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April 4, 2012 at 12:33 PM

Bill Marsh is new Archbishop Murphy football coach

Bill Marsh is the new head football coach at Archbishop Murphy High School.

Marsh, an assistant at Mercer Island the past two seasons, enjoyed a successful 10-year career as head coach at Eastside Catholic before resigning in March of 2009, citing a desire to pursue other professional goals and spend more time with his family.

He succeeds Dave Ward, who was told last month his coaching contract would not be renewed at Archbishop Murphy after four seasons that featured a 47-6 record and state runner-up finishes in 2011 and 2010.

I just spoke with the energetic Marsh, who said he is “ecstatic” about taking over the program, and I’ll have a story in Thursday’s paper. Here is the full press release school administrators sent out today:

Archbishop Murphy High School has hired Bill Marsh – five-time Metro League football coach of the year – to be its new football coach.

Marsh was the assistant football coach at Mercer Island High School. Before that, he was head football coach at Eastside Catholic School in Sammamish from 1999 to 2009 where he registered more wins as head coach than any other coach in the school’s history (66-27 overall record). In his final season at Eastside Catholic his team won the Metro League title and finished fifth in the state.

He also is the executive director of Beecher’s Flagship Foundation, an organization that helps children make smart and healthy eating decisions.

“Bill not only has an excellent coaching background, he understands Archbishop Murphy’s culture and values,” said Athletic Director Jerry Zander. “Our program is all about being competitive and virtuous. Bill will help us take the program in an exciting direction.”

In addition to coaching, education and administrative experience, Marsh has managed highly successful youth football camps and helped launch the Eastside Junior Football program. He also is sought out as a motivational speaker with clinics, schools and businesses.

“Archbishop Murphy is the perfect high school for me to return to head coaching,” Marsh said. “The leadership, vision and enthusiasm from the administration, along with a great winning tradition and community support base, is something I am eager and excited to be a part of and build upon both on and off the field.”

Marsh, 39, has a degree in secondary education from Washington State University. He is the fourth person to lead the Wildcats’ esteemed and hard-working football team.

“The decision to offer him the position was made after a thorough evaluation of the program, and included input and guidance from a diverse committee that oversaw the applicant pool and interview process, said AMHS president Matt Schambari.

Coach Marsh starts immediately.



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