Jack Lengyel
American football coach, lacrosse coach, college athletics administrator, software executive
Jack Lengyel
Jack Lengyel is a software executive and former 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 from 1971 until 1974, compiling a career college football record of 32–55. 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.
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Holliday, Herd embrace tough schedule - Huntington Herald Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
"The hardest schedule is what Jack Lengyel and those guys had in '71 because they were starting over," Holliday said. Ever since he's taken over as the lead man in Huntington, Holliday has always made mention of how special, yet difficult the
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WCG Film Tourney: (4)The Program vs. (5)We Are Marshall - Windy City Gridiron
Google News - over 5 years
Matthew McConaughey as Jack Lengyel, who helps petition the NCAA to allow freshmen to play, and leads a band of young men on an emotional journey to acceptance. These are two of my favorite football movies of all time. Program IMO needed ranked higher
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Marshall to play Navy - Huntington Herald Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
Even though Marshall and Navy have never met on the football field, the schools share a direct correlation in the form of Jack Lengyel. Lengyel coached Marshall's Young Thundering Herd from 1971-74 and was pivotal in reviving the program following the
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Roundup of Matthew McConaughey's best roles - So Hood
Google News - over 5 years
In the 2006 film, We Are Marshall, Matthew played Jack Lengyel as the coach who took over the 1971 football team from Marshall University (Huntington, WV) which virtually the entire football team and coaches of Marshall University (Huntington,
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Gallery: Do you remember? -- Marshall vs. Morehead State, 1970 - Huntington Herald Dispatch
Google News - over 5 years
original game stories and rosters of the 1970 and '71 teams. - photo galleries of the teams, Fairfield Stadium and more. - stories about Jack Lengyel, Nate Ruffin and Red Dawson. - coverage of the filming of the 2006 movie "We Are Marshall."
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UNIVERSIDADE MARSHALL - RTP
Google News - over 5 years
A única solução passa pela assinatura de uma petição de NCAA que permita que os caloiros da universidade joguem pela equipa de Marshall. Nate Ruffin acaba por encontrar o treinador Jack Lengyel que motiva os novos jogadores e que os faz ver que ganhar
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Green & White - West Virginia MetroNews
Google News - almost 6 years
Those scheduled to be on hand include Bob Pruett, Jim Donnan, George Chaump, Stan Parrish, Sonny Randle and Jack Lengyel. On Friday night, they'll attend a fundraising event for the Big Green Scholarship Foundation. Chaump, who coached the Thundering
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Niumat Locked In Long-Term - Annapolis Capital (blog)
Google News - almost 6 years
Former Naval Academy athletic director Jack Lengyel took considerable heat for rewarding Charlie Weatherbie with a 10-year contract after he led Navy to a 9-3 record and championship of the Aloha Bowl in 1996. That decision wound up looking foolish
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A Pro League With a Hint of School Spirit
NYTimes - over 9 years
The sporting landscape is littered with failed football leagues, whose only surviving traits are their acronyms: the W.F.L., the U.S.F.L., the XFL, among others. The latest venture trying to make money off America's most popular professional sport is the A.A.F.L., short for the All American Football League. The league, whose planned opening is May
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FILM REVIEW; Stumbling for Gridiron Glory After a Crash
NYTimes - about 10 years
''We Are Marshall'' is the kind of crassly formulaic movie in which everything hinges on a single play in the final seconds of a big football game. Such manipulative, adrenaline-stimulating tricks are all too commonplace, and sometimes they work. Rarely, however, has one been drawn out as shamelessly and to such damaging effect as the moment of
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PLUS: COLLEGES; Knee Injury Sidelines Miami's Jones
NYTimes - over 15 years
Daryl Jones, the top receiver for No. 1 Miami, will miss Saturday's game against Rutgers with a sprained knee ligament suffered in the Hurricanes' 33-7 victory over Penn State on Saturday during a punt return near the end of the first half. Coach Larry Coker expects Jones, a fifth-year receiver, to be ready for Miami's game Sept. 15 against No. 15
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COLLEGE FOOTBALL; Backups Help Rally Cadets; 9 Fans Are Injured in Fall
NYTimes - about 18 years
The 99th Army-Navy game finally ended today when cornerback Tony Coaxum intercepted the last Navy pass with three seconds left. That sealed a victory that had seemed beyond Army's reach, in a game that featured big plays -- 5 touchdowns of 49 yards or more -- but was marred by a 38-minute delay in the fourth quarter after nine spectators were
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After Four Heartbreaks, Can Navy Win?
NYTimes - about 20 years
If Navy does not beat Army this year. . . . Let the thought die there with regard to Saturday's game at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, the 97th in a series that stands 46-43, with 7 ties, in favor of West Point. Should history decide which team is most deserving, then expect Navy to be knighted. The last four games have been remarkably close,
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In Naval Academy Sports, No Lapse of Ethics
NYTimes - almost 21 years
To the Editor: Re "At Naval Academy, Ethics Lapses Go Back Years" (letter, April 28): The Naval Academy Athletic Association, a private corporation, bought a condominium for the use of its athletic director, Jack Lengyel, as Jeffrey R. Tishman asserts. But this was because of a housing crunch at the academy, and Mr. Lengyel is paying appropriate
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At Naval Academy, Ethics Lapses Go Back Years
NYTimes - almost 21 years
To the Editor: Re your April 24 editorial on ethical lapses at the United States Naval Academy extending beyond the student body: In 1993, the academy's athletic director, Jack Lengyel, dropped several minor sports teams, citing financial considerations and a student body reduced in size by Congressional mandate. Fencing -- the oldest and most
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EASTERN COLLEGE REPORT
NYTimes - over 21 years
Rough Start for Big East Of the Big East's eight teams, only Pittsburgh (2-0) can boast of being unbeaten so far this season. Miami, at No. 19, is the only team ranked among the Associated Press's top 25. Against non-league opponents, the Big East's record is 4-6, and its teams will not be favorites in three games on Saturday. Temple (0-2) plays at
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FOOTBALL; On the Army-Navy Weekend, Don't Forget Air Force
NYTimes - about 22 years
While Army will play Navy for the 95th time on Saturday in Philadelphia in an event that will be televised more by habit than by demand, Air Force will face Hawaii in Honolulu looking for its sixth victory this season in the competitive Western Athletic Conference. The contrast in these two games -- 4,900 miles apart -- underscores the disparity of
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FOOTBALL; A One-Game Season for Army and Navy
NYTimes - about 23 years
John Lane, who will start at left halfback for Army against Navy today at Giants Stadium, was recently asked what the game meant to him. "Well, I'll remember it because it's going to be my last football game," he said. "And I've put a lot of my life into football since I was 6 years old." Army-Navy games are easier to remember than most football
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FOOTBALL; Pushing Aside Games for a World War
NYTimes - about 25 years
On Nov. 29, 1941, Navy defeated Army, 14-6, at Municipal Stadium in Philadelphia before a crowd of 98,497 spectators. The team was one of Navy's better ones, losing only to Notre Dame that season. Eight days later, on the Sunday afternoon of Dec. 7, the players were being honored by the superintendent of the Naval Academy, Rear Adm. Russell Wilson,
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SPORTS SCHEDULING; Sporting Events Go On, but Outlook Is Unclear
NYTimes - about 26 years
After the outbreak of war in the Middle East, virtually all sporting events went on as scheduled last night. It was unclear what effect the conflict would have on coming events. But the basketball game between North Carolina and North Carolina State was postponed. Both CBS and NBC went ahead yesterday with plans to televise Sunday's National
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jack Lengyel
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 73
    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.
    More Details Hide Details 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 plays Lengyel in the film We Are Marshall, which was released on December 22, 2006. His family name means Polish in Hungarian.
    On January 12, 2008, seven members of a high school basketball team from 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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1988
    Age 53
    In 1988, he became the Athletic Director at the United States Naval Academy, where he served for 14 years before retiring in 2001.
    More Details Hide Details He received the 2005 John L. Toner Award from the National Football Foundation and 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, 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.
  • 1986
    Age 51
    He returned to University of Missouri to become their athletic director from 1986 to 1988.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1983
    Age 48
    He then went to Fresno State as director of athletics from 1983 to 1986.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 35
    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.
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  • 1968
    Age 33
    He also coached lacrosse at Wooster for three seasons, from 1968 to 1970.
    More Details Hide Details 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, ending when he resigned. 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).
  • 1966
    Age 31
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1959
    Age 24
    He graduated from the University of Akron where he was an assistant coach in 1959, and was a member of Lone Star Fraternity.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1935
    Age 0
    Born in 1935.
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