Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

January 14, 2013

Heater hired to run Marshall's defense

Wire reports
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

HUNTINGTON — Temple defensive coordinator Chuck Heater has been hired for the same position at Marshall.

Marshall coach Doc Holliday announced Heater’s hiring Monday.

The 60-year-old Heater served as Temple’s defensive coordinator the past two seasons. He replaces Chris Rippon, who resigned in November. Marshall allowed an average of 43 points per game during the 2012 season.

Marshall marks the 12th school where Heater has been a coach over a 37-year career. Before going to Temple, he served as co-defensive coordinator at Florida in 2010 and assistant defensive coordinator in 2008 and 2009.

“It is a great day for me personally to get reunited with Coach Holliday,” said Heater. “I consider Doc one of the truly outstanding coaches in this profession and am excited to re-connect with my West Virginia roots.

“I look forward to my contribution in returning Marshall to football greatness.”

“Chuck is one of the most respected coaches in the nation and will bring with him a proven track record of success,” Holliday said. “He has helped win three national titles and I’m tremendously excited for him to join our staff.”

“He’s one of the best teachers. I used to just sit in his meetings and watch him coach,” said Urban Meyer, who mentored Heater at Florida and is now the head coach at Ohio State. “Coach Heater has a tendency of making some players out of non-players.”

Born in Weston and raised in Tiffin, Ohio, Heater received his bachelor’s degree in education from Michigan in 1975. A three-year letter winner at running back, Heater earned second-team All-Big Ten honors as a junior and was honorable mention as a senior.

Finishing his playing career as UM’s fifth-leading rusher all-time with 1,981 yards on 406 carries (a 4.9-yard per carry average), he received the school’s Fielding Yost Award in 1975 for the most outstanding academic and athletic performance by a senior.

During his tenure at Michigan, the Wolverines went 41-3-1 and won outright or shared the Big Ten title every season.

Heater was drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the 10th round of the 1975 NFL draft.

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The Associated Press and the Marshall sports information office contributed to this story.