Former Delaware Valley College wrestling coach Robert Marshall has been inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame’s second class. Marshall won 363 matches at Delware Valley in 28 seasons at Delware Valley, coaching seven NCAA champions and 42 All-Americans. See the Delware Valley release below
ANNVILLE (PA) – Former Delaware Valley College wrestling coach Robert Marshall has been elected to the second class of the Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Hall of Fame, as announced earlier this week at the conference’s annual awards lunch.
The MAC introduced its Hall of Fame as part of its 100th anniversary kickoff in May of 2012. The inaugural class consisted of 36 honorees that were selected from current and former conference members. The second class features 18 inductees, including Marshall whose accomplishments as a coach place him among the best in the history of Division III wrestling.
Marshall compiled a 400-104-7 record in 35 years of coaching, including a 363-67-0 mark and 10 MAC championships in 28 years with the Aggies. At the time of his retirement in 2002, he was just one of three coaching in Division III wrestling history to reach the 400-win plateau while his .790 winning percentage ranked third all-time.
Marshall never suffered a losing season at Delaware Valley as he had 27 winnings campaigns and one .500 mark. He posted 22 straight winning seasons from 1980-81 to 2001-02, including three undefeated years. One of those seasons was 1988-89 when the Aggies went 18-0 and was ranked first in the country during the regular season. Four wrestlers qualified for the NCAA Championships and three were crowned national champions as Delaware Valley finished as the runner-up to Ithaca (which had seven national qualifiers).
In total, Marshall coached seven national champions as well as 42 All-Americans, 14 Scholar All-Americans and 83 MAC champions. He was named the MAC Coach of the Year on five occasions and was even featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces In The Crowd in March of 2002.
The MAC enshrinement marks the ninth Hall of Fame that Marshall has become part of. He is already a member of the Purdue University Hall of Fame (where he was a three-time Division I All-American as a wrestler), the Burgettstown High School Hall of Fame (where he was a state champion), the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1995), the Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (1997), the Southwestern Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (1998), the Delaware Valley College Hall of Fame (2001), the Southeast Pennsylvania Wrestling Hall of Fame (2002) and the Washington County Hall of Fame (2002).
These days, Marshall spends his time with his two children (son Troy and daughter Tracy who both graduated from Delaware Valley College) and four grandchildren (Chase, Kai, Addison and Aubree).