Marsh Honored by Springfield WIN with Courage Award
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Missouri State associate head women's basketball coach Trish Marsh has been chosen as the Springfield Women's Intersport Network's Courage Award winner in recognition of her triumph over breast cancer and her continued influence as a role model in women's athletics. Marsh, who was selected for the honor by the Springfield WIN board members, was recognized Wednesday (Oct. 7) evening at the organization's awards reception at the Doubletree Hotel.
WIN's Courage Award is given annually to an individual who has overcome tremendous obstacles to make a comeback in life and in sports. Marsh was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2006 while an assistant coach at Drury University. She continued her coaching duties while undergoing treatment, serving as an inspirational force for her players and women and girls throughout the Ozarks.
A Marshfield, Mo., native, Marsh is entering her third year on the Lady Bears' coaching staff, making the move south to the Missouri State campus with head coach Nyla Milleson in April 2007. As associate head coach, she works with the Missouri State guards and assists with practice and game strategy preparations. She supervises the Lady Bears' off-season strength and conditioning program and oversees the program's compliance measures. Marsh is also responsible for game scheduling and serves as director of Lady Bear Basketball Camps during the summer months.
Under Marsh's direction, two Missouri State perimeter players earned Missouri Valley Conference postseason honors in 2008-09, including MVC Freshman of the Year Casey Garrison. She was joined on the league's all-freshman team by Jaleshia Roberson, who became the fifth Lady Bear guard to receive all-conference recognition in Marsh's two seasons with the program.