One of only three coaches who have won multiple ECHL championships, Greenville’s John Marks will reach another milestone on Sunday when he coaches his 1,400th career game as the Grrrowl visit Pee Dee. Marks ranks seventh among professional coaches and is the leader among active professional coaches. Scotty Bowman is the all-time leader with 2,571 career professional games.
In his 18th season as a head coach, Marks has a career record of 697-578-124 and with three more victories will become the seventh professional coach to reach the 700-win plateau, joining Bowman (1,511), Al Arbour (904) John Brophy (846), Tommy McVie (708), Mike Keenan (792), and John Muckler (726). Marks, who coached six seasons in the International Hockey League with Kalamazoo and Indianapolis, won the last Riley Cup Championship in 1996 with Charlotte and the Kelly Cup Championship with Greenville in 2002.
Marks ranks second in the ECHL in regular season games (800), regular season wins (394), years coached (12), postseason games (64), postseason wins (41), and postseason appearances (8). Brophy is the ECHL career leader in regular season games (878), regular season wins (480), years coached (13), postseason games (94), postseason wins (55), and postseason appearances (11) while ranking third among all coaches in career games (1,739) and wins (846).
Marks 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, he 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.