This is the ninth in a series of biographies on the head coaches of the 25 teams in the ECHL in 2005-06.
ECHL.com will post a different coach’s biography each weekday at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The only coach in team history, John Marks is in his eighth year as head coach for Greenville going 230-224-46 in the regular season and 25-18 in the postseason. The Grrrowl finished with 83 points (39-28-5) in 2004-05 improving by 50 points from 2003-04, the largest single-season point increase in league history.
Marks led Greenville to the Kelly Cup Championship in 2002 and he was the first coach in league history to lead two different teams to the ECHL title, having led Charlotte to the Riley Cup Championship in 1996. In his 12th season in the ECHL, Marks is 421-344-81 in the regular season and ranks second in league history in seasons (12), games (846), wins (421) and ranks first in career losses (344). His teams have advanced to the postseason nine times and he is 42-33 in the playoffs, ranking second in appearances (9), games (75), wins (42) and losses (33) while tying for second with two titles.
Prior to Greenville, Marks was head coach of Charlotte in the ECHL where his teams had a winning percentage over .600 and advanced to the postseason all five seasons, including 1995-96 when the Checkers were 13-3 in the postseason and won the Jack Riley Cup. Charlotte hosted the 1997 ECHL All-Star Game and Marks coached the Checkers to a 7-6 win over the ECHL All-Stars. Marks coached six seasons in the International Hockey League with Kalamazoo and Indianapolis.
He began his coaching career in 1982 as an assistant at the University of North Dakota, his alma mater, and helped guide the Fighting Sioux to the 1987 NCAA Championship. A two-time All-American at North Dakota, Marks was a first-round selection (ninth overall) of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 1968 National Hockey League Amateur Draft. He played 12 seasons in the Blackhawks organization, including 10 in the NHL, and in 1976 was named to the NHL’s Campbell Conference All-Star team. Following a broken leg, Marks concluded his playing career with Indianapolis in the Central Hockey League, helping the Checkers win the 1982 CHL title. Marks and his wife, Cathy, have two children, Tricia and Logan.