Published September 29. 2010 4:00AM
Derek Marks never expected to be a college head coach this quickly, just two years out of Sacred Heart University.
Mitchell College announced Tuesday that Marks has been hired to coach men's lacrosse and golf.
"It was faster than I expected," Marks said Tuesday. "But I feel that I'm ready to take on the role and I'm prepared to take the program at Mitchell to the next level."
Marks, 24, has an athletic background, playing football and lacrosse at East Lyme High School, earning all-state honors and helping to lead both teams to state titles in 2003 and 2004, respectively.
At Division I Sacred Heart, he became the football program's all-time leading punter, achieving All-American second-team status. He still holds school records for yards per attempt for a season (39.8 in 2006) and career (38.4).
His college lacrosse career covered two seasons. He joined the Mitchell lacrosse program last year as an assistant before taking over the head coaching job.
He credits former high school coaches Gary Waters (lacrosse) and Andy Dousis (football) for giving him a firm coaching foundation.
"I personally had very good coaches," Marks said. "They taught me a lot. I plan to bring that to Mitchell."
Marks will have to make a quick adjustment to his new job. The Mitchell golf team is playing today in the Blazer Invitational at Westover Golf Course in Massachusetts.
"I have a passion for golf," Marks said. "It's something that I play very much and want to bring my skill and knowledge to the program."
Mitchell athletic director Maureen White welcomed the addition of Marks to the school's athletic staff.
"Derek is ready to take the next step in his coaching career," White said in a statement.
"The same qualities that helped him thrive as a two-sport Division I athlete - passion and commitment - will drive his success on the sidelines."