Gregg Marshall

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Gregg Marshall
Marshall on the sideline before Wichita State's 2013 Final Four Appearance against Louisville
Biographical details
Born (1963-02-27) February 27, 1963 (age 61)
Greenwood, South Carolina, U.S.
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1987Randolph–Macon (assistant)
1987–1988Belmont Abbey (assistant)
1988–1996College of Charleston (assistant)
1996–1998Marshall (assistant)
2007–2020Wichita State
Head coaching record
Tournaments11–14 (NCAA Division I)
8–1 (NIT)
1–1 (CBI)
Accomplishments and honors
NCAA Regional —Final Four (2013)
NIT (2011)
7 Big South tournament (1999, 20002002, 20052007)
6 Big South regular season (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005–2007)
5 MVC regular season (2012, 2014–2017)
2 MVC tournament (2014, 2017)
Hugh Durham Award (2007)
Adolph Rupp Cup (2014)
AP Coach of the Year (2014)
Henry Iba Award (2014)
NABC Coach of the Year (2014)
Naismith National Coach of the Year (2014)
4× Big South Coach of the Year (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007)
MVC Coach of the Year (2012–2014)

Michael Gregg Marshall[1] (born February 27, 1963) is an American college basketball coach whose most recent position was head coach at Wichita State University. Marshall has coached his teams to appearances in the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament in 14 of 22 years as a head coach. He is the winningest head coach in Wichita State and Winthrop history with 331 and 194 wins, respectively. He resigned on November 17, 2020, after an internal investigation following allegations by multiple former players detailing physical and verbal abuse at the hands of Marshall. Marshall was paid a settlement of $7,750,000 by Wichita State for his resignation.

Early life and education[edit]

Marshall was born in Greenwood, South Carolina.[2] He went to Cave Spring High School in Roanoke, Virginia, where he graduated in 1981 and was a 6'2", 145-pound point guard on the Knights' basketball team. He graduated from Randolph–Macon College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and business in 1985.[2] At Randolph-Macon, he became a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He later received his master's degree in sport management from the University of Richmond in 1987.[2] He is married to Lynn Munday of Bellingham.[3]

Coaching career[edit]


Marshall spent two years (1985–1987) as an assistant at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia, and another year as an assistant at Belmont Abbey College during the 1987–88 season.[4] He then spent eight years under John Kresse at the College of Charleston from 1988 to 1996, where the program received an at-large 1994 NCAA bid, and NIT invitations in 1995 and 1996.[4] He became an assistant coach at Marshall University, serving from 1996 to 1998.[4]


Marshall became the head coach at Winthrop University in 1998, and led the Winthrop Eagles men's basketball team to seven NCAA tournament appearances and transformed a previously undistinguished program into a mid-major powerhouse. In his first season at Winthrop in 1998–99, he compiled a record of 19–8 (9–1 in Big South Conference play), coaching the Eagles to their first regular season Big South title. They went on to win the Big South Conference tournament, earning the Eagles their first-ever bid to the NCAA tournament. As a No. 16 seed, the team lost to the No. 1 seed Auburn Tigers in the first round, 80–41.[5]

During his nine seasons at Winthrop, Marshall coached the team to six regular season titles (1999, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007), seven Big South tournament titles (1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007), six 20-win seasons (1999, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007), and was named Big South Coach of the Year four times (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007). In 2006, he became the all-time most successful coach in Winthrop men's basketball history.[2] During the 2006–07 season, Marshall became the first coach in the history of the Big South Conference to have his team go undefeated in conference play.

The 2006 NCAA Tournament matched No. 15 seed Winthrop against the No. 2 seed Tennessee Volunteers, the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champion, in the first round. Winthrop led for much of the game, only to lose 63–61 on a long jump shot with 2.9 seconds remaining.[6] In 2007, Marshall became the first Big South coach to win an NCAA first round tournament game by defeating No. 6 seed Notre Dame.[7]

Marshall's success at the mid-major level created a lot of speculation that he could be a contender for the coaching position at North Carolina State University, which was vacated with the departure of Herb Sendek. Sidney Lowe, a former NC State player and former head coach of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, was eventually named the head coach of the Wolfpack. Marshall accepted an offer to coach the College of Charleston in June 2006[8] but changed his mind after the press conference introducing him as coach and returned to Winthrop.[9]

Wichita State[edit]

Marshall was named head coach at Wichita State University on April 14, 2007[10] In his fourth season at WSU, Marshall lead the Shockers to the NIT Championship, defeating Alabama in the finals.[11] Under Marshall, Wichita State broke into the AP Top 25 poll on February 13, 2012, the first time since December 25, 2006,[12] and only the second time since 1983.[13] In 2012, Wichita State made its first appearance in the NCAA tournament since the 2005–06 season, receiving an at-large bid.[14] The Shockers were matched as a No. 5 seed versus the No. 12 seed VCU Rams, but the Shockers lost 59–62.[14] In the 2012–13 season, Marshall led the Shockers to their first Final Four since 1965, defeating the AP #1, #7, and #20 teams in the country to win the West Regional.

In 2013–14, Marshall led Wichita State to arguably the greatest season in school history. The Shockers steamrolled through the regular season, becoming the second Division I team to start a regular season with 30 consecutive wins (31–0). They rose as high as second in both major polls in late February, the highest that a Shocker team has been ranked since 1981. On March 9, 2014, Wichita State finished their regular season and the Missouri Valley Conference tournament with a record of 34–0, heading into the NCAA Tournament undefeated. That record ties an NCAA Division I Men's basketball record, held by the UNLV, set in 1991. Wichita State later went on to win their first game of the 2014 NCAA tournament versus Cal Poly 64–37. The Shockers were 35–0, becoming the first team in men's Division I basketball history to start with 35 wins and zero losses. In the third round of the tournament they squared off against Kentucky. Wichita State lost the game 76–78, ending their perfect run. They finished the 2013–14 season at 35–1.

In October 2020, The Athletic reported that Marshall was under investigation by Wichita State for misconduct after 6 basketball players applied to transfer the previous season. [15]

On November 17, 2020, Marshall resigned from Wichita State. He will be paid a settlement of $7.75 million over six years.[16][17] Lead assistant Isaac Brown was named head coach.[18]

Abuse investigation and resignation[edit]

On November 17, 2020, Marshall resigned as coach of Wichita State after multiple allegations of verbal and physical abuse spanning years.[19]

Wichita State announced an internal investigation on October 9 after several abuse allegations from both staff and players went public in reports on October 8 by The Athletic and Stadium.[20][21][22] The allegations, some of which were corroborated by several players, included punching player Shaquille Morris during an October 2015 practice, as well as choking assistant Kyle Lindsted during the 2016–17 season.[23] Other allegations detailed in The Athletic include Marshall telling a Native American player to "get back on his horse" and making "Indian howling noises" during the 2018–19 season.[24][23]

In an October 13 statement to the Wichita Eagle, Marshall wrote, "In response to the allegations put forward in the media, I simply state unequivocally that I have never physically struck a player or colleague. Allegations claiming otherwise are false."[25]

Head coaching record[edit]

Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Winthrop Eagles (Big South Conference) (1998–2007)
1998–99 Winthrop 21–8 9–1 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
1999–00 Winthrop 21–9 11–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2000–01 Winthrop 18–13 11–3 2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2001–02 Winthrop 19–12 10–4 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2002–03 Winthrop 20–10 11–3 1st
2003–04 Winthrop 16–12 10–6 T–3rd
2004–05 Winthrop 27–6 15–1 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2005–06 Winthrop 23–8 13–3 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2006–07 Winthrop 29–5 14–0 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
Winthrop: 194–83 (.700) 104–24 (.813)
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference) (2007–2017)
2007–08 Wichita State 11–20 4–14 9th
2008–09 Wichita State 17–17 8–10 T–5th CBI Second Round
2009–10 Wichita State 25–10 12–6 2nd NIT First Round
2010–11 Wichita State 29–8 14–4 2nd NIT champion
2011–12 Wichita State 27–6 16–2 1st NCAA Division I Round of 64
2012–13 Wichita State 30–9 12–6 2nd NCAA Division I Final Four
2013–14 Wichita State 35–1 18–0 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2014–15 Wichita State 30–5 17–1 1st NCAA Division I Sweet 16
2015–16 Wichita State 26–9 16–2 1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
2016–17 Wichita State 31–5 17–1 T–1st NCAA Division I Round of 32
Wichita State Shockers (American Athletic Conference) (2017–2020)
2017–18 Wichita State 25–8 14–4 T–2nd NCAA Division I Round of 64
2018–19 Wichita State 22–15 10–8 6th NIT Semifinal
2019–20 Wichita State 23–8 11–7 4th N/A*
Wichita State: 331–121 (.732) 171–55 (.757)
Total: 525–204 (.720)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

*All postseason tournaments were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Campus Scenes." The Index-Journal. June 16, 1985.
  2. ^ a b c d, Men's Basketball, Coaches & Staff, Gregg Marshall Archived 2011-01-05 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  3. ^ "Gregg Marshall - Head Coach - Wichita State". Retrieved 2018-07-26.
  4. ^ a b c 2011–12 Wichita State University Shockers Men's Basketball fact Book, Wichita State University Athletic Department, Wichita, Kansas, pp. 1–3, 15, 21, 38–39 (2011). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  5. ^ Associated Press, "Top-Seeded Auburn Demolishes Winthrop, 80–41," The Washington Post (March 11, 1999). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  6. ^ "Lofton lofts up clutch jumper as Vols survive first-round scare," (March 16, 2006). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  7. ^ Associated Press, "Winthrop victory notches first tourney win for Big South," (March 16, 2007). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  8. ^ Associated Press, "Charleston hires Winthrop's Marshall as new coach," (June 28, 2006). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  9. ^ Associated Press, "Marshall returns to Winthrop, won't coach CofC," (June 29, 2006). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  10. ^ ESPN News Services, "Wichita St. hires Winthrop's Marshall," (April 14, 2007). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  11. ^ New York Times, "Wichita State Wins N.I.T. and Hopes Best Is Ahead," (April 1, 2011). Retrieved February 21, 2013.
  12. ^ Associated Press, "No. 24 Wichita St. 73, Missouri St. 58," (February 15, 2012). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  13. ^ Kyle Whelliston, "Shockers' Ogirri expressing himself as team soars," (November 22, 2006). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  14. ^ a b Associated Press, "Bradford Burgess' late 3-pointer lifts 12-seed VCU to upset of Wichita State," (March 15, 2012). Retrieved June 15, 2012.
  15. ^ O'neil, Dana; Moore, CJ (8 October 2020). "Gregg Marshall under investigation by Wichita State for allegations of misconduct". The Athletic.
  16. ^ Eldridge, Tatlor (17 November 2020). "Gregg Marshall resigns as Wichita State basketball coach amid investigation". The Wichita Eagle.
  17. ^ "Wichita State men's basketball coach Gregg Marshall resigns after abuse investigation". ESPN. November 17, 2020.
  18. ^ "Isaac Brown Named Interim Head Coach". Wichita State Shockers. November 17, 2020. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  19. ^ "Gregg Marshall resigns as head men's basketball coach at Wichita State University". Wichita State University. WSU Strategic Communications. 17 November 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  20. ^ "WSU confirms internal investigation, Gregg Marshall responds to allegations". KWCH News. October 8, 2020. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  21. ^ Parrish, Greg (October 9, 2020). "Wichita State's Gregg Marshall is latest coach to put his job in jeopardy for allegedly crossing line of abuse". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  22. ^ Boone, Kyle (October 20, 2020). "Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall, under investigation for allegedly abusing players, denies allegations". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  23. ^ a b Norlander, Matt; Cobb, David (November 17, 2020). "Gregg Marshall resigns as Wichita State coach amid allegations of physical, verbal abuse against ex-players". CBS Sports. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  24. ^ Moore, CJ; O'Neil, Dana (October 8, 2020). "Gregg Marshall under investigation by Wichita State for allegations of misconduct". The Athletic. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  25. ^ Eldridge, Taylor (October 13, 2020). "In new statement, Gregg Marshall vehemently denies ever striking a player or coach". The Wichita Eagle. Retrieved November 17, 2020.

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