By Bill Tamburrino
Dan Marshall has taken back the helm as the varsity girls basketball coach at Ramona High School after a two-year break.
Marshall had stepped down after the 2009-2010 season and was replaced by Erin O’Connor. She has had records of 26-29 in two seasons and 3-17 in the Palomar League.
O’Connor resigned in order to prepare for her upcoming wedding. She will continue to teach biology at Ramona High School.coach marshall.WEB
Marshall has an impressive 305-131 record in his 15 years as varsity coach. His teams won the Valley League six times and advanced to the playoffs every year during his tenure, reaching the CIF championship game once.
The Ramona Bulldog Boosters’ Club named Marshall RHS Coach of the Year four times.
Marshall has been just as successful in the classroom as he has been on the basketball court. He was the Ramona High School and Ramona Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2009-2010 and was among the San Diego County top 10 teachers that year.
Marshall was named a Special Education Teacher of Recognition in 2001 by the Association of Academic Administrators and was the San Diego County SELPA (Special Education Local Plan Area) Special Educator of the Year. He currently chairs the Special Education Department at RHS.
The teacher and coach has also been active in community service. He has served on the boys and girls basketball board and has trained volunteer coaches for girls basketball. Marshall assisted in establishing “Elite Basketball,” a feeder program for RHS girls hoops.
He established “Tom’s Club” which provides support and recreational opportunities for students with disabilities and provides scholarships for peer helpers and other students interested in careers in special education.
Marshall also started the annual Bulldog Adventure Camp for students with disabilities and uses student athletes as camp counselors.
“I am very excited to get back into coaching girls’ basketball at Ramona High School. I have already started organizing my staff and support groups. Erin did not leave the shelf bare and she did a great job in her tenure as coach. The girls that are returning have been coached in the proper fundamentals and know how to play hard. I can’t wait until the opening tipoff,” said a very enthusiastic Marshall.