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Former N.Y. Giants star Leonard Marshall named Hudson Catholic football coach

marshallleonard050310_optBY JOE FAVORITO
NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM

Hudson Catholic president Father Warren Hall has made a number of landmark moves in the past two years, all working to bring the Jersey City school back from the brink of closing. The Hawks went co-ed, then brought in actress Aileen Quinn ("Annie") to run the drama program. They have restored morale and boosted the spirits of students, faculty and alumni alike. Hall even joked on Monday in a sweltering gym that he "won't be done until the Pope is teaching religion." However his biggest new hire to date, both in stature and in size, is former New York Giant star Leonard Marshall, who was introduced Monday as the new varsity football coach.

While it may seem like a bit of a stretch, Hudson Catholic's football program has never been world class and its facilities for the sport are public fields, the move is in line with Hall's approach to all things at the school in his tenure. Marshall, who has called New Jersey a second home even after his glory days of winning two Super Bowls were gone, is as much a character hire as one with a football pedigree. Throughout his introductory press conference, the Louisiana native talked about being a sculptor of young people and a leader by example — traits which he was known for throughout his career and afterward. He has built businesses as well ... in clothing and the financial sector ... so his move to HC's spot for a $10,000 stipend should not surprise any. This was no vanity hire; this was a hire to continue to give not just the school, but the people of Jersey City another reason to take pride in the re-birth of a city.

"Our goal in this search was not just to find a football coach, it was to find a man of character who could continue to mold our young men as leaders in the classroom, in the community and on the field, and we are very excited that we have found that person in Leonard Marshall," Hall said. "Hudson Catholic continues to undergo a renaissance in rebuilding a great tradition of overall excellence, and we are proud to have Coach Marshall be a part of the team undertaking that process here in Jersey City."

Pride is what Marshall has always been about. Pride in his dedication to his alma mater, LSU, and to the people of Louisiana who he selflessly assisted following Hurricane Katrina. Pride in working with young people in a variety of camps over the past 20 years in Florida — teaching not just football skills but life skills as well. Pride in seeing how the Giants organization treats people both on and off the field, a family he feels as much a part of today as when he was on the sidelines.

Now Marshall's task will be building upon the great pride that many now feel as the school continues to make its way back from the brink.

"I am very excited to be able to take on this challenge, and work with the young people at Hudson Catholic," Marshall said. "The New York area has been a second home for me for over 20 years, and I have always loved the great character that the people of Jersey City display. I am honored to be part of that fabric now, not just as a football coach, but as a mentor and member of the community."

Marshall certainly will have his work cut out for him. He has never been a head coach, and will replace Chris Demarast, who resigned on February 19 after one season with the Hawks. Hudson Catholic has won NCIAA titles in football in 1976 and 1977, an HCIAA Conference Championship in 2007, and in 2008 the Hawks reached the Group 2 Non-Public League Finals as well, but they have never been the powerhouse on the field as some of their rivals are. However, Marshall will start by rounding out a coaching staff with a host of familiar faces to those in Jersey City, and then will go about shaping the team, and all those around him, in a manner that he has always known ... one of respect, hard work and discipline.

Will there be detractors and whisperings that maybe Hudson Catholic is becoming something that it is not supposed to be? Maybe. However Marshall, just like Father Hall and the other administrators at the school, have made it clear they intend to raise the expectations for excellence — academically, athletically, personally and professionally. If you are going to do that, then drawing the line with Leonard Marshall on your team is not a bad place to start.

 
Comments (3)
3 Wednesday, 03 October 2012 09:46
The inside truth
I know for a fact that this man is trash. He comes from a family of garbage. He's a manipulative bastard who all of a sudden is hiding behind god... God knows you Leonard. Your fooling no one. You tried to ruin Maryann's oldest daughters life and even your own flesh and blood ariannas as well. Just divorce them ad leave them alone. Everyone is much happier when your non existent. I'm glad your mother is dead so she doesn't have to see the drug abused lying cheating son she brought into this world... Your poor father will leave this world too knowing the loser he raised. All you ever did was talk down about everyone else you were ever friends with or worked with or even barely knew, as if you were better... Making up stories about them that reflected only you. You will never have a normal relationship unless you stop with the lies.... You slammed Maryann's oldest as if she was this huge loser... Granted she made a mistake ad is almost done paying for it but I gotta tell you Leonard out of anyone in the whole family put together she looks the best and is doing the best. I also saw your youngest at publix and since you left she lost a whole person and looks AMAZING. She hates you.... And it fuels her to be better.

I also hear that all of your said education and experience has got you working in a car dealership in New Jersey... How's that going for you.... Lol... And pointing at you too.

The biggest joke of all is that every single person you ever talked down upon is doing phenomenally better that YOU.
2 Saturday, 20 November 2010 21:49
Not A Fan
Why does everyone love this man? and thinks he is so great?

Trust me he is not yes he does everything right in the public eyes but behind close doors he is not a nice person to his family what makes a good person? some who is loyal to there family who does not cheat and lie and hits his wife and gets it dissmissed in court because he has a high priced attorney.

Well thats Mr Marshall cheating on his wife for years abusing pain medication and when he speaks everyone believes him thats just sad why didnt the H.S check him out before they hired him? Maybe they could have found out why he left seaton hall or was asked to leave i believe the person that made the latest post. he is suppose to be mentoring.our children all these NFL stars get away with a lot like Cory Dillion did the same thing to his wife and kids hit her and got it dissmissed from Leonards bad business deals gone wrong (taking peoples life savings with bad house loans) Leonard you know it's the truth but you will say it's all a lie and people will believe you but deep down your a very sad excuse of a human being.Be a man give your wife the $ so she can leave your sorry abusing butt.i have one question for leonard what are you going to tell your students when the ask you if all this is true?Are you going to lie like you always do? and make yourself look great? Don't worry about what people think just worry about what god is going to think when you do get to the pearlie gates when it's your time. i agree with the other post your a sad excuse of a human being just sad

i am not a fan i know his wife i know his children my children know his children and i have seen it first hand trust me he will have one of his girlfriends say he is great and a god fearing man and say all these nice things about him lets just say he is not well liked in Boca Raton FL

We live in a world where the little guy gets away with nothing but the BIG star athlete gets away with everything will it ever stop?
1 Saturday, 20 November 2010 21:06
LEONARDS MISTRISS
LEONARD MARSHALL IS NOT GREAT HE IS SCUMM CHEATS ON HIS WIFE HITS HER AND TREATS HIS KIDS LIKE DIRT HE IS NO ROLL MODEL. BUT HE ALWAYS GETS AWAY WITH IT TRUST ME I KNOW HE LIED TO ME FOR YEARS. WONT DIVORCE MARY ANN (HIS WIFE) BECAUSE THEN HE WILL HAVE TO PAY HER. WHY IS IT THAT THESE NFL STARS GET AWAY WITH EVERYTHING???? ONLY THING HE LOVES BESIDES HIMSELF IS THE PAIN KILLERS HE IS ADDICTED TOO HE IS A SAD BROKEN DOWN POOR EXCUSE OF A MAN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! HE WAS ASK TO RESIGHN FROM SETON HALL FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT AND THATS A FACT NOT A LIE. LEONARD GO UP AND BE A MAN AND STOP BLAMING EVERYONE ELSE.

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