JBU Names New Women's Soccer Coach

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JBU's new women's soccer coach Scott Marksberry.

Siloam Springs, Ark. (March 4, 2011) — John Brown University Director of Athletics Robyn Daugherty has announced that Scott Marksberry, former Union (Tenn.) standout and assistant men's coach, will be the new women’s soccer coach at JBU.

“We are excited for Scott to join the JBU staff and looking forward to him building on the strong foundation of women’s soccer here at JBU,” said Daugherty.  “He brings great energy and motivation, as well as a commitment to excellence on and off the field, and we expect him to be very involved in his player’s development – academically, athletically, and spiritually.”

Marksberry replaces Joe Thoma, who announced his resignation in December.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to build on the solid foundation that Coach Thoma has created in his time at JBU,” said Marksberry. “And I’m appreciative of Dr. Pollard, Robyn Daugherty, and the entire JBU community for their support of the vision I have for the women’s soccer program.”

Marksberry returns to the NAIA ranks after spending the past two seasons as head varsity girl’s coach at Wheaton Academy in West Chicago, Illinois where he has accumulated an overall record of 41-7-3.  In 2009, he guided his team to the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Class 2A State Championship, while garnering National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) National Coach of the Year honors.  In 2010, he took his team back to the state tournament where they finished third. 

During his time at Wheaton Academy, Marksberry has produced one Parade All-American, four NCSAA All-Americans, one All-State player, six All-Sectional players, and 12 All-Conference players.

Before moving to Wheaton Academy, Marksberry served as the assistant men’s soccer coach at his alma mater Union University (Tenn.) from 2006-2008 and was head men’s and women’s soccer coach at Crichton College (Tenn.) from 2005-2006.

Prior to him beginning his collegiate coaching career, Marksberry was the Assistant Director of Operations for Memphis Athletic Ministries from 2002-2005.

In 2002, Marksberry received his bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in recreation and sport from Union.  While at Union, he was a two-time National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) All-American and currently holds the Union record for games played and games started, while also sitting in the top five in Union history for career points, career assists, and career minutes.

The 31-year old Marksberry and his wife Jennifer have two children, three-year old Wyatt and two-year old Caleb.

For more information on JBU women’s soccer, contact the JBU Sports Information office at shinsey@jbu.edu or phone (479) 524-7304.

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JBU's new women's soccer coach Scott Marksberry.