Sherando names Marsh new girls’ basketball coach

Posted: June 27, 2013

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando named Mike Marsh its new girls’ basketball coach on Wednesday.

Marsh, an assistant varsity coach and head junior varsity girls’ basketball for the past three seasons, replaces Kevin Reed, who guided the Warriors for the past three seasons but his contract was not renewed by Sherando on June 13.

Marsh, an in-school assistance instructor at Sherando, was the head coach of Musselman High School’s girls’ varsity basketball team from 2004-2010. He also served as a varsity assistant girls’ basketball coach, head coach of the freshman team, assistant football coach, assistant baseball and assistant track coach during his time at Musselman, located in Inwood, W.Va.

Last season, Reed guided Sherando to a 15-11 record, a share of the Northwestern District regular season title and defeated Millbrook in the district tournament championship game — winning the Warriors’ first district tournament title in 16 years.

In his three seasons with the Warriors, Reed went 51-25 overall with all three teams reaching the regional semifinals.

Marsh said his coaching experience with the program should help heading into the new school year.

“The girls will know who I am and some have played other sports for me,” said Marsh, who has coached the throwers on the Warriors’ track and field team for the past two seasons. “There’s a familiarity which will be good, and I think that will help out with the transition.”

Although no Sherando officials could be reached for comment, Marsh’s tenure an assistant was cited in Wednesday’s press release as key benefit for the team moving forward.

“Coach Marsh has a great deal of experience as a coach and is very familiar with the girls involved in our basketball program,” said Sherando High School principal John Nelson in a press release issued by Frederick County Public Schools. “He plans to build upon the success the program has enjoyed the last few years and work to help each player develop as both an athlete and as a student.”

Marsh, a 52-year-old native of Westernport, Md., said he likes his teams to push the pace on the court and that will likely be his philosophy with the Warriors.

“It will be an up-tempo type of play and similar to what they’re used to,” said Marsh, who coached at Musselman for 10 years after spending his first eight years at Keyser High School, in Keyser, W.Va. “We’ll have a lot of transition basketball and pressure defenses. There will be a lot of similarities but enough differences to make it unique.”

Marsh said he hopes to have part of his coaching staff in place by the time he meets with his team (that featured one junior, six sophomores and three freshmen on the 10-player varsity roster last season) during the week of July 8, following the dead period that’s mandated by the Virginia High School League.

“It’s a difficult situation with a new coach coming in and it will take some time for them to get used to the scheme,” said Marsh, who was a candidate for the varsity job three years ago when Reed was named coach and re-applied for the position when it became open two weeks ago. “If the entire team is back we expect the team to be pretty successful. There will be a learning curve but once we get through that we should be OK. We have a lot of young kids who are very talented.

“I’d like to think the girls will look at it as a new challenge and buy into what we’re going to do and just run with it.”

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