USF names Marsh assistant basketball coach
TAMPA - University of South Florida men's basketball coach Stan Heath named Donnie Marsh an assistant coach. Marsh brings more than 30 years of college coaching experience to the Bulls. Heath's three assistants for the 2013-14 season are Steve Roccaforte, Mike Wells and Marsh. Marsh comes to USF after spending the 2012-13 season as associate head coach at Texas Southern. His career includes stops at UAB (2006-12), Indiana (2004-06) and Virginia Tech (1997-2000), and he was head coach at Florida International for four seasons (2000-04). "Donnie has proven to be a very successful coach during his career," Heath said. "He will bring a wealth of experience to our program, both on and off the court. He's known to be a great defensive tactician, as well as a strong overall coach."Marsh helped coach teams to seven postseason appearances - two NCAA tournaments and five NITs, including the NIT championship game in 1997. In a four-year span at UAB, the Blazers compiled a record of 92-41, tied the single-season school record for wins with 25 and won the program's first outright Conference USA regular-season championship. At each of his stops, his defensive coaching skill was evident. UAB consistently ranked near the top of Conference USA in scoring defense, and his teams at Indiana improved drastically in points allowed and field-goal percentage. At FIU, the Golden Panthers regularly ranked among the best in the Sun Belt in total defense and offensive rebounding. As the head coach at Trenton State (N.J.) College, now the College of New Jersey, Marsh had a four-year record of 64-41, highlighted by a 22-6 record and an NCAA Tournament berth in 1990.