leading men's scorer at MU and in SC play), Rodney Holden (No. 6 in rebounding) and Tom Curry (No. 18 in rebounds and No. 13 in scoring). He coached top ten scorer LaVerne Evans and recruited and/or coached Herd greats like Andre Cunningham, David Wade, Tyrone Phillips, Sam Henry and Jeff Battle. Huckabay is a member of the Louisiana High School Basketball Hall of Fame and won state titles and over 80 games in a row as high school coach. He then served for four years as assistant coach at LSU to Dale Brown, before taking Marshall job. Recently recognized for his contributions to basketball by Louisiana Legislature, just prior to recent death from cancer, Huckabay was serving as athletic director, basketball coach and assistant track coach at high school level, as well as teaching, just prior to death this spring. He also served as radio commentator for Louisiana Tech Women's Basketball for couple of seasons, at his alma mater, and coached three seasons of boy's basketball and taught at South Point (Ohio) High School.

Arnold "Scott" Jackson/Soccer (1981-84). Jackson was first MU player to get scholarship for soccer and was All-Southern Conference selection as "sweeper" in 1982. He was a two-time team captain and as a freshman on team with 11 frosh and sophomores playing, Jackson helped Herd to 6-8-2 mark, 2-4 in SC in 1981. Next season for new coach Jack DeFazio, Jackson led Herd to 13-6 mark, 5-2 in league in 1982. Herd was 10-10/4-4 in 1983 and 12-6/2-4 in 1984, winning the Marshall Invitational over Tennessee and Cincinnati. Herd did not top 13 wins until 2000 when MU was 14-5 under current coach Bob Gray. The 5-2 mark in SC play is best ever conference win mark. Jackson was Dean's List student-athlete and attended Law School at UNC. Today, he is a successful attorney in Greensboro, N.C. and continues to support MU soccer, both financially and by playing in all MU Alumni-Varsity games since graduating.

Randy Moss/Football & Indoor Track (1996-97). One of the greatest natural athletes to ever come out of the Mountain State, Moss was a four-sport star at DuPont High School in the Upper Kanawha Valley. He excelled at every sport: football (three letters), basketball (3), baseball (1) and track (1) and was both the WV Football Player of the Year and twice the WV HS Basketball Player of the Year. He was heavily pursued by Notre Dame and then signed at Florida State. In the summer of 1996, he transferred to Marshall. Moss was again the best athlete on the field, leading MU to a record best 15-0 and second I-AA National Championship. He had a nation-and Southern Conference-leading 19 touchdown receptions in the regular season and tacked on nine more in the I-AA playoffs. That tied the 12-year old record of Jerry Rice with 28 touchdown receptions in a season. 28 that season broke the MU record for TD catches in a career (Mike Barber's 26, 1985-88). Scored at least one touchdown in every game he played (11 in regular season set MU, SC and NCAA records) and broke the 56-year old Marshall scoring record of Jackie Hunt (27 TDs/162 points in 1940) with 174 points in 15 games and caught 78 passes for 1,709 yards. Moss was a consensus first team All-Southern Conference and was named first team All-American on all five I-AA teams (AP, Walter Camp, Football Gazette, The Sports Network and American Football Quarterly) and he was the only I-AA player to The Sporting News All-Freshman Team. In the spring of '97, he ran in the SC Indoor Track Meet, helping MU to its only title in men's track in the 20 years in the SC. He won the 50 meter and 200 meter in times that coach Jeff Small said were nearly Olympic qualifying. He was a two-time All-SC track performer with these events. Moss entered his sophomore year as a pre-season Playboy All-American, MU's first in I-A football. He would end up as a first team AP I-A All-American (first in Marshall history), making the All-American teams selected by ESPN, Football News, The Sporting News, Street and Smith, College Football Preview, Football Writers, Walter Camp and The Detroit News. He was the winner of the Biletnikoff award as the nation's best receiver and finish fourth in the Heisman Trophy, best ever for a MAC player by six spots (and a first for MU). He also won the Columbus, Ohio, Touchdown Club's Paul Warfield award; won the MAC Offensive and Player of the Year award, was first team all-conference for the second year in a row and was Marshall's first first-round pick ever in the NFL Draft. Moss was the MVP of the first MAC Championship Game, won by MU, MVP of the first Motor City Bowl and won the Pro Bowl MVP in his rookie season. In 1997, he caught 26 touchdowns in 13 games and caught 96 passes for a MU best 1,820 yards. He scored on MU's first play of the Motor City Bowl, an 80-yard touchdown strike from fellow MU HOF electee Chad Pennington, verses Mississippi in Marshall's first bowl since 1947. He also led MU in kickoff returns with 14 for 263 yards and punt returns with 25 for 271 yards. Moss was selected with the 21st pick by the Minnesota Vikings and would be All-Pro his first three seasons and three times since. He is the "Most Feared Player in the NFL," according to The Sporting News in 2001, when he signed for $80 million. He led the Vikes in touchdowns and receptions in 2004, while his 17 touchdowns in his rookie season of 1998 is an NFL record for a first-year player. Moss was traded to Oakland Raiders for draft choices in 2005. Although injured all season with the Raiders, Moss still played in 16 games catching 60 passes for 1,005 yards and eight touchdowns. In his career, Moss has played 125 games, starting 119: he has 634 catches for 10,147 yards and 98 touchdowns. He has averaged 16.0 yards per catch and has 157 catches for 20 yards or more, with 56 catches of 40 yards or more. He has also rushed for 159 yards on 23 rushes, an average of nearly seven yards per carry.

Judy Southard/Basketball Coach & Administrator (1981-92). Interim Director of Athletics for MU in 1987-88, Senior Women's Administrator/Assistant Director of Athletics 1985-92 and Head Coach of the Women's Basketball team from 1981-1992, posting a record of 178-130. Southard's total of 178 wins is the most wins ever for women's basketball coach. Her teams won five consecutive Southern Conference regular season championships from 1984-85 through 1988-89 and produced 12 first team All-SC players. She coached MU and SC all-time leading scorer (men & women) Karen Pelphrey, a three-time All-American and MU Hall of Fame member who scored 2,746 points and leads MU in all-scoring categories (game, season, field goals, average). Southard also coached HOF members Deanna Carter (Natale), Tammy Wiggins and silver medal Olympian Lea Ann Parsley. She also coached the number two scorer (Wiggins) in MU history, along with number four (Sheila Johnson, 1987-91), number five (Karla May, 1982-86), number six (Kristi Huff, 1988-92) and number ten (Tracy Krueger, 1988-93). Southard was a three-time SC Coach of the Year. She Has the fifth-best individual sport win mark, trailing only Jack Cook and Dave Piepenbrink in baseball, Joe Feaganes in men's golf and Cam Henderson for men's basketball in wins as a coach at Marshall. Southard served as Director of Athletics at Texas University for Women before joining the LSU athletic department in 2001. She is currently the senior associate athletic director for the Tigers and will serve as director of the NCAA Women's Basketball Committee beginning in September of 2006. Southard graduated from Coker College in 1970, then became a teacher and head coach at West Florence (S.C.) High School. Her team won the 4A state championship in 1976. She then became an assistant for Pat Head-Summit at Tennessee, where she got a Master's degree. Southard was head coach at UT-Martin for three years before coming to Marshall.

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