Ashburn, VA (August 11, 2016) – Briar Woods senior Ben Maffe has commit to play football for Marshall University beginning the 2017/2018 academic school year.
“I felt relieved after I commit to Marshall because I knew it was the best fit, said Maffe. I really liked the coaching staff, facilities, and the opportunity to play in front of a football crazy town. Huntington has a great college town atmosphere. I also like how the coaches use their tight ends in their offense, and given the similarities between Marshall’s and Briar Woods’ offense, I feel I will be able to ramp up quickly. Now I can focus on the upcoming season and not have to worry about the recruiting process.”
Marshall University is a public research university in Huntington, West Virginia, founded in 1837, and named after John Marshall, the fourth Chief Justice of the United States. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 9,536, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 114 acres. Marshall’s ranking in the U.S. News & World Report’s 2016 edition of Best Colleges Regional Universities (South) is #45.
The university is currently composed of nine undergraduate colleges: College of Business, Education and Professional Development, Arts and Media, Health Professions, Information Technology and Engineering, Liberal Arts, Science, Honors College, and University College; three graduate colleges, the general Graduate College, the School of Pharmacy, and the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine. Marshall also has a regional center for cancer research, which has a national reputation for its programs in rural healthcare delivery. The forensic science graduate program is one of nearly twenty post-graduate-level academic programs in the United States accredited by the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. The University’s digital forensics program is the first program in the world to receive accreditation in digital forensics from the Forensic Science Education Programs Accreditation Commission (FEPAC).
“I met a lot of great coaches and had the opportunity to visit some great schools during my recruiting process. I felt blessed to receive the offers that I did from those schools and want to thank all of those programs and the coaches for their consideration.”
Maffe’s head football coach will be John ‘Doc’ Holiday. Coach holiday has not only returned Marshall’s football to the national spotlight, but has guided the Thundering Herd to three consecutive seasons of 10 or more victories. Only Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Florida State have longer current streaks of 10-win seasons than the Herd. Marshall has won five consecutive bowls – the current longest streak in the FBS – with four of those triumphs coming under Holliday in the last five seasons. Marshall’s three straight 10-win seasons also are a first in the 20-season history of Conference USA football.
In Holliday’s six MU seasons, he has built the Herd into a perennial Conference USA contender. His teams have sported 23 All-C-USA first team selections, 17 second-teamers, 32 honorable mention picks and 16 All-Freshman team selections. He has had nine players selected for C-USA’s top individual player-of-the-year awards. His last three teams have produced a 20-4 C-USA record. Holliday’s 2014 Herd (13-1) grabbed the school’s first C-USA Championship with a thrilling comeback, title-game win over Louisiana Tech. MU headed to the Boca Raton Bowl, where it routed Mid-American Conference champion Northern Illinois, 52-23. The Herd finished the season in the major polls – No. 22 in the USA Today Coaches poll and No. 23 in the Associated Press media poll. It was Marshall’s first appearance in the final polls since 2002. The Herd coach was named the 2014 Conference USA Coach of the Year in voting by his peers and Marshall boasted a C-USA-record 10 all-conference first team selections.
“I am likely to redshirt my first year, said Maffe, which will give me a chance to get acclimated to the school and program, and extend my eligibility. If I have the opportunity to play my freshman year, I believe I can and expect to have a positive impact on the team. Otherwise, I’ll take advantage of the time to get bigger, faster, and stronger.”
Maffe has been playing organized football since starting flag in the 1st grade with the Ashburn Youth Football League, and tackle in the 2nd. When asked about some of his fondest gridiron memories over that time, Maffe shared, “The rivalry games against Broad Run are huge! Those games are always good and the atmosphere is crazy no matter where we play. Another favorite memory is when I caught my first varsity touchdown on a pass from my older brother Jake when we played Colonial Forge in 2014.”
“I would like to thank God, my family, friends, and the Briar Woods coaching staff for believing in me and for all their support in helping me achieve my goals. I am appreciative of all their support of my football career, and for being there as I managed the stress of the recruiting process. They always had my back and were there to support me no matter what decision I made.”
When asked what advice he’d share with other pursuing their dreams, Ben shared, “If someone tells you that you cannot do something, ignore them, and don’t give up. Be aggressive in chasing an opportunity at the next level, as coaches are not going to come looking for you. You need to work hard, train well, and put forth the effort and market yourself.”
Please join us in wishing Ben Maffe the very best in his success on the gridiron, and in the classroom as he pursues a degree in Business and Communications from Marshall University.
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