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Sources: Charles Huff hiring strength coach with Alabama ties for a key hire at Marshall

It's a sentiment that has been shared a number of times by a number of different head coaches - the strength coach is the most important hire for a new staff.

It would be safe to say that is especially true for first-time college head coaches.

Sources tell FootballScoop that new Marshall head coach Charles Huff has identified who he wants alongside him to march the Thundering Herd in a new direction.

Per sources, Samford (FCS - AL) director of football strength and conditioning Ben Ashford is heading to Marshall to take the head strength job.

Ashford has spent the last five seasons at Samford, and prior to that he was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Alabama from 2013-15 working primarily with baseball and men's tennis, and he spent two years prior to that as an intern in the Tide's strength department.

We shared last night, and updated again earlier today, that Huff is completely changing out Marshall's defensive staff. We are told offensive coordinator Tim Cramsey is expected to be retained; but other changes are coming on the offensive side of the ball too.

Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.