WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - After 34 years of coaching, Marshall Overley announced his retirement Thursday afternoon to his 2012 football team.
Overley has coached high school football at Frontier High School and West Lafayette High School for the past 34 years. He has served the past 12 seasons as the head coach at West Lafayette. Overly leaves a long list of accomplishments including winning the Class 3A State Championship with a perfect 15-0 record in 2009.
Coach Overley also was part of two Hoosier Conference, three Sectional, two Regional, and one Semi-State Championships as Head Coach.
Before taking over as head coach at West Lafayette High School, Overley served as the Defensive Coordinator and assistant for Mark Vitale and Vince Burpo at Frontier High School.
"He is a great man, he is a good Christian. I don't think there is anyway you could put a stamp or a thumb print on something that he could not be a part of it," said Vince Burpo. "I don't care if it is an assistant coach, a head coach, teaching, a person in the community, he is just a good person," said Burpo.
After moving to the West Lafayette High School, he continued working as defensive coordinator for Ernie Beck and Lane Custer. Between these two schools Overley was a part of 8 Conference titles, 9 Sectional titles, 5 Regional titles, 2 Semi-State titles, and 2 State Championships (1993, 2009).
"It's time to celebrate, we need to celebrate what coach Overlay has meant to West Lafayette and the students and the staff," said former West Lafayette assistant and current Delphi head coach Josh Strasser. "Obviously I think some parents will be a little disappointed that they aren't going to have him back next year. He has been tremendous to the student athletes on and off the field. He is not only a great coach but he is a great teacher, he is a great father, he is a great Christian and he means a lot to the community," said Strasser.
West Lafayette School will immediately begin the search for a new head football coach with an internal job posting.
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