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Marshall hiring Furrey

Feb. 21, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Former NFL wide receiver and Kentucky Christian University football head coach Mike Furrey resigned to become the wide receivers coach at Marshall University, according to a Wednesday press release from KCU.

The release announced the naming of former assistant coach Gene Peterson to succeed Furrey.

Although Marshall officials said Furrey has not been officially hired, family sources confirmed Wednesday afternoon Furrey would be making the move to join the Thundering Herd.

The 35-year-old Furrey comes to Marshall after leading Kentucky Christian since Dec. 2010. Kentucky Christian is in Grayson, Ky., and just 30 miles from Huntington.

After a 4-7 season in 2011, the Knights turned things around under Furrey in 2012, finishing 7-4 with wins in five of the last six games.

The Furrey family has already been involved in the Huntington community during its time in the Tri-State.

Mike and Koren Furrey have two sons, Stone and Cannon, and a daughter, Makayla. During Furrey's first season at KCU, Makayla and Stone went to Huntington St. Joe for school. The family relocated to the Cannonsburg, Ky., area this year.

The Furreys also have been noted for their charitable contributions to whatever community they have been part of over the years.

Last year they were heavily involved in the Dusty Kincaid Classic, which was an event to raise money for a Winfield High School baseball player who needed emergency brain surgery after he was struck in the head by a line drive during a game in the early portion of the 2012 season.

The Furreys also started the Mike Furrey Foundation in 2007, a non-profit organization designed to improve the lives of those who are hungry, homeless, hurting and/or hopeful.

Furrey was an NFL receiver for eight seasons, spending time with the St. Louis Rams, Detroit Lions, Cleveland Browns and the 2010 training camp with the Washington Redskins.

During that training camp, Furrey suffered a concussion that ended his career.

His most notable season came with the Lions in 2006 when he caught 98 passes for 1,086 yards and six touchdowns. That came after a 2005 season with the Rams in which he played safety.

The former Northern Iowa receiver finished his NFL career with 221 receptions for 2,298 yards and seven touchdowns.

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