HUNTINGTON - As JaJuan Seider entered the visitors' locker room at Mountaineer Field 12 months ago, he knew he had been there before.
Not as a visiting player - the former quarterback played most of his college career in Morgantown. And he didn't visit the room in a playing capacity, per se.
"That was our study hall when I was a freshman. It changed. It's a locker room now," said Seider, Marshall's running backs coach.
Seider has done his fair share of studying, and that never stops for a coach. After he finished his college career at Florida A&M, he coached in the Florida high school ranks before returning to WVU as a graduate assistant. As he received his master's degree, he received a tap on the shoulder by outgoing Mountaineer assistant Doc Holliday.
Both were heading south on Interstate 79, en route to Marshall.
Holliday recruited Seider out of talent-rich Belle Glade, Fla., and that relationship never ended. Seider's ties to south Florida have gotten stronger over the years, and he now owns the title of MU's recruiting coordinator.
As the Thundering Herd prepared to open the 2011 season, Seider wore another new title: Visiting coach at Mountaineer Field.
"Last year was definitely different; I'd be lying if I told you it wasn't," he said. "It was the first time I came into that locker room as a visiting coach.
"I had never been on that sideline. Even when we practiced, I was never on that sideline, never when working with the quarterbacks in the warm-ups."
This time, the trip will be different again for Seider, simply because he won't have that odd sensation of dressing in his former study hall. But one thing will be the same as last year: He will be dialed in on his position, on the Thundering Herd's game plan.
"If you're not locked in, you can't expect your players to be locked in," said Bill Legg, MU's offensive coordinator. "If you're not energized and looking forward to the challenges that athletics present, you can't expect them to be energized and looking forward."
Legg's football career has taken him to Morgantown, Huntington and back again. He came out of Poca to play at WVU, where he also served as graduate assistant. By 2001, he was coaching tight ends for Bob Pruett at Marshall.
After the 2002 season, he went to Purdue for five seasons and Miami-based Florida International for two more. He was lured back to Huntington by Holliday, continuing another old coach-player relationship.
Legg not only will return to his old playing grounds again, he will return to Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium on Sept. 29. Should he remain on Marshall's staff, he stands to return to FIU's expanding stadium.
On those road games, he tends to look around the venue, particularly if he hasn't been there before (he will make his Rice Stadium debut on Sept. 22). If he is returning to a stadium, he notes the differences from previous visits.
"The field itself hasn't changed," Legg said of Mountaineer Field. "The end zone toward the hospital has changed - when I was a player, it was a hillside, and then they added bleachers to that end zone, but now they have luxury suites and seats down there for the band.
"I haven't been in the building itself for a number of years, but I've heard there are a lot of changes on the inside. You don't necessarily see them from the outside looking in. Those are probably the two biggest changes."