Volume 90, Issue 65

Tuesday, January 21, 1997

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SPORTS
 

McMaster's new Marshall


Greg Marshall


By James Pugsley
Gazette Staff

McMaster University's football program has made a move which, from a Western perspective, is best described as offensive.

Former Mustangs' offensive co-ordinator Greg Marshall was announced as the new head coach of the Marauders on Friday, ending a 12-year stay with a staff that led Western to five Vanier Cup appearances and two national championships.

"It's something I've wanted for a while," the 37-year old Guelph native said. "I didn't see it happening at Western in the near future and I thought the Mac job was a good opportunity."

Along with head coach Larry Haylor, Marshall orchestrated the best offence in the OUAA this season, scoring a divisional best 255 points – 70 more than the next best offence of Guelph. According to Haylor, McMaster has made an excellent acquisition.

"It's an opportunity he has waited for for a long time," Haylor said. "He's a very strong student of the game and he is passionate about football. I think it's great for Greg and he'll help them, so it's beneficial all around."

Haylor, who coached Marshall from 1978-81, believes the new Marauders coach will bring a uniquely-Western style of football to the McMaster program.

"Greg is a product of [Western]," Haylor said. "His understanding and perspective came from here as a player and then a coach. I think we're going to see a Western offence or identity in the way he handles his team."

In exchange for the best offence in the league, Marshall inherits the OUAA's most troubled team – a young group of Marauders in desperate need of an offensive overhaul. McMaster went 0-8 during the 1996 campaign, scoring a meager 35 points while surrendering a horrendous 218.

Marshall will begin working with McMaster on a part-time basis this spring as he finishes his teaching commitment at St. Thomas Aquinas high school in London. His first plans for the team are focused on the future.

"Recruiting will be the most important step," Marshall said. "We've got to get some players there to improve the program over the next two to three years."

"Greg will make an immediate impact on our program," said Therese Quigley, director of athletics and recreation at McMaster. "He is a very generous and giving person and he will bring more than his technical knowledge to this community."

The likely replacement for Marshall at Western is unknown but, Haylor says, the Mustangs have begun to explore their options.

Along with his impressive coaching credentials, Marshall was a prolific fullback with the Mustangs in the 1970s. He was twice named all-Canadian and was a Hec Creighton trophy winner as the league's most outstanding player in 1980.






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