March 12, 2013
Over two weeks after the speculation first surfaced, Doc Holliday has filled one of the holes in his Marshall coaching staff, although another could be created in the not-too-distant future.
As expected, Mike Furrey was named Thursday as the Herd's new wide receivers coach, the school announced in a release. Furrey will fill the role vacated by Gerad Parker, who left Huntington early last month to become tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator at Purdue.
"It is a pleasure to welcome Mike and his family to our program," Holliday said in a statement. "He brings with him an outstanding resume, not only as a coach and a person, but also as someone who played at the game's highest level for the length he did. Our wide receiver unit is in good hands."
Furrey, a three-time Div. 1-AA All-American receiver at Northern Iowa after beginning his collegiate career at Ohio State in the mid-nineties, had spent the past two seasons as head coach at Kentucky Christian University, an NAIA institution. His only other coaching experience came at the high school level following an NFL playing career essentially ended in 2009.
While Furrey's hiring brings Holliday staff back to eight assistants, it could very well drop back to seven in short order. JaJuan Seider, who currently serves as the Herd's running backs coach, is rumored to be on his way to in-state rival West Virginia to take over the same job with the Mountaineers.