Obituary-Former Marshall University Football Head Coach Stan Parrish Has Died At 75

Stan Parrish Obituary

Death: Former Marshall University Football Head Coach Stan Parrish Has Died At 75

Stan Parrish, the former head coach of Marshall University’s football team, died on Sunday. He was 75 years old at the time. In 1984 and 1985, Parrish coached the Thundering Herd to a 13-8-1 record. Parrish led the Herd to a 6-5 record in his debut season, the team’s first winning season in 20 years.

According to, Marshall finished the season with a 31-28 win over East Tennessee State, one of Parrish’s most prized victories in a 64-62-3 coaching career that included stops at Wabash, Marshall, Kansas State, and Ball State. Parrish recounted the triumph over the Buccaneers during a 1984 team reunion on Oct. 12, 2014.

“All the grief, all the sadness, all the frustration was finished with that win,” Parrish recalled of the victory that helped Marshall fans recover from the plane accident on Nov. 14, 1970, that killed all 75 people on board, including the majority of the Herd football team. “After the game, we told our guys in the locker room, ‘It’s over.'”

Parrish moved to Kansas State after the 1985 season, where he went 2-30-1 in three seasons. The decision to take that job, according to Parrish, was his biggest regret in coaching.

Parrish admitted, “I left much too early.” “I should have listened to my wife and stayed, but I was a young coach with a lot of ambition.” This was a fantastic location for us.”

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