Sunday, March 11, 2012

New Orleans Welcomes AFL HOF Coach Tim Marcum To Staff

Pending Arena Football League approval, Marcum is set to become the VooDoo’s Associate Head Coach under O’Hara.
“Coach Marcum will be a huge asset to our franchise as we move further along in building a winning team,” said VooDoo Head Coach Pat O’Hara.  “Marcum is a first-class coach and person, who I can honestly say is like a father-figure to me, and I know that our organization can only benefit with his involvement.”
Marcum has been an AFL fixture since the league’s inception in 1987, holding a 211-99 career coaching mark that is coupled with 7 ArenaBowl Championships out of the 10 times his teams reached the big game.
“I am excited about not only being in New Orleans and also being back in the AFL, but I am most importantly excited about being reunited with Pat,” said Marcum.  “Pat was a great player, is a great coach, and is an even better person.  I cherish this opportunity to work with him again.”
O’Hara played for Marcum in Tampa Bay from 2003 to 2006, transitioning into the team’s offensive coordinator in his final year of suiting up.  O’Hara served as Marcum’s offensive coordinator for the 2007 and 2008 seasons before O’Hara took the head coaching position with the Los Angeles Avengers; however, the AFL went on hiatus before O’Hara ever coached a game.
Together, the duo of O’Hara and Marcum from 2003 to 2008 had a 45-35 regular season record that included three playoff berths and the ArenaBowl XVII Championship.
Marcum’s most recent AFL tour of duty took place in Tampa Bay, serving as the team’s head coach from 1995 to 2010.  With the Storm, Marcum had a 140-77 regular season record and a 16-10 postseason mark over 15 seasons, winning 5 of the 7 ArenaBowls that he coached in during that span.
His prior stops before settling in with the Storm include the Detriot Drive from 1988 to 1993 and the Denver Dynamite in the League’s inaugural season in 1987.
The Snyder, Texas native is a two-time AFL Coach of the Year recipient, winning the award in 1987 and 1998.  In 1998, he was also inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame and still stands as the only coach in the League’s history to lead three different franchises to ArenaBowl appearances.
Marcum will be available for questioning at the team’s media day on Monday afternoon at the Alario Center.

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