Tarleton adds alumnus Chris Marks as TexAnn Basketball coaching staff top assistant

Chris Marks agrees to become first assistant under new head coach Misty Wilson. (Sul Ross Athletics)
Sul Ross women’s head coach Chris Marks agrees to become first assistant under new head coach Misty Wilson at Tarleton. (Sul Ross Athletics)
STEPHENVILLE – Chris Marks, a graduate of Tarleton State University, has returned to Stephenville as the new assistant basketball coach under head coach Misty Wilson for the 2014-15 season.

“I am extremely excited that Chris is here,” said Wilson. “He is the guy that I wanted from the get-go and I am grateful he chose to accept the position. Chris has valuable coaching experience that I believe will help me in this transition, but more importantly, he is a good man with high morals, ethics and values. He and his wife, Edie, will fit in perfectly with the TexAnn Basketball program.”

“For me, Tarleton State is a very special place,” said Marks. “I have so many memories here and Tarleton State has helped shape me into who I have become, both personally and professionally. It is a wonderful privilege to be able to come back and hopefully make a meaningful contribution to this program and the university as a whole.”

Marks has spent the last two seasons as the head coach of Sul Ross State where he went to working in turning around a program that went just 2-23 in the season prior to his arrival

In two seasons with the Lobos, Marks coached four all-conference players and had 18 student-athletes earn ASC academic honors, including six named ASC Distinguished Student-Athletes. Marks also had back-to-back ASC Sportsmanship Award winners in his tenure at Sul Ross.

Before breaking into the NCAA with Sul Ross, Marks coached Clarendon Junior College to three straight regional tournament appearances while setting nine NJCCA national records in four seasons. He spent his first two seasons as the top assistant before becoming the head coach in 2010.

Marks was a high school coach since 1997 prior to arriving at Clarendon in 2008. During his high school tenure, Marks qualified for the UIL Texas High School Playoffs in seven of his 11 seasons as a high school coach. Some of his more notable stops include Happy, Aspermont, Lazbuddie and Millsap, where his basketball career began.

“What’s funny my career began with a softball job at Millsap,” said Marks. “After spending the 1997 season as a volunteer softball coach with (Tarleton head softball coach) Julie Mata, I went on to coach softball at Millsap but they had also asked me to coach basketball. I had played it growing up and never thought about coaching it, but I fell in love with it and since then it has been basketball all the way.”

A graduate of Arlington High School, Marks graduated from Tarleton State in 1987 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and received his Master’s Degree from Adams State in 2010 in Human Performance and Physical Education. The Texan graduate also competed as a track and field athlete for the Texans, running in the 200m and 800m.

Marks resides in Stephenville with his wife, Edie. The couple has two sons: Aaron, who graduate from Tarleton State in 2008 and currently coaches basketball at Whitharral High School, and Pat, who is a college student in Utah.

He replaces Wilson as the top assistant for the TexAnns after Wilson was promoted to head coach following the retirement of 11-year coach, Ronnie Hearne on earlier this year. Wilson was the TexAnn assistant coach for the past 12 seasons after a four-year playing career with Tarleton.

“I was obviously very excited for Misty to have this opportunity because she has more than paid her dues,” said Marks. “Along with Coach Hearne, she has been a big part of building this program into a national power and I’m eager to see what we can accomplish together.”

Tarleton State is coming off a 22-9 season in which the TexAnns advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the sixth time in school history and fifth consecutive season. They advanced to the second round of the tournament for just the second time in school history.

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