Longtime Atlantic City resident Donnie Marsh is the new men’s basketball coach at Alabama A&M University.

The Bulldogs announced the hiring April 12.

Marsh, a 1974 graduate of Atlantic City High School, becomes an NCAA Division I head coach for the first time in 13 years. He was the head coach for Florida International from 2000-04.

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He served as the associate head coach at Texas Southern the past two seasons.

“This is 13 years in the making,” Marsh said in a story on Alabama A&M’s website. “Anything worth having is worth waiting for. This is an incredible honor, and I am humbled by the opportunity.”

Last season, the Bulldogs went 2-27 under Willie Hayes, who resigned in March. They play in the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Marsh was an assistant coach the past 13 years, with stops at Texas Southern (2015-17), South Florida (2013-15), Alabama-Birmingham (2006-12) and Indiana (2004-06).

Marsh also was an assistant at Virginia Tech (1997-2000) and Florida State (1995-97).

“A new era of Bulldogs basketball begins today,” Alabama A&M athletic director Bryan Hicks said on the website. “We were looking for a developer of men. We found that person.”

Marsh was a two-sport athlete at Atlantic City, playing basketball and baseball.

He played basketball for Division III Frankin & Marshall and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree in history and education. He earned All-American honors, is third all-time on the school’s scoring list (1,695 points) and helped the Diplomats (27-5) make the Division III Final Four his senior season (1978-79).

He was drafted by the Atlanta Hawks in the third round (52nd overall) of the 1979 NBA Draft and was one of the last players cut before the start of the season.

He made his head-coaching debut at Division III Elizabethtown, where he compiled a 12-13 record in 1988-89. He coached the next four seasons at The College of New Jersey, formerly known as Trenton State College.

Marsh served as the athletic director at Atlantic City High School from 1993-95 and is one of the founders of the Battle by the Bay Tournament. The popular showcase event has been held annually at the school since 1994.

Marsh is the brother of Atlantic City 4th Ward Councilman William “Speedy” Marsh.


609-272-7210 JRusso@pressofac.com Twitter @ACPress_Russo

I graduated from Rowan University in 2011 where I studied journalism. I covered local high school and college sports at the South Jersey Times and Vineland Daily Journal. I have been a sports reporter with The Press since July of 2013

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