Jack Lengyel

Coach Jack Lengyel is best known for being the head football coach who took on the daunting task of rebuilding the Marshall Thundering Herd football team after the tragic plane crash of November 14, 1970; a crash which killed all 75 people on board. The movie, “We Are Marshall”, debuted in December of 2006, and stars Matthew McConaughey as Jack Lengyel.


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Coach Jack Lengyel is best known for being the head football coach who took on the daunting task of rebuilding the Marshall Thundering Herd football team after the tragic plane crash of November 14, 1970; a crash which killed all 75 people on board. The movie, “We Are Marshall”, debuted in December of 2006, and stars Matthew McConaughey as Jack Lengyel. After coaching at Marshall until 1974, Coach Lengyel went on to become the Athletic Director at universities such as Louisville, Missouri, and Fresno State; before becoming the Director of Athletics for the United States Naval Academy. Coach Lengyel was with the Naval Academy for 14-years, before “retiring”. Retirement did not last long, however, and Jack Lengyel went on to become the Interim Athletic Director for several universities (Temple, Eastern Kentucky and the University of Colorado) - always willing to help a team in their time of need. In 1995, Coach Lengyel won the prestigious John L. Toner Award, which is awarded by the College Football Hall of Fame and the National Football Foundation to honor the achievements of outstanding Athletic Directors. Jack Lengyel is a nationally sought-after motivational speaker.

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