Phil Ratliff
Position: Assistant Coach
Other Position: Offensive Line; Recruiting Coordinator
Experience: 3 Years
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Phil Ratliff, a 1994 Marshall graduate, was named the 49ers Offensive Line Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, Jan. 1, 2012.  He had been the Thundering Herd's Tight Ends coach for the last six years. 

Ratliff is a former all-America offensive lineman at Marshall.

Ratliff joined Marshall's coaching staff after spending two years at James Madison, helping the Dukes to the 2004 NCAA Div. I-AA National Championship.  Lambert was on the coaching staff at Marshall during Ratliff's playing career.  A two-time all-America, Ratliff played at Marshall from 1989-92 and captained the Thundering Herd's 1992 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship team.  As a coach, he then helped the Herd to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in 2009 and Beef O'Brady's Bowl in 2011.

"He played for us at Marshall and he was a very intense player.  He will bring that intensity to the offensive line," Lambert said.  "He's coached at all levels: high school, FBS, FCS.  He's recruited the Charlotte area in particular for a number of years and that's very important to us.  The other thing we love is he'll do a great job with the guys, handling the players and do a great job representing our university with his integrity and character and the type of guy he is." 

Following his playing career, Ratliff was a student assistant at Marshall in 1993.  He went on to become defensive coordinator at Lawrence County (Ky.) H.S. from 1994-99.  He then coached at Spring Valley (W. Va.)  H.S. from 2000-2003 before heading to James Madison.

A native of Louisa, Ky., Ratliff received his bachelor's degree in elementary education with a specialization in special education from Marshall in 1994.

Phil Ratliff

Marshall, 1994

2-time all-America (offensive line)

Coaching Experience:

Marshall, 2006-11:  Tight Ends

James Madison, 2004-05:

Spring Valley H.S., 2000-03

Lawrence County (Ky.) H.S. 1994-99: Defensive Coordinator

Marshall, 1993: Student Assistant

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