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Jim Marsh, Former Wrestling and Football Coach, Passes Away

Jim Marsh, pictured right, coaches during a wrestling match in Hermann Court.
Jim Marsh, pictured right, coaches during a wrestling match in Hermann Court.

WILMINGTON, Ohio – Jim Marsh, one of Wilmington College's longtime coaches, passed away on Saturday.

Marsh was hired at Wilmington in 1994 as an assistant football coach. He went serve in that capacity, alongside being head wrestling coach and intramural director, until 2012. Marsh has been the director of athletics at East Clinton High School since then.

The Fightin' Quakers achieved a number of things during Marsh's tenure. Most notably, Jimmy Wallace's career accomplishments. Marsh recruited Wallace from Valley View High School, and the rest is history. Wallace was a four-time NCAA Division III All-American from 1999-2002, carried a 129-9 overall record and won the 152-pound national championship as a senior.

Marsh, who was originally hired by former WC Head Football Coach Mike Wallace as an assistant coach, helped guide WC through several conference affiliation changes – from an independent institution to the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) and from the HCAC to the Ohio Athletic Conference. He worked mainly on the offensive side of the ball and played a role in WC's 9-1 team during the 1999 season, the last in the HCAC, and the 7-3 OAC campaign in 2000, still the program's best in its current league.

Two players on those teams, Bob Hess (Class of 2001) and Jake Pence (Class of 2002), were offensive linemen Marsh coached. Both came back to campus as members of the 2019 Athletics Hall of Fame class. Of course, Marsh attended and introduced Pence at the ceremony.