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Denton MD Native Charles Huff To Become Head Coach At Marshall

The Maryland native becomes just the 12th Black head coach out of 130 FBS programs.

Charles Huff, a native of Maryland’s Eastern Shore (Denton MD) and HBCU alumnus has agreed to become the next head coach at Marshall University. 

Huff was recently the running backs and associate head coach at Alabama. Fresh off a National Championship win, he’s expected to take over for Doc Holiday after two seasons under Nick Saban. 

Huff coached the Doak Walker award winner Najee Harris who ran for 1500 yards and 26 touchdowns, while also hauling in 43 receptions and four touchdowns. Under his tutelage in 2019, Harris also rushed for 1,229 yards on 209 carries with 13 touchdowns, while catching 27 passes for 304 yards and seven more scores as a junior. 

Huff while at Penn State also helped mentor current Giants star running back Saquon Barkley. He also was the prime recruiter responsible for getting Barkley to come to Happy Valley. 

Huff played his college football at the Hampton University for legendary coach Joe Taylor. Those were some powerhouse teams in the MEAC and Huff played everything from tight end to fullback to center. 

Following graduation in 2005, he joined the coaching staff at Tennessee State in 2006. He then went on to coach at Vanderbilt under James Franklin, with stops also at Western Michigan and the NFL’s Buffalo Bills. 

He’s now headed to West Virginia to take over a solid Marshall program which finished (7-3) this past season. He becomes just the 12th BLACK head coach at the Football Subdivision (FBS) level.

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There are 130 FBS programs and only roughly (10%) have BLACK leaders. 

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Huff has been a master recruiter and even ranked in the top 5 of recruiters in the nation the last few years and was ranked #1 overall for the current recruiting cycle. 

He’ll face an HBCU to start the next two seasons with North Carolina Central in 2021 and Norfolk State in 2022.

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