TORONTO, Ont. - The University of Toronto Varsity Blues are pleased to announce that Greg Marshall has been named the new football head coach, effective January 3, 2018.
Marshall, who has been the defensive coordinator, defensive line and linebackers coach for the Queen's Gaels since 2014, becomes the 26th head coach in program history.
"Greg has a proven track record at both the professional and collegiate levels," said Beth Ali, executive director of athletics and physical activity. "We are excited to have him on board and to put his expertise to task immediately. With his experience at Queen's, he definitely understands the immense pressure to excel both on the field and in the classroom, and knows how to balance the two so our student-athletes can achieve excellence in all areas of their lives."
Prior to his post in Kingston, Ont., Marshall spent 20 seasons in the Canadian Football League (CFL) and primarily as a defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.
He had two stops in Saskatchewan (1994-99,2011 as the head coach) and Edmonton (2000-04, 2013-14), one in Ottawa, with the then Renegades (2005-06), Winnipeg (2006-08) and Hamilton (2009-10). Most notably, he appeared in back-to-back Grey Cups (2002, 2003) while with the Eskimos, winning it all the second time around. In 2003, his defensive unit led the CFL in fewest point allowed.
For 13 seasons and with three different teams, he was also the coordinator for the Canadian college draft, from which produced numerous league all-stars.
"I am excited and honored for the opportunity to be the head football coach at such a prestigious university", said Marshall. "I look forward to helping the young men in our program achieve great things both on and off the football field."
A scholarship athlete at Oregon State University, Marshall was drafted in the seventh round by Philadelphia and played two seasons in the NFL with the Eagles and the Baltimore Colts. In 1980, he returned to Canada to play with the Ottawa Rough Riders. He spent nine seasons with the Riders, earning the CFL's defensive player of the year honours in 1983 and the league's most outstanding defensive lineman in 1983 and 1984.