Men's Basketball Coach
Bob Marlin, who coached Pensacola Junior College to the 1993 national championship and has served as an assistant coach at Alabama, Marshall,
Houston Baptist and Northeast Louisiana, has been named as men's basketball
head coach at Sam Houston State University.
Marlin received National Junior College Athletic Association "Coach of the
Year" honors in 1993 following Pensacola's national title. The national
championship was the first ever for a Florida junior college. In his 17
seasons as both a head coach and assistant coach, his teams have compiled a
record of 317 victories and 194 losses for a winning percentage of .620.
"Bob Marlin is going to be an outstanding asset for our Sam Houston State
University program," said Director of Athletics Bobby Williams. "Our
basketball search committee, chaired by Gary Bouse, did an exceptional job.
Bob is a proven recruiter, a talented on-the-floor coach and has
demonstrated a commitment not only to winning on the court but also to
academic achievement. He and his family will be a valued addition to our
coaching staff, our University and the Huntsville community."
As assistant to Head Coach David Hobbs, Marlin helped guide the Alabama
Crimson Tide to a 51-43 record the past three seasons. Alabama's 1995-96
team was a National Invitational Tournament (NIT) final four participant,
finished as runner-up in the Southeastern Conference Western Division and
set a new season school record for three-point shooting. The 1996-97 Tide
squad ranked as high as 18th nationally, led the SEC in free throw shooting
and won the inaugural Top of the World Classic in Alaska.
In five seasons as head coach at Pensacola Junior College, Marlin compiled a
123-35 record. His national championship team in 1993 compiled the school's
best single season record ever with a 31-5 mark. Each of his five seasons at
Pensacola, his teams ranked among the top 20 in the NJCAA national rankings.
A native of Tupelo, Mississippi, Marlin received his Bachelor of Science
degree in Physical Education from Mississippi State in 1981 and his Masters
in Health and Physical Education from Northeast Louisiana in 1983. Marlin
and his wife, Betsy, have a five year old son, Matt.
"This is an exciting day for myself and my family," said Marlin. "It's great
to be coming back to Texas and the Southland Conference. Sam Houston State
is giving me a tremendous opportunity. I was extremely impressed with the
campus and the community. With Bobby Williams as athletic director, there is
a sense of excitement among the staff that makes me believe we can
accomplish a lot. I look forward to the challenge and can't wait to get
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Media Contact: Paul Ridings
Aug. 4, 1998
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