2017-02-09 / Sports

Marshall Will Be St. Ignace Head Football Coach

By Erich T. Doerr


Chris Marshall Chris Marshall Chris Marshall has been hired by the St. Ignace school district to take over as the Saints head football coach. He will replace the retiring Marty Spencer and move up into the command position after years as an assistant coach.

“I’ve had the pleasure of coaching some great players who became great young men over the years,” Mr. Marshall said Monday, February 6. “I look forward to continuing that and our tradition for tough, hard-nosed St. Ignace football.”

Mr. Marshall, known to many in town as “Iffer,” works at the Chippewa Correctional Facility in Kincheloe and has been involved with St. Ignace football as a scout and a coach with the middle school, junior varsity, and varsity teams for the last 25 years. His 26th season will see him move into the head coach position role. Mr. Marshall said he is eager to take the job, although he knows he has big shoes to fill after the team’s prior successes with Mr. Spencer, Barry Pierson, and Charlie Otlewski. He hopes to build on the past seasons.

“Part of being a decent coach is taking a little bit from all those guys I’ve learned from over the years,” Mr. Marshall said. “I don’t think we’ll have any huge, wholesale changes.”

Mr. Marshall has a held a passion for the St. Ignace football program as long as he can remember. He is looking forward to working with the Saints players on a dayto day basis, noting he will try to teach the life lessons needed to make them both better players and better people.

The Saints will have a young team next season, as the majority of this year’s 21 players will be graduating, so Mr. Marshall expects he will have to focus on teaching his squad the fundamentals, discipline, and running their plays well. A large class of incoming freshmen will help the team keep its numbers up for the time being, but Mr. Marshall will have to work to keep his players interested in the coming years with smaller classes ahead.

The sideline lineup for the Saints is still in flux for next year. Assistant coaches Mike Shepard and Chuck McCall are staying on to work with Mr. Marshall, but the team is still sorting out what it will do for the other open positions, such as the ones opened up by Mr. Marshall’s promotion and the retirement of assistant coach Les Therrian.

His experiences in football have already allowed him to coach all three of his sons, including current senior Drew, and older brother Landon. His youngest son, Reid, will be a sophomore next season and is already a member of the team.

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