Georgia Bulletin

The Newspaper of the Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta


Marist athletic director inducted into Hall of Fame

Published July 9, 2015

ATLANTA—Marist School athletic director Tommy Marshall has been inducted into the Georgia Athletic Directors Association Hall of Fame. The honor is given to coaches who have displayed great leadership and prominence during their career. Marshall was one of three 2015 honorees.

He has been in athletic administration for 30 years and at Marist for 19 years. During his tenure Marist has been the beneficiary of numerous sportsmanship awards and state titles that are displayed on the walls and in trophy cases throughout the school’s Centennial Assembly Center. In 2004 Sports Illustrated named Marist the 15th ranked high school athletic program in America, and Marist has been awarded the GADA Directors Cup for best overall athletic program for 16 consecutive years under Marshall.

Georgia Athletic Directors Association Class of 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, Tommy Marshall, second from right, is joined by (l-r) his son, Danny, his daughter, Stacy, and his wife, Dana, during the GADA awards banquet in Savannah.

Before coming to Marist, Marshall coached football, basketball, baseball, tennis and wrestling at the high school and college level. As football coach at Walton High School he was named Cobb County coach of the year for three consecutive years. At the collegiate level Marshall was an assistant coach at Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, North Carolina, before moving on to Furman University, Greenville, South Carolina, his alma mater. He began his career in athletic administration at Furman.

Joining Marist as director of athletics in May 1996, Marshall also coached wrestling for two years and has coached the boys tennis team since 2012, including state championship teams in 2014 and 2015.

“People always have such admiration for Tommy, and I think that stems from his drive and compassion for others. Tommy has a sense of humility that is uncommon today,” said Chandler Yount, Marist School assistant director of athletics.

Marshall attributed the award to hard work and the many people who work to make Marist sports programs a success.

“This award represents the tremendous efforts and support of Marist’s administration, faculty and staff, students and parents,” he said.