Posted: May 25, 2011
After two years as an assistant coach at Ohio Wesleyan University, Gill was named the new mentor for the Earlham College men's basketball program on Wednesday.
"It is such a humbling experience to finally be a head coach at a great institution such as Earlham," Gill said. "I'm ready to talk to my staff and get Earlham back to where it needs to be. I'm excited."
"Marcus is a great fit with Earlham," said Director of Athletics Frank Carr. "He impressed our search committee with his enthusiasm and passion for athletics at liberal arts institutions." There were more than 250 applicants for this position.
"Marcus has a great background in Division III athletics," Carr said. "He was an outstanding player at Albion College and made a quick and successful transition to coaching at the college level."
Gill starting coaching as an assistant at Albion after graduating from the Michigan school in 2004 where the Detroit native majored in physical education and minored in health.
The Britons were 26-4 in his first season as a coach when they won the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletics Association title and made it to the final 8 in the NCAA Division III tournament. Albion was 20-6 the next year.
"Marcus has been an assistant coach at schools that value the total experience of the student-athlete like we do at Earlham," Carr said. "He has been mentored by two highly successful and respected Division III basketball coaches in Mike Turner at Albion and Mike DeWitt at Ohio Wesleyan."
"Marcus is a proven recruiter with a 'defense-first' philosophy on the court," Carr added. "His infectious personality will bring excitement to our men's basketball program."
Although Gill officially takes over the position on June 1, he's not waiting to get started.
"I'm going to an AAU tournament this weekend, so I'm going to hit the ground running," Gill said. "I am a firm believer that a team is the reflection of the coach."
"What I want people to see is a very hard-working team that plays tenacious defense," he added. "We are going to rebound and do all of the tough things that it takes to win. We are definitely going to have a lot of energy and a lot of passion."
A point guard during his playing days, Albion won the MIAA championship his junior year with a 22-5 record and the Britons were 20-7 when he was a senior.
After his initial two-year stint at Albion, Gill was a graduate assistant at Siena Heights in Michigan, while also serving as the junior varsity head coach from 2006-08. He earned a master's degree in educational leadership from Siena Heights.
He returned to Albion the next season for one year before joining the Ohio Wesleyan staff in 2009. The Bishops were 16-11 overall and 11-5 in the North Coast Athletic Conference this season.