The York Suburban School District board members approved two major athletic hires for the high school during Monday night's meeting.
First, the school board approved the hiring of Matt Marshall to take over as athletic director beginning June 13. He'll take over for current athletic director Chris Adams, who will focus solely on his role as assistant principal. For the past four years, Adams acted as assistant principal and AD.
"He's a very positive person and upbeat," Adams said of Marshall. "The experiences that he's bringing to York Suburban, being the director of fitness at Heritage Hills Athletic Club, he's been in a supervisory role for the past three or four years, he's had to help supervise and work with coaches, work with athletes ... So, he's somewhat been fulfilling the role as an athletic director, just in a different environment."
Despite being just 28, Marshall does have a history with Suburban athletics. Last season, he served as a volunteer assistant with the football team, and his father, Brian, is the offensive coordinator. Marshall graduated from Spring Grove in 2006, where he shined as the team's quarterback. By the time he graduated, he was York County's all-time passing leader with 4,894 yards. This past year, Trojans' senior quarterback Thomas Merkle broke Marshall's passing record, finishing with 5,506 yards.
Marshall first learned of the position opening a few weeks ago and sent in his application. He was offered the job last week.
"I think something that's nice is that I've been a part of the York Suburban community for a while," Marshall said. "Not quite as much as I will be moving forward, but having been a volunteer coach there and having worked with Mr. Adams in some different areas with the position I was in at Heritage Hills, I think they got to see me in a professional setting, as well as a coaching environment. So the familiarity and just really getting to see me in those environments and see my passion for athletics and for helping the student-athletes really maximize their full potential is what would be intriguing to (the board)."
Once he assumes his new duties at Suburban, Marshall will no longer work at Heritage Hills, outside of possibly still working with a few clients from time to time.
According to Monday's school board agenda, Marshall's position as athletic director comes with a yearly salary of $63,000.
Triggs back as head coach: The second big athletic announcement stemming from Monday night's school board meeting was the hiring of Tom Triggs as the next boys' basketball coach.
Previously, Triggs was the head coach for the Trojans from 1998-99 to 2011-12, when he was resigned and was replaced by Dustin Boeckel. Boeckel resigned back on March 21 after four years with Suburban.
"His track record speaks for itself," Adams said. "He knows how to make the program strong, make the boys become better young men and he knows how to teach the game of basketball. ... Since he stepped away, he's had an opportunity to rejuvenate a little bit, and when we had a chance to sit down and interviewed and talked about the position, there was certainly a passion to get back into coaching at York Suburban, not just coaching, but to be the next basketball coach again at York Suburban."
Serving as the Trojan boys' basketball coach for 13 years, Triggs compiled a record of 218-120, which included nine straight District 3 tournament appearances, state playoffs in four of his final six seasons and the program's only District 3-AAA title in 2009. According to Triggs, he resigned in 2012 after his son graduated from the high school and he felt the need to take time away from the game.
Triggs got back into coaching basketball a couple years ago as an assistant under former longtime West York boys' coach Bill Ackerman. However, he said that he told people that if the Suburban job ever opened up again, he'd consider getting back into it.
"During those two years when I watched (Ackerman's) rapport with the students, it really made me excited that if an opportunity arose at Suburban — not that I was looking for one — but if it arose, being in the building, like Bill is at West York, I think you have an interesting rapport with the kids academically," Triggs said. "And I think I do at Suburban, and being my home school, the school I graduated from, the school my kids graduated from, I just thought it was a great opportunity to get back into it because I did miss it."
Even in the four years since Triggs stepped down as the boys' basketball coach, he still taught at the school as an 11th- and 12th-grade social studies teacher.
Triggs said he doesn't plan on making any drastic changes to the team from what Boeckel implemented during his four-year tenure, but has some minor changes planned to both the offense and defense. He hopes to get in contact with the team in the coming weeks to go over his goals and expectations for the team.
Suburban is coming off a 6-16 season last season.
Triggs' hiring comes with an annual salary of $7,709.
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