Blackford athletic director Tony Uggen said he had been recently planning for the future with Dave Marshall as the coach of the school’s boys basketball team. That future is set to change.
Marshall resigned the position, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
“I was kind of shocked when he told me, because we were talking about the next year,” Uggen said. “I’m happy for him, but at the same token it’s bittersweet. You hate to lose him, he’s such a quality coach.”
Marshall went 43-63 in five years at Blackford. Blackford went 8-13 this season, losing to Yorktown in its first game at the Class 3A Southside Sectional. The 2013-14 Bruins had a senior-laden roster, so Marshall’s successor will face the task of finding new pieces for key positions in the lineup. The Bruins’ seniors combined to score 52 of their team’s 56 points in that sectional game.
“When I got there, I found that they had great, hard-working kids,” Marshall said. “And that’s what I had the whole five years.”
He has two children, ages 12 and 10, and hopes to be more involved in their activities. Marshall, who previously served an 11-year tenure as coach at Union City, said he is not ruling out an eventual return to high school coaching, but that would not be an immediate move. He plans to remain a history teacher at Blackford.
Uggen said he plans to wait until the school’s teaching roster for next year becomes more clear before setting a formal timetable to name Marshall’s successor. Uggen wants to be aware of any possible teaching openings the new coach could fill. He hopes to have a new coach in place in time for that person to lead the Bruins’ summer program.
Uggen is in his first year as athletic director at Blackford, so he only worked with Marshall for a small portion of the coach’s tenure.
“He’s well respected, I think, by his players and a lot of the students at Blackford High School in general because of the way he carries himself,” Uggen said. “I thought he represented everything I want our coaches to represent at Blackford. He’s a leader, he’s a role model.”