Gregg Marshall, whose teams have gone to the NCAA tournament nine of the last 15 seasons, including the Final Four in a record-breaking 2012-13 season, was named the 25th head men’s basketball coach at Wichita State on April 14, 2007.[saf feature=”itunes” cta=”Subscribe & Listen in iTunes”]
In 2012-13, a Final Four appearance by the Shockers topped a six-year reconstruction at Wichita State under Marshall. En route, WSU defeated Pittsburgh, Gonzaga, La Salle, and Ohio State before losing to eventual National Champion Louisville in the National Semifinal game in Atlanta. The voters in the USA Today Coaches poll rewarded the Shockers with a final No. 4 ranking, their highest final ranking ever.
Marshall has also coached WSU to the richest four-year stretch in school history as the Shockers have won a record 111 games. Marshall earned the Valley’s Coach-of-the-Year award in 2012 and 2013, while his teams earned the Valley’s Defensive Team of the Year in 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The back-to-back NCAA appearances in 2012 and 2013 were the first for the school since 1987 and 1988, the first in 24 years, while WSU’s 2012 Missouri Valley Conference championship was the first since 2006.
Entering the 2012-13 season, the Shockers had the best two-season record in WSU history after taking WSU back to the NCAA postseason for the first time since 2006, while they also won the 2011 NIT Postseason Tournament with a 5-0 record that included a finals trip to Madison Square Garden where WSU defeated Washington State and Alabama.
The reconstruction brought WSU from 11 wins in Marshall’s first season to a school-record 30 wins in 2013 that ended with the Final Four trip, the second for the Shockers, but the first in 48 years.
Marshall also coached the Shockers to the 2012 NCAA Tournament in Portland, Ore., where WSU lost to VCU in the Second/Third Round game.
Marshall’s 2009-10 team played in the postseason NIT, received votes in the AP poll and advanced to the MVC Tournament title game, while the 2009-10 team played in the CBI.
Marshall, who reached 300 career wins in 2012, came to WSU after completing his ninth year at the Winthrop helm, as he led the Eagles to their finest year with a third-straight Big South Conference championship, a seventh NCAA appearance and the school’s first win in the NCAA tournament.
The Eagles were ranked No. 22 in the AP and USA Today Top 25 polls. Marshall was named the Collegehoops.net 2007 Mid-Major Coach of the Year for his efforts, and also received the Collegeinsider.com Hugh Durham National Coach of the Year Award.
In 2006-07, Winthrop finished 29-5 and was the first team in Big South history to go undefeated during the regular season as the Eagles went 14-0 in loop play, and swept the Big South Tournament in three games. With the 29 victories, Marshall became the all-time winningest coach in Big South history, surpassing former Radford head coach Ron Bradley who compiled 192 wins in 11 years. In addition to the two National Mid-Major Coach of the Year awards, Marshall was voted the 2007 Big South Conference Coach of the Year, marking the fourth time he has received the award (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007).
Under Marshall’s leadership, Winthrop had six 20-win seasons and averaged more than 20 victories per year. He led the Eagles to seven NCAA tournament appearances during his nine seasons, including four consecutive trips during his first four years at the helm. His 2006-07 team established new Big South Conference and school records for victories with the 29-5 record. The 2005-06 team compiled a 23-7 record and came within a basket of capturing its first victory in the NCAA tournament.
During the 2005-06 season, Marshall became the winningest coach in Winthrop men’s basketball history, passing Nield Gordon’s mark of 161. In 1999, his first year as Winthrop head coach after being named to the position in April, 1998, he led the Eagles to a 21-8 record, their first-ever Big South Conference regular-season championship, the conference tournament title and the school’s first trip to the NCAA tournament. Winthrop’s improvement of 14 victories over the 1997-98 season was one of the biggest turnarounds for NCAA Division I programs.
Winthrop received a No. 14 seed, the highest ever by a Big South Conference member, as the Eagles faced Oklahoma in the West Region at Tucson, Ariz. Sports Illustrated’s NCAA preview picked the Eagles to defeat the Sooners, but that didn’t come to fruition. Winthrop finished the year with a 21-9 record to give Marshall a 42-17 head coaching mark after two years. He led the Eagles to another Big South Tournament title in 2000 and a second trip to the Big Dance, and then made it a three-peat in 2001 as his coaching skills were put to the test. WU was hit hard by the injury bug, but still managed to compile an 18-13 record and make its third-straight Big South title and trip to the Big Dance.
His 2001-02 team also overcame a series of injuries to win a fourth-straight conference title and earn the right to face top-ranked Duke in the NCAA tournament and finished 19-12. The following year, Marshall again reached the 20-win plateau, but missed the NCAA Tournament with a 20-10 record, 11-3 in the BSC, after dropping an 81-80 overtime semifinal game to UNC-Asheville in the Big South Tournament.
Winthrop went 16-12 in 2003-04 before returning to the NCAA Tournament in 2004-05 with a 27-6 record, after defeating Charleston Southern to win the BSC Tournament.
During the two years leading up to his arrival at Winthrop, Marshall served as an assistant coach at Marshall University where he helped guide the Thundering Herd to the 1997 Southern Conference championship.
Prior to that, he was an assistant on John Kresse’s staff at the College of Charleston for eight years from 1988-1996 when the Cougars made the most successful transition ever from NAIA to NCAA Division I. During Marshall’s years at the College of Charleston, the Cougars received an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament in 1994, and consecutive NIT invitations in 1995 and 1996.
While at Marshall, he recruited 1998 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Travis Young, along with MAC All-Freshman team member Joda Burgess. The 1997 recruiting class at Marshall was ranked by ESPN as the best in the MAC and among the Top 40 in the nation.
While at the College of Charleston, Marshall was instrumental in the recruitment of NBA-caliber student-athletes from the state of South Carolina that include Anthony Johnson, a current member of the Atlanta Hawks, Marion Busby and Thaddeous Delaney. All three players were voted Trans-America Athletic Conference Players of the Year.
Prior to joining Kresse’s staff in Charleston, Marshall spent one year as an assistant at Belmont Abbey College (1987-88), and two years as an assistant at his alma mater at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, (1985-1987).
In 13 years as an assistant coach, the schools that Marshall was associated with compiled a record of 268-129 for a success rate of 68 percent.
Marshall received a B.A. degree in economics/business in 1985 from Randolph-Macon and earned the Master’s degree in Sport Management from the University of Richmond in 1987.
He is married to the former Lynn Munday of Bellingham, Wash., who earned her master’s degree from the College of Charleston. They are the parents of a son, Kellen, and a daughter, Maggie.