Jack Lengyel (far left) posing with Matthew McConaughey (left), Matthew Fox (right) and Red Dawson (far right) during the filming of “We Are… Marshall.”

HUNTINGTON, W.Va.—Two legends will represent the Thundering Herd as honorary captains at the 2013 Military Bowl.  Jack Lengyel and Herschel “Woody” Williams will be at mid-field for the coin toss on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

“It is truly an honor to have Jack Lengyel and Woody Williams, two of our state’s finest, represent our football team at the Military Bowl,” said Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick. “These two gentlemen are first-class and we are extremely grateful to have them on our side as we battle the University of Maryland next Friday.”

Lengyel is most remembered for taking over as Marshall’s head coach in 1971 and rebuilding the football program that was devastated by the plane crash on Nov. 14, 1970 that killed 75 people, including most of the team and coaches. 


Hershel “Woody” Williams was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions during World War II on Iwo Jima.

After his coaching days at Marshall were finished, Lengyel went on to in athletic administrations at Louisville, Missouri, Fresno State, and Navy.  Lengyel was the Director of Athletics at the Naval Academy from 1988 to 2001.

Williams grew up in Fairmont and received a Purple Heart and the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions on Iwo Jima during World War II.   He is one of only nine living World War II Medal of Honor recipients. A new $25 million Armed Forces Reserve Center in Fairmont was dedicated to the 90-year Williams last year.

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  • WVU grad

    A sincere salute to Woody Williams and all those who served in WWII to keep us free.

    Go Herd!

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  • Fubar

    Go Herd!!

  • Jason


  • zero tolerance

    Another classy move by The Thundering Herd. Other programs in this state should follow their lead.

    • Stan

      What the heck. I was reading this article thinking, how cool of Marshall to do this. Both of these guys deserve recognition. And then I read a classless comment like yours and it puts a damper on the happy feelings I got from reading the article. And for the record I like both schools and am proud of both schools.

    • Your a tool

      You've got to be kidding me with that comment. I guess you forgot that "classless" act that WVU baseball team did last year after the tornado hit in Oklahoma. I guess it was shallow of them to help with the clean up and buy supplies for the families.
      Too many idiots on this page

      • EAD

        They didn't help with the clean up, it must be real hard to go buy supplies with someone else's money on a day off. Every team in the tournament did this not only WVU. They were already in the area it's not like they went out of their way to help. Some of those supplies should have been sent back to Morgantown to feed their starving football players.

        • Dave

          Your comment shows your intelligence. WVU most certainly did help with the clean up. They went to a neighborhood and helped families sort through what was left and made different piles of different types of refuse.