Marshall takes coach's mentality from court to sideline

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Former player for Lady Rockets is working at Austin Peay

By Todd Martin

On the court, Charlotte Marshall always played like a coach – barking at her teammates, pointing them to the right spots on the floor.

Even as a high school player at Shelby County, it appeared evident that Marshall would wind up pacing the sideline. Former SCHS girls’ coach Sally Zimmerman always said she hoped that Marshall would go into coaching.

Well, she officially has gotten her wish now.

Marshall popped into SCHS last week to work with the Lady Rockets in a four-session, 2-day camp, a short reprieve from her new position as a graduate assistant with the Austin Peay State University Lady Governors.

“This is a great way for me to get my foot in the door,” she said. “The [Austin Peay] head coach, Carrie Daniels, recruited me at Western Kentucky, and two former teammates were grad assistants there, too. So it’s a good fit.”

As a first-year coach on the college level, Marshall said the transition to the other side of the sideline is a big change.

“The first thing I had to do was take a little time to see if that’s what I did to the staff at Western when I played,” she said. “But really, it’s been great. I love working with the players, and the staff has been great, helping me take the time to think about what I’m doing and making sure that this is what I really want to do.”

While working with the Lady Govs, Marshall is also working toward her master’s in the Health and Human Performance Program with an emphasis in Sports and Wellness Leadership.

“It’s been different because I’m not in Bowling Green, but at the same time the experience has been really good and I’m glad I accepted it [the position].”

Doing the camp at SCHS was a way that Marshall could come back and help a little at her alma mater.

“I got together with Coach [Zimmerman] at the State Tournament, and she asked if I wanted to come back and do this,” Marshall said. “It’s just some basic stuff – passing, shooting and fundamentals.”

Marshall also had a guest appearance from another former Lady Rocket, Raechele Gray. Gray, an upcoming sophomore at Marshall University, came back to help with the ballhandling session.

Marshall has one more year as a graduate assistant before she finishes her master’s, then she says she will reassess.

“Coach [Zimmerman] wants me to come back and go to the new school [Martha Layne Collins High School],” she said. “I’m extremely fortunate that they’re even bringing my name up, but right now the college level is where I want to be. Now, that may change down the road, but I like it right now.”

Will Austin Peay be her place?

“If it’s the right fit, I might stay there,” she said. “But the more I network and get out with different people and different coaches the better. Who knows, I could be anywhere.”

But in the summer, she’ll still find time to come back to SCHS.

“I think this camp might be an every year kind of thing,” she said. “Anything I can do to help Shelby County and see a few more region championships.”