Holliday to coach Herd through ’18

HUNTINGTON – The contract of Marshall football coach Doc Holliday has been extended through June 2018, Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick announced Monday.

“Coach Holliday has made Marshall football relevant again,” Hamrick said. “With his leadership, the Thundering Herd is on its way to competing for championships on a regular basis.”

Holliday is pointed toward his fifth season leading the Herd. He has incentives in his contract, if achieved, for an additional $145,000. Those include a $30,000 bonus for each conference championship and $30,000 for each Marshall bowl appearance. Both figures are an increase of $10,000 over his previous contract.

Monday’s extension did not include an increase in Holliday’s base ($175,000) and supplemental salary ($425,000 for radio, television and fundraising appearances on behalf of the Big Green Scholarship Foundation). Should Holliday resign, his buyout is $600,000 and the $3 million provision for leaving for West Virginia University remains unchanged.

In 2013, Holliday led Marshall to its first double-digit winning season since 2002 with a 10-4 performance, capped by a 31-20 victory over Maryland in the Military Bowl.

He also coached Marshall to a Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Bowl triumph over Florida International University in 2011.