Coaching search profile: Gregg Marshall

  • 03/21/2017 4:18 pm in

After nine seasons in Bloomington, Tom Crean is out as Indiana’s head coach and the search for his replacement is underway.

Inside the Hall will profile some of the candidates who are being discussed for the job over the coming days. Our eighth profile takes a closer look at Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall.

Marshall’s timeline begins in the south. Born in South Carolina in 1963, Marshall moved to Virginia to attend college at Randolph-Macon, where he was a guard from 1981-85.

Marshall spent the next two years earning his master’s degree in sport management at the University of Richmond, while at the same time holding an assistant coaching position at Randolph-Macon (the two schools are about a 25-minute commute apart).

Over the following decade, Marshall spent time as an assistant coach at three more colleges, with his last stop coming at Marshall from 1996-98.

Winthrop provided Marshall with his first big break in 1998, giving him the chance to coach back in his home state.

Inheriting a team that had never made the NCAA Tournament and hadn’t finished a season with a winning record since 1989-90, Marshall quickly turned the program around.

In nine years at Winthrop, Marshall became the winningest coach in program history (194-83 record overall, 104-24 in conference). He brought the Eagles to seven NCAA Tournaments (all a result of Big South Tournament titles) and earned Big South coach of the year honors four times.

The 2006-07 season, Marshall’s final campaign at Winthrop, was the most successful in the history of the program. The Eagles went undefeated in the Big South (14-0 regular season, 3-0 postseason), before shocking No. 6 seed Notre Dame in the NCAA tournament. It was the first win by a member of the Big South in the NCAA Tournament, and provided Marshall a platform to showcase his coaching abilities.

From there, Marshall accepted the head coaching position at Wichita State prior to the 2007-08 season, replacing Mark Turgeon, who had moved onto Texas A&M.

Ten years since taking the job in Wichita, Marshall is now a household name in college basketball. The Shockers have made the NCAA Tournament each of the past six seasons, including a Final Four appearance in 2013.

In 2013-14, Marshall earned AP Coach of the Year honors as Shockers finished the regular season undefeated and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament before being upset by No. 8 Kentucky in the round of 32.

In 2014-15, the Shockers earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament and defeated No. 10 Indiana in the opening round, 81-76. After the game, Marshall said he considered Indiana a ‘blue-blood’ program. Troy Williams compared the Shockers’ physicality with Michigan State.

Marshall’s teams have been balanced on both ends of the floor – in two of the last three years, the Shockers have finished in the Top 20 in the country in both offensive and defensive efficiency (per KenPom).

Even with the enormous success he’s experienced, Marshall has often complained about a lack of respect for mid-major schools. Power Five teams don’t want to schedule the Shockers in non-conference play, which he believes results in the selection committee punishing his team for poor strength of schedule.

Final Analysis: Perhaps the most successful coach still at a mid-major program, Marshall has been rumored to make the jump to a power conference for years.

But he’s built a strong foundation at Wichita State and has yet to show a desire to leave, despite the disadvantages of being at a mid-major program.

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  • LawguyNA

    Mrs. Marshall seemed like a lovely woman this past weekend. NOT.

  • Donnie Vick

    This is the guy.

  • Hoosier Hall

    This is who I’d show the money to. He’s been my pick all along.

  • AssemblyBall

    This who I had wanted too. I think he’s a great in-game coach, I love the chip on his shoulder, love how his teams play. But it’s become clear that there is a reason he hasn’t left and a large part is his personality. Very difficult to work with, player treatment, crazy wife, arrogance. It’s all fine at Wichita, harder on a bigger stage. Texas didn’t consider him. That should be telling.

    He also has a top 10 team coming next year. I think he would take it if it was offered, but I have heard/read from a few people that he is not a candidate.

  • inLinE6

    You meant cute?

  • N71

    There’s a video of her and she is jacked, really excited and into the game, perhaps too much but I’m probably guilty myself (think Jay Edwards shot, Nick Anderson’s shot, etc.). At least she wasn’t crying like some soft Northwestern fan. Back to her, if she was drunk that’s one thing, but it doesn’t look like it. She’s just competitive and seemed to hate Kentucky…oddly we make like her.

  • Arch Puddington

    His record is the best of anyone under consideration, and in the games I’ve seem them play, they looked great. Not flashy, but super-competent and aggressive. The multi-million dollar question is recruiting. The coaching chops are not in doubt, but could he build the kind of relationships with Indiana coaches and players to capitalize on the talent that this state produces? Could he update his program to attract enough high-4 and 5 star players to compete for a national championship? If those doing the looking think the answer is yes, this is the guy. If not — if he’s too stiff or overbearing, as some believe — then perhaps Archie Miller or Chris Holtmann.

  • Arch Puddington

    The personal stuff keeps coming up. Based on what I can know as a fan at a great distance, he seems like a no-brainer. But if he is that much of a jerk, then perhaps not. It would be ironic that the former school of Bob Knight would not hire a great coach because he was too hard to deal with.

  • AssemblyBall

    My initial thoughts as well. Dude can win, and would be one of the best coaches in the B10. But it’s been made pretty clear to me for a few years now that he is extremely difficult to work with. So he’ll just keep winning and getting paid millions at Wichita. They’re moving up conferences too, and he has his whole starting line up coming back. Timing may be wrong for him, but doesn’t sound like he’s a consideration anyway.

  • Sandra Wilson

    No one cares about coaches’ wives or First Ladies…..or at least they shouldn’t. I’m not sure where he is on the list of possibles, but it sure would be enjoyable to watch some defense for a change. Not sure about his offense though. I’d really like to see some cross screens, back screens, or any screen other than a pick and roll, once in a while. His personality could be a problem. Sounds like a Charlie Weis that can actually coach. With Marshall, I think you need to rely on sources that know him and are truthful (if there are any). Arrogant personality equals poor recruiting.

  • iugradmark

    Just wondering but as I drift between boards and twitter, I keep reading that he is not being considered. What is the source of this?

  • IdahoHoosier

    He looks a bit like Tom Crean. Easy transition for us all.

  • iugradmark

    I think the only reason he would come to IU would be for a chance to measure himself against other great programs and try and win the NCAA championship. He makes plenty of money now and his lifestyle is likely pretty sweet. He is a big fish in a small pond and has Koch Brother money to pay him, his assistants, and provide for facilities that are very competitive. He will never get full recognition at WS. Watch what happens to his team every year when they get seeded. Great record but plays in a lesser conference is going to be the knock. Is he happy doing what he is doing or does he have a fire burning inside that he wants to prove himself against the best. He is not getting any younger and opportunities like IU don’t come around that often.

  • AssemblyBall

    I’ve heard it from some people I’m friends with in athletic departments. I’ve heard/read it recently from a few sources…SI, Yahoo, I don’t have the articles. They’re just mentioned in there.

    Texas went after Smart, didn’t consider Marshall, that one is pretty easy to find. Someone said he makes a habit of making the Athletic Director into his employee, i.e. Marshall runs the show and what he says goes. You can tell in interviews that he could rub people the wrong way. But the dude can coach.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    Hire this guy and we’ll win, a lot. Oh yea, and some will find him abrasive.

  • mharv2631

    nice resume

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    We’ve had an abrasive coach before and did well for the most part….

  • Kyl470

    I think he will end up being like Mark Few at Gonzaga. Just be chill and dominate your mid major conference. Continue to rack up wins and possibly one day eclipse the 1,000 win total all because you play in a poor conference.

  • If we’re too cheap to offer to triple Brad Stevens’ current salary or make a legitimate offer to Donovan or Few, then Marshall is the only realistic candidate I’d support. Some personality issues though. Bob Knight 2.0

  • IUAZ75

    In a sick way it would be neat to see his wife going ape s### on the road at Mackey. Good coach but baggage fees may be too high for Glass’s liking.

  • Mark Bando

    Current updated list: 1. Stevens (i’m not giving up yet) 2. Donovan 3. Marshall or Miller (tie). 5. Collins

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    BK Light?

  • Fla Hoosier

    For me behind only Donovan and even with Mack and Holtmann How does anyone know he wasn’t considered at Texas.?Maybe they asked and he said no. Those conversations I’m sure happen often and no one knows. What are the specific examples of him being a Jerk or is that just the narrative that has taken hold? He would be a great choice!

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    The abrasiveness is likely the only similarity.

  • Ole Man

    You nailed it on the personality problems.

  • Ole Man

    Because of his personality, the man cannot recruit. No relationships with AAU and HS coaches. Has done well as a big fish in a small pond. Doesn’t belong on a bigger stage such as IU.

  • John D Murphy

    Until the last couple of years Jim Boeheim has recruited well (and he is now 72) and Marshall can’t be a bigger a-hole than Boeheim. Right? JB attacks kids in front of the media and criticizes their decisions to turn pro. He had three future NBA players on one team at WS. If he can get 3 on a team at WS, then he can get 6 on a team at IU. He’s on my B list. I think he would be very successful at IU and I would support the hire.

  • aHoopandaPrayer

    In an interview w/ Andy Katz the other day, he claimed to have commitments from Humphries and Mulder before Cal convinced them to go to pUKe.

  • Kendall Polston

    Ur high

  • pcantidote

    It seems we’ve got a lot of different paths from IU guy, to mid major stud, to NBA, and so on. Curious who you’d pick from the following:

    Coach A: 6 years at mid major, .553 winning percentage
    Coach B: 15 years at power 5, .800 winning percentage, no other prior HC experience, alumnus
    Coach C: no head coaching experience
    Coach D: 3 years at power 5, .765 winning percentage, prior mid major HC experience
    Coach E: 17 years at mid majors, .750 winning percentage
    Coach F: 10 years at mid majors, .700 winning percentage, 8 years at power 5, .589 win percentage
    Coach G: NBA coach, 8 years at power 5, .790 winning percentage, mid major experience,

  • HoosierDom

    Is that the right picture? If you squint, just a little bit, he looks just like Crean.

  • Missing Moye

    I only clicked on this story to read pcantidote’s photo caption – consider me disappointed.

  • Banner6

    If Glass and IU fans are is seeking consistency, it’s not with this guy! In the last 4 seasons, Marshall has only beaten THREE teams ranked in the Top 20. Northern Iowa #10 (2015), Kansas #10 (2015) and Arizona #17 (2016). In the last 2 seasons, Crean’s coached teams beat SIX teams ranked in the top 16 with THREE of those in the top 5. I don’t get the hype on this guy. He plays in a soft MVC and lost this year to EVERY ranked team he faced. He’s made ONE Final Four appearance in 2013. Granted, he’s made it to the tourney every year BUT all he has to do is win the MVC. He’s overrated and overpaid. And he looks like a greasy haired Purdue guy with a wife that NUTSO! We don’t want the Marshalls…leave them out in Wichita with Cousin Eddie!

  • Even for this former _huge_ RMK fan (I went to IU because of the guy, for god’s sake), at some point even winning cleanly and graduating players can’t make up for someone who represents the program poorly in other respects. And I don’t think for a second that Marshall is anywhere near as great as RMK was as a coach.

  • AssemblyBall

    B or G. Which coaches are they?

  • AssemblyBall

    Google Texas and Marshall and you will see they only targeted Shaka.

    Marshall claims that’s the narrative that takes hold because he’s confident/cocky so people just don’t like him and don’t want to give him an opportunity. Others say he’s prickly/arrogant/domineering etc, old school, more Knight-like and therefore more difficult to have as a head coach in modern basketball.

  • pcantidote

    Man I got no love or participation on those. I’ll try again above…

  • pcantidote

    Photo caption contest. Enter yours below:

  • pcantidote

    “Honey! How many times have I said no hard alcohol on game day!!!”

  • RMK Assembly Hall

    Can he recruit?? That’s the million dollar question with this guy. Or 5 million dollar question.

  • “Holy crap, I almost clapped! Can’t do that around here…”

  • Ole Man

    List his 4 and 5 star recruits. He developed those NBA players. That is true. None, as I recall, were super recruits out of HS.

  • Ole Man

    That’s him. He talks as if the world revolves around him.
    Nope, nada, don’t want him.

  • Josh Noe

    Alford and Donovan

  • pcantidote

    If we picked him, would it be a Shocker?

  • ArghSonOfOhCrap

    Ole Man I’m getting that feeling as well

  • AJ_IU_ColtsFan

    I get the irony because it is funny to think of the school that tolerated Knight would balk at Marshall. But at the same time, a sober take about IU and him would be once bitten, twice shy.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    I like your unabashed optimism.
    I have pretty much the same list!

  • IU Hoosiers # 34, 1979-83

    Now, I am confused and exhausted by all of this. Before, I was just exhausted.

  • MarkHoltzHoosier

    How many losses to those around #200?