Marsden steps down at Craig

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March 16, 2010
— Mark Marsden has stepped down as Janesville Craig High School's girls basketball coach.

Marsden announced his decision at the team's annual banquet Monday night at the school.

"I'm done. I'm no longer the coach," Marsden said.

Marsden compiled a 134-107 record through 11 seasons, including a 98-82 mark in the Big Eight Conference. He came to Craig in 1999 after leading Menomonie to a school-record 18-6 season, falling one game short of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament.

Menomonie broke that mark this season with 21 wins before being upset last weekend by River Falls in the regional finals.

Overall, Marsden's career includes six years as head coach at Menomonie and 15 as an assistant at Beaver Dam.

"I'm 55, and I've done this for 32 years," Marsden said. "At some point, you've got to move on and let somebody else coach. It's been a good run."

Marsden had seven winning seasons at Craig, including a

19-4 mark in 2001-02, which produced a school record for most victories. Three of Craig's four losses that season were to Janesville Parker.

"That was a great year," Marsden said. "We had (Carrie) Schieve and (Jeannie) Cullen."

Marsden said the sectional semifinal against Parker was Janesville's biggest girls basketball game.

"We were No. 3 (actually No. 7) and (Parker) was No. 1," Marsden said of the final state ratings. "That crowd broke the fire code, and they saw the biggest girls basketball game in Janesville history.

"We lost three times to Parker," Marsden added. "We just couldn't get over the hump."

In Marsden's final season, Craig finished 7-11 in the Big Eight and 8-15 overall.

Marsden said he is leaving the program in good shape.

"Craig will be very good next year," Marsden said. "The sophomore team was undefeated, and we have some great incoming freshmen, and there are good juniors coming back. It's hard to walk away."

Marsden graduated from Beloit Memorial High School in 1973 and UW-Eau Claire in 1978. He is a special education teacher and will remain as Craig girls track coach.

"I've had a great run," Marsden said. "I've been blessed to coach at Craig."

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