The Info List - Jack Lengyel

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JACK ROBERT LENGYEL (born 1935) is a software executive and former American football
American football
coach, lacrosse coach, and college athletics administrator. He served as the head football coach at the College of Wooster from 1966 to 1970 and at Marshall University
Marshall University
from 1971 until 1974, compiling a career college football record of 33–54. At Marshall, he took over the Thundering Herd football program after the Southern Airways Flight 932 plane crash that killed nearly the entire team in 1970. Lengyel was the athletic director at California State University, Fresno from 1983 to 1986, at the University of Missouri from 1986 to 1988, and at the United States Naval Academy
United States Naval Academy
from 1988 to 2001. He served as the interim athletic director at Temple University in 2002, at Eastern Kentucky University from 2002 to 2003, and at the University of Colorado Boulder
University of Colorado Boulder
from 2004 to 2005.


* 1 Early life and coaching career

* 1.1 Marshall

* 2 Administrative career * 3 In media

* 4 Head coaching record

* 4.1 Football

* 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links


Lengyel's family name means "Polish" in Hungarian . He graduated from the University of Akron
University of Akron
where he was an assistant coach in 1959, and was a member of Lone Star Fraternity. In 1962, he earned a Master of Education degree from Kent State University
Kent State University
. He was an assistant coach at Heidelberg College (1961–1962) and Cornell University (1963–1965) before becoming head football at the College of Wooster in 1966. He also coached lacrosse at Wooster for three seasons, from 1968 to 1970.


Lengyel was hired by athletic director Joe McMullen after head coach Rick Tolley was killed along with most of the Marshall coaches and players in the crash. When Lengyel arrived at Marshall he was forced to recruit athletes from other sports (baseball and basketball ) as well as allow a large number of walk-ons in order to rebuild the devastated football program. Although the team struggled in Lengyel's first season at the helm, it managed to win a stunning 15–13 victory over Xavier , scoring a touchdown on the final play of the game. His overall record at Marshall as the head coach was 9–33.


After leaving Marshall, Lengyel went into the private sector before returning to sports as associate director of athletics at Louisville (1978–1980) and Missouri (1980–1983). He then went to Fresno State as director of athletics from 1983 to 1986. He returned to University of Missouri to become their athletic director from 1986 to 1988.

In 1988, he became the athletic director at the United States Naval Academy , where he served for 14 years before retiring in 2001. He received the 2005 John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame
for his service at Navy. Since retiring from Navy in 2001, he has also been the interim director of athletics at Temple University
Temple University
, Eastern Kentucky University , and most recently University of Colorado .

Lengyel also served many years on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation of the United States Naval Academy. He is currently the vice president of business development for XOS Digital, a sports media and technology company.

On January 12, 2008, seven members of a high school basketball team from Bathurst, New Brunswick
Bathurst, New Brunswick
, Canada
and their coach's wife were killed in a highway crash when the 15-seat van they were traveling in collided with a tractor-trailer while returning from a game in Moncton in snowy conditions. Drawing similarities between the two tragedies, on March 13, 2008, Jack Lengyel funded his own traveling expenses to New Brunswick, Canada
to assist in counseling the grieving community.

Lengyel went on record with the Canadian Press stating that schools should not be transporting students in small, multi-passenger vans. The New Brunswick government announced soon after the crash that it was suspending the use of the vans.


Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey
plays Lengyel in the film We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall
, which was released on December 22, 2006.




WOOSTER FIGHTING SCOTS ( Ohio Athletic Conference
Ohio Athletic Conference
) (1966–1970)

1966 Wooster 1–8 1–5 12th

1967 Wooster 6–3 5–1 T–2nd

1968 Wooster 6–3 5–2 T–4th

1969 Wooster 3–6 3–4 T–9th

1970 Wooster 7–2 5–1 T–3rd

WOOSTER: 24–21 19–13

MARSHALL THUNDERING HERD (NCAA University Division / Division I independent) (1971–1974)

1971 Marshall 2–8

1972 Marshall 2–8

1973 Marshall 4–7

1974 Marshall 1–10


TOTAL: 33–54


* List of teachers portrayed in films


* ^ The Citizen-Advertiser (Auburn, New York, "Cornell Grid Coach Believes His Team Will Be Stronger", August 29, 1963, page 16 * ^ Mansfield News-Journal, March 21, 1967, page 16 * ^ Book Jack Lengyel, inspirational We Are Marshall
We Are Marshall
coach, at Speakers.com, accessed 30 December 2009,


* Jack Lengyel hiring press release by