Moreover, he turned out to be a former assistant coach under former Coach Bunky Harkleroad, who recently took a similar position at California State University.
With much flare, College President Peter Barr introduced Mr. Charles Marshall as the new coach, saying, "He wanted to come back to Glenville, and we all remember going to the NCAA Elite 8 several years ago; he wants to take us there again."
Taking the podium, Coach Marshall affirmed, "It's really great to be back at Glenville State College, for I really had some happy times here."
When asked about his style of play by this senior editor, and if Lady Pioneers basketball will be as fast-paced and as exciting as it has been the past few years, he responded, "I'm glad you asked that question, so let me assure you that Coach Harkleroad and I worked together for many years and we are like-minded as to what is best for a basketball team. You'll see us scoring a lot on offense and being 'in their face' on defense."
Several of the current players were recruited by then Asst. Coach Marshall when he previously coached here. When asked of his interim work, he said that he just wanted to go home and to help the kids succeed in his native Georgia.
In GSC Athletic Director Janet Bailey's remarks, she stressed that basketball is only a sport, but at the college, it is much more. "It is a gathering of the college staff and faculty and local community members that unite behind a group of athletes to represent the values, in which we believe,' she stated, adding, "Those values being character, tough work ethic, team building and the spirit of competition."
In sizing up the new coach's worth, she affirmed in questions: "Has he won a championship? Does he have final four appearances? Have any of his athletes played at the next level" And, can he survive in the 'Ville? My answer is YES on all counts."
The Athletic Director recounted that in his college years, Coach Marshall was an All-American Honorable Mention, has received the C. H. Wyatt Leadership Award from Berea (KY) College in 2004 and was inducted into the Berea College Hall of Fame in 2013.
In concluding her remarks, AD Bailey said, "Coach Marshall, your challenge from us is to give our girls every opportunity for success on the court and in the classroom and in life. We know that you can handle this challenge and we support you every step of the journey."
Then, looking at the public, she added, "Our first Lady Pioneers basketball game is at 7 p.m. on November 8."
In conclusion, Coach Charles Marshall seems to be not only an exacting, demanding and experienced coach, but also one who is kind, understanding and humble. Lady Pioneer basketball should therefore flourish under his expert leadership.
Welcome back to GSC and Glenville, Coach Marshall! And, finally, best of luck in your new challenge!