Eaglecrest names Grand Junction Central's Shawn Marsh its new football coach

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Shawn Marsh, a veteran of creating successful football programs on the Western Slope, has been named the head football coach at Eaglecrest.

Marsh spent the past six seasons as the head coach at Grand Junction Central

Eaglecrest announced the hire on Friday morning, and Grand Junction Central also announced Marsh's resignation.

"We are excited to welcome Shawn Marsh to Eaglecrest High School," Raptors athletic director Vince Orlando said in a statement. "Coach Marsh is a great fit for our school and community. We are confident that he will provide outstanding leadership for our young men and lead our program to continued success in the coming years."

Marsh was 24-38 in six seasons leading the Warriors, primarily in Class 4A, though they were 3A in 2014 and 2015. He took over a team that went 0-10 the year prior to he was hired, and built them into a program that was 7-4 last season, and made the postseason. His team also made the playoffs in 2016, the program's first winning season since 2004.

Prior to joining Central, Marsh was the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Division II Colorado Mesa University. He has also been a head coach for 15 seasons, including stints at Paonia (1995), Fruita Monument (2010) and Grand Junction (2001-07). He led the Tigers to a runner-up finish in the 4A title game in 2005.

"I want to thank Eaglecrest High School and the Cherry Creek School District for the opportunity to coach football in such an amazing high school an school district," Marsh said in a statement. "My family and I are excited to be part of the Eaglecrest family and community."

At Eaglecrest, Marsh will take over one of 5A's top programs. The Raptors, runner-up in 2017, have reached at least the quarterfinals each of the past three seasons — one of six 5A teams to do so.

After Dustin Delaney resigned early in the 2018 season, Eaglecrest was led by Garrett Looney on an interim basis last fall.

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