Tim Marcum Receives Inaugural Outstanding Achievement Award

Tampa Bay Storm Head Coach Tim Marcum will be the first recipient of the American Football Coaches Association’s new Outstanding Achievement Award. The award will be presented to Marcum on January 5, 2004, the second day of the 2004 AFCA Convention in Orlando, Fla.

The award was created by the AFCA Board of Trustees in order to recognize AFCA members who have achieved outstanding success while coaching in professional football.

“I am honored and overwhelmed to be the recipient of the AFCA’s Outstanding Achievement Award,” Marcum said. “This is by far the greatest honor I have received in my 37 years as a football coach. This is not an individual achievement, because most of my success comes from being associated with great players and great ownership. The Tampa Bay Storm owner, Woody Kern, and AFL Commissioner, David Baker, have provided an opportunity for all coaches, including myself, to be very successful in this league. I would like to thank the AFCA, Grant Teaff and the AFCA Board of Trustees for bestowing this honor on me.”

Marcum is the winningest head coach in Arena Football League history. He enters the 2004 season having won seven ArenaBowl championships and has coached in ten of the league’s 17 ArenaBowls. Marcum is the only coach in Arena Football history to lead three different teams to ArenaBowl championships (Denver, Detroit, and Tampa Bay), and is the AFL career coaching leader in victories (158), winning percentage (.742), games coached (213), and postseason victories (25).

A two-time recipient of the AFL Coach of the Year Award (1987 and 1998), Marcum has overseen the Tampa Bay Storm’s development into the league’s flagship franchise. He was the first coach in AFL history to win more than 100 games and has missed out in playing for the league championship only five times in his career. Incredibly, Marcum’s AFL clubs have advanced to the postseason in every year he has coached.

Marcum joined the Storm in 1995 and proceeded to put together a record-breaking two-year stretch, winning back-to-back ArenaBowls in 1995 and 1996. The Storm combined for a 28-4 mark during that stretch, and put together an AFL record 17-game winning streak from July 1, 1995, to June 29, 1996.

But Marcum’s coaching crusades have not existed only in the Arena Football League. Like his father, the Snyder, Texas native began his coaching career in the high schools of West Texas. He landed his first collegiate job at Ranger College, and, in 1979, guided the school to a junior college national championship with an 11-0 record. As a prelude to his arrival in the explosive Arena Football League, Marcum’s junior college champions averaged nearly 35 points per game.

In 1980, Marcum left Ranger and joined the coaching staff at Rice University as an assistant coach. From there he made his entrance into the professional coaching ranks, joining the San Antonio Gunslingers of the USFL as linebackers coach in 1984. Marcum was named the team’s defensive coordinator the following season. A year before accepting the post in Denver, the coaching carousel continued, as Marcum was hired as the assistant head coach of the New York Knights of the World League of American Football.

In between stints as head coach of the Detroit Drive, Marcum coached linebackers for Steve Spurrier at the University of Florida in 1990. He then spent the 1994 season as a defensive assistant with the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League before new Storm owner Woody Kern lured him to Tampa.

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