Herd Adds Pollard, Wade to Football Coaching Staff

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HUNTINGTON, WV - Marshall head coach Doc Holliday announced Wednesday that Lytrel Pollard and Geep Wade have been named assistant coaches for the Thundering Herd’s football program.


Pollard will coach the Herd’s cornerbacks, Wade will coach the guards and centers and offensive coordinator Bill Legg will now coach the team’s tackles and tight ends.


"Both of them are great young coaches and I am excited to have them join our staff," Holliday said. "They are relentless recruiters and excellent coaches that will be a great addition to the Marshall Football Family."

Pollard comes to Marshall after serving as UT Martin’s defensive coordinator in 2011, where his unit finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference, including a second down ranking in third down defense. His linebacker, Ben Johnson, finished fourth in the OVC in total tackles, while defensive end DJ Roberts finished second in the league in tackles for losses.


“I’m very happy to be here,” said Pollard. “I look forward to helping us win a Conference USA title.”


Prior to his time at UT Martin, Pollard spent one year at Mississippi College where he served as the Choctaws defensive coordinator for the 2010 season.
Before Mississippi College, Pollard was on the University of Memphis coaching staff for two seasons. He was part of the defensive staff that helped Memphis improve from 100th to 57th nationally in total defense in just one season.


Wade spent two seasons leading the offensive line at his alma mater, while also serving as the recruiting coordinator. He returned to the sidelines for his second stint as an assistant coach at UTC after serving on the Mocs’ staff in 2002 following his graduation.


“I’m happy to join the Marshall family,” said Wade. “I came here to win championships and look forward to helping the program build on its recent success.”


Wade was in charge of the tackles and tight ends during the 2010 campaign, helping Chris Harr (OT) and Garrett Hughes (TE) to first team All-SoCon honors. The play of the offensive line allowed the Mocs to finish 11th nationally in total offense (430 yards per game), while the unit threw for an average of 277 yards, second in the SoCon and eighth nationally.


Wade spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at Tennessee-Martin, serving as the offensive coordinator in 2009. In 2008, the Skyhawks posted an 8-4 overall record, ranking fourth in the nation in scoring offense (37.33).


In 2007, Wade and the Skyhawk offense ranked No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Conference in total offense (433 yards per game) and points scored per game (33.36). The team finished first in rushing offense (218.5) in the OVC, 12th in the nation.


Before coming to UT Martin in 2006 with head coach Jason Simpson, Wade was an offensive line coach at Western Carolina and Midwestern State in Texas. He also enjoyed a stint at Tennessee where he was an offensive line grad assistant for the Volunteers in 2004, the same year the team won the Southeastern Conference East Division title and the Cotton Bowl. In 2003, Wade coached the offensive line and served as the recruiting coordinator at Mars Hill College.


Wade was a team captain and an offensive lineman at UTC from 1999-01, earning his degree in Business Management in 2002. He is married to the former Amy Howell of McKenzie, Tenn. They have one daughter, Emma Kate.


Marshall Football went 7-6 in 2011 against the nation’s 16th-toughest schedule, according to gberatings.com. The team capped the season with a 20-10 win over Florida International in the Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl, the seventh bowl win in the program’s history.


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