Matewan’s Cunningham named to Marshall Hall of Fame


Former Matewan High School standout Melvin Cunningham has been named to the Marshall University Hall of Fame. He is now the head coach at Fairland High School in Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the Herald-Dispatch)


HUNTINGTON — The Marshall University Athletics Hall of Fame Committee has announced the 2016 induction class for the Hall of Fame.

“This class represents some of the finest student-athletes in school history,” Marshall Director of Athletics Mike Hamrick said. “The contributions of these fine men and women are truly appreciated by everyone in the Marshall Athletics family.”

This year’s class (alphabetical order by last names):

Bob Barnett – Wrestling (Coach), 1972-79

Melvin Cunningham — Football, 1992-96

Dani Derricott — Football, 1997-2000

Courtney Driscoll — Football, 1940-41 (deceased)

Lynn Kochendorfer – Track and Field, 1987-90

Catie Knable – Women’s Basketball, 2000-04

Jeanne Noble Lunsford — Softball, 1994-95

John Spellacy — Football, 1985-88

Bill Yanossy – Football/Track and Field, 1973-77

The annual Hall of Fame dinner is scheduled Friday, Sept. 16 at 7 p.m., in the Don Morris Room of the Marshall University Memorial Student Center.

Tickets are $35 each and are available through the Marshall University Ticket Office (in the lobby of the Cam Henderson Center on Third Avenue), at HerdZone.com or by calling 1-800-THE-HERD. Tickets purchased after Sept. 9 will be $45.

The Hall members will be guests of the Marshall M Club at the club’s tailgate at the southwest corner of Joan C. Edwards Stadium, prior the Thundering Herd’s Sept. 17 football game versus Akron. The class will be introduced to the stadium crowd in a pregame ceremony. Kickoff time is still to be determined.

Tickets to the game also are available through the MU ticket office at the numbers or website listed above for banquet tickets.

The Melvin Cunningham resume:

Football, 1992-96

Cunningham was a two-time All-American and All-Southern Conference cornerback for the Thundering Herd. He was also a member of two SoCon championship teams (1994 and ‘96) and two national championship teams (1992 and ‘96), the latter serving as team captain.

That season, he led the team with three interceptions and ended his career with 12 picks, fifth all-time in school history. During his four years, he notched 186 career tackles, 140 of those solo.

In 1994, he tied a school record with a 100-yard return of an interception versus James Madison and grabbed a career-best four interceptions that season.

After Marshall, he signed with the Miami Dolphins in 1997 and joined the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League later that year where he played until 2003.

Cunningham, a Matewan High School graduate, is currently head coach at Fairland High School in Proctorville, Ohio.

Former Matewan High School standout Melvin Cunningham has been named to the Marshall University Hall of Fame. He is now the head coach at Fairland High School in Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the Herald-Dispatch)
http://williamsondailynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_Melvin.jpgFormer Matewan High School standout Melvin Cunningham has been named to the Marshall University Hall of Fame. He is now the head coach at Fairland High School in Ohio. (Photo courtesy of the Herald-Dispatch)
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