Thundering Herd coach Doc Holliday will not return in 2021

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Marshall Thundering Herd head football coach Doc Holliday will not return for the 2021 season. His contract will not be renewed.

Holliday said that it was President Dr. Jerry Gilbert, who elected not to renew his contract. He went 85-54 as the Thundering Herd head coach.

Former Marshall Thundering Herd head football coach John “Doc” Holliday on the field before a game
John “Doc” Holliday on the field before a game (Photo by Marshall Thundering Herd Athletics)

“I want to thank Doc Holliday for the leadership he has provided this program over the past 11 seasons,” said Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “In addition to his success on the field, he ran a clean program, graduated his student-athletes and prepared young men for life after football.”

This past season, Holliday guided the Thundering Herd to a 7-3 record. The team was defeated in their last game under Holliday’s leadership in the Camellia Bowl on Christmas Day against the Buffalo Bulls in Montgomery, Alabama.

Holliday has had a winning record at the school the last four seasons. The 63-year-old only had three losing records at Marshall.

The last losing record came during the 2016 season when the team went 3-9. He also had two 5-7 records in 2010 and 2012.

His best season at Marshall came during the 2014 season. He guided the team to a 13-1 regular season record.

That season, the Thundering Herd won the 2014 Boca Raton Bowl. Marshall defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies 52-23 in the first Boca Raton Bowl at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, Florida.

“I have been informed that Marshall President Dr. Jerry Gilbert will not be extending my contract as Head Football Coach at Marshall University,” Holliday said. “I am proud of what we accomplished together both academically and athletically. We’ve been able to graduate student-athletes and develop them to their highest potential while competing for championships.”

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