"Chuck is one of the most respected coaches in the nation and will bring with him a proven track record of success," Holliday said. "He has helped win three national titles and I'm tremendously excited for him to join our staff."
Heater has a history with Meyer dating back to 1986, when Heater was a running backs coach and Meyer was a graduate assistant at Ohio State. They coached together at Colorado State in 1991-92, and Heater joined Meyer's Utah staff in 2004.
The Utes were 12-0 that season, pounding Pittsburgh in the Fiesta Bowl.
"That was the best team I've coached," Heater said. "I've had better players, but that was the best team, a tremendous team that could play with anybody in the country."
When Meyer went to Florida, Heater went with him for six seasons. Holliday also was on the staff for the first three of those years, with the Gators winning two national titles.
Moving to Temple in 2011, Heater cultivated the Mid-American Conference's best defense in many categories, helping the Owls to a 9-4 record. He had a first-team all-conference player in defensive end Adrian Robinson, as well as fifth-round NFL draft pick Tahir Whitehead.
In 2012, the Owls struggled in its new place in the Big East, falling to 4-7. Heater's unit still produced the league's rookie of the year in linebacker Tyler Matakevich, and ranked third in the league with 2.27 sacks per game.
At Marshall, Heater will tutor the secondary, a position he has worked with much of his coaching career. He also has worked with inside linebackers and running backs, as well as serving in a number of special-team roles.
"I knew about Doc. He recruits good players," Heater said of his decision to come to MU. "I felt like when I evaluated it, he has good players. I don't know what happened [last year]. If we can coach them and motivate them and get them in the right direction, we'll have a chance."
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