Colby Community College announced the hiring of Chris Marks as the head women's basketball coach. Marks replaces Antowin Edwards, who resigned in April.
"I am both excited and grateful for this opportunity to lead the women's basketball program at Colby Community College," Marks said.
Marks is a native of Texas, where he remained throughout his high school and college coaching career before accepting the position at Colby. He enjoyed success in his 12 seasons as a high school coach and his teams regularly qualified for the playoffs.
He has been at the college level for nine years. He was as an assistant women's basketball coach at Clarendon Junior College for two years and another two as head coach. During that time his teams made three straight regional tournament appearances, set nine NJCAA records, collected a national scoring title and finished in the top-five in scoring two other times. From those teams, 14 players continued their careers at the university level.
Marks also spent two seasons as an assistant at Tarleton State University, an NCAA Division II school in Stephenville, Texas. He worked primarily with guards and coached two all-conference performers.
Prior to his position at Tarleton State, he was the head women's basketball coach at NCAA Division III Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. His teams were awarded the conference sportsmanship award both seasons.
"My goal is to recruit quality young women that will represent our team in the best possible fashion on and off the court," he said. "We hope to have a team that the Colby College staff, students, and community will be proud of – and excited to watch and support."
Marks earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State, where he ran track. He also holds a master's degree in kinesiology from Adams State College.
"We are excited to have Coach Marks join our staff," said Ryan Sturdy, CCC Director of Athletics. "He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the program. He expects the best out of his student-athletes, and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for him and his program."
Marks and wife Eddi, an elementary school teacher, have two adult sons. Aaron is a high school basketball coach, and Patrick is a software administrator.