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Scott Marksberry enters his first season as head coach of the men's soccer program after heading the women's squad for the past two seasons.
During the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Marksberry guided the ladies to an overall mark of 17-14-4 while earning a 10-8-1 in Sooner Athletic Conference play. The 2012 season saw Marksberry's team improve dramatically on defense as the back line limited teams to an average of 1.1 goals per game while doubling the number of shutouts from the previous year from, improving from four clean slates to eight.
While finishing in fifth place in the regular season, JBU travelled to rival Roger State for the SAC tournament quarterfinals, stealing a 1-1 draw and a shootout victory in Claremore, Okla. Finally, The Golden Eagles fell in a hard-fought semifinal match at then-No. 6 Oklahoma City, 1-0. Marksberry finished with an overall record of 17-14-4 (48.6 percent) over both seasons as head women's soccer coach.
Prior to his arrival at John Brown, Marksberry spent the 2008-10 seasons as the head varsity girls' soccer coach at Wheaton Academy in Wheaton, Ill. There, Marksberry accumulated three extremely successful seasons which included a 2009 2A Illinois High School Association (IHSA) state championship. For his efforts in 2009, he was named the National Christian School Athletic Association (NCSAA) Coach of the Year.
While the head coach at Wheaton, Marksberry produced one Parade All-American and four NCSAA All-Americans while landing a player on the All-State squad, six on the All-Sectional team and an impressive 12 players were given All-Conference accolades. Marksberry amassed a 50-12-3 (76.9 percent) record over three seasons.
From 2006-07, Marksberry returned to his alma mater at Union (Tenn.) where he held the position of assistant men's soccer coach. While in Jackson, the Bulldogs went 18-13-3, earning a spot in the NAIA Regional Tournament. Union boasted an impressive No. 9 in the nation ranking during the 2006 campaign.
Marksberry began his time in the coaching profession after graduation, spending three and a half years as the Assistant Director of Operations at Memphis Athletic Ministries, an organization dedicated to providing hope and a future to the at-risk youth of inner-city Memphis, Tenn. through the vehicle of sport. While under his administration, the programs saw a 250 percent increase in participation as Marksberry undertook the responsibilities of marketing, scheduling and managing leagues in over 20 locations around Memphis.
The Union men's soccer record book is riddled with Marksberry's name as, during his time as a collegiate athlete, he found himself landing in numerous top-10 categories in program history. The three-year captain holds the top spot in career games started (87) and games played (89), while finishing with the seventh-best career goals tallied (23) and fourth-best career assists mark (25). Marksberry was also an impressive student, gaining National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Scholar-Athlete nods in 2000 and 2001.
On the pitch awards accumulated by Marksberry included an NCCAA first-team All-American nomination in 2001 after earning Honorable Mention accolades the year prior. He graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Arts degree in Recreation and Sports, notching the highest grade point average among students in his major.
In order to stay at the top of his game at Union, Marksberry trained during the summers with the Botafogo FC in Riberao Preto, Brazil. Botafogo competes in the Campeonato Paulista which is the top professional soccer league in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo.
Marksberry and his wife, Jennifer, reside in Siloam Springs with their two sons, Wyatt and Caleb, and their daughter, Emerie.