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GoZags
10-29-2009, 06:05 AM
Practice yesterday afternoon was interupted for about 25-30 minutes yesterday, when a small group of special visitors arrived at the MAC. Friends of Hoops coach Jim Marsh (he's also President of Washington State Mentors), Lt. Governor Brad Owen (Co-Chair of Washington State Mentors) and a couple of others stopped in before heading to Crosby Alumni House for a scheduled event honoring (and presenting a check to) the Gonzaga University CCASL mentoring program.

Marsh's Friends of Hoops AAU program has been a source of a large number of D1 players, and also a handful into the NBA. Twice in the past 5 years Jim has been in "the Green Room" and seen two of his kids taken with NBA Lottery Picks (Martell Webster and Spencer Hawes).

It was quite a sight to see the entire staff's reaction (and several of the players) as Jim entered the gym. Jim could be the most respected man in coaching in our State. A couple of his kids (Stohl and Sikma) are on the highly regarded Portland Pilots roster. Coach Few spent about 20 minutes talking to Jim (and the Lt. Governor) as practice continued without him.

Jim Marsh's Inspirational story (http://www.seattlepi.com/cbasketball/396734_where20.html)

tightface
10-29-2009, 09:00 AM
I was lucky to have Jim as a coach back in my playing days. He has an excellent approach working with the kids and doesn't take himself to seriously, often referring to himself as the worst player to make it to the NBA.

Steve Kelley wrote a column about him in the Times at one point, and did a follow-up after Jim was diagnosed with Parkinson's.

http://community.seattletimes.nwsource.com/archive/?date=20040820&slug=kell20

LargeWilliam
10-30-2009, 01:55 AM
They just don't come any better than Jim Marsh.

GoZags
10-31-2009, 01:42 AM
They just don't come any better than Jim Marsh.

I absolutely agree with these sentiments, and with those expressed by tightface.