By Jeff Nations
Mike Marsh is ready to start another chapter in what has been an impressive and varied high school coaching career.
On Wednesday, Marsh was announced as Sherando High School's new varsity girls basketball coach after serving as assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity coach for the last three years.
Prior to that, Marsh had built a solid program at nearby Musselman High School in Inwood, W.Va. His seven-year stint leading the Applemen ended in 2010, when Marsh elected to retire.
"I actually got 25 years teaching done in West Virginia," Marsh said. "The kids were grown and it just timed out right to move to Virginia and start working on a second retirement."
Marsh isn't planning on that happening soon, though. He's eager to continue building a strong program at Sherando, where he helped former coach Kevin Reed make the Warriors a force in the Northwestern District.
"Coach Marsh has a great deal of experience as a coach and is very familiar with the girls involved in our basketball program," Sherando principal John Nelson stated in a news release. "He plans to build upon the success the program has enjoyed the last few years and work to help each player develop as both an athlete and as a student."
In addition to coaching girls basketball, Marsh has been an assistant coach with the varsity football team, the varsity softball team and the track team. He also served as head coach for Sherando's junior varsity softball team.
Marsh has previously coached at Keyser High School and Potomac State College in Keyser, W.Va., and at Bruce High School in Westernport, Md.
This latest challenge is one he's looking forward to taking on at Sherando.
"I'm pretty excited about it," Marsh said. "The last three years have been very successful. My plan is to continue that success."
Marsh has worked with all of Sherando's current and upcoming varsity players, either through his role as junior varsity head coach or as an assistant on the varsity staff. That familiarity should help the transition. Reed, whose contract was not renewed by the school, led Sherando to a 51-25 mark and three appearances in the Region II semifinals.
Changes won't be widespread, Marsh said, but he will institute his own brand of coaching by stressing an up-tempo offense.
"There will be some similarities to what they've done, and there will be some differences to what they're used to," Marsh said. "It will take a little time, but I know it's a great group of girls."
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