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By David Martin
Editor 

Longtime GRHS wrestling coach resigns

 

March 29, 2017



After five years as head coach and 18 years with the program, Marshall Rhodes has decided to step away and focus on other pursuits.

Rhodes announced his resignation as head coach Thursday, but will continue his position at Green River High School as a math teacher.

“I know there is never an easy time to resign, but I am at the point where I need to let someone else take the program, enjoy some other things in my life, and work towards other goals I have,” Rhodes said in an emailed statement.

Rhodes said coaching the right way is a rewarding experience as coaching helps kids accomplish goals they thought they wouldn’t be able to achieve. Rhodes also appreciate the coaches he’s been able to work with, believing they were able to guide their athletes the right way and make Green River’s residents proud. While he admits there have been both ups and downs during the past 18 years, he said he wouldn’t trade them for anything.

“I have learned so many things about the sport and what it teaches kids,” Rhodes said. “I am grateful for the opportunity I received to get my foot in the door years ago, thankful for the relationships that developed, and I am in debt to all the people who have helped and supported me along the way.”

The district’s athletics director, Tony Beardsley, and assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School, Darren Heslep, both said Rhodes made a significant impact on the team, community and the hundreds of students who went through the wrestling program.

“Not only is coach Rhodes a true professional, he is one of the most compassionate people I’ve been associated with. Marshall genuinely cares for his athletes and his pursuit of excellence in the sport of wrestling has guided him to the success that his teams have garnered,” Beardsley said.

“He has coached at all levels from youth wrestling to high school. Marshall may be the most dedicated coach I’ve ever known,” Heslep concluded.

Accomplishments

Three West Regional Championships

Two 4A State Championships

Two second-place finishes at 4A State Championships

Three-time 4A West Regional Coach of the Year

Two-time 4A State Coach of the Year

 

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