Coach involves players in dubious stunt

BY foxsports • September 29, 2011

It’s not uncommon for coaches to search for innovative ways to motivate their teams. A junior varsity coach in Marcellus, NY just took the cake.

Following a loss Saturday afternoon to Skaneateles, Marcellus head coach Jim Marsh took his team to a cemetery at which point the players were instructed to lay on top of graves, reports the Syracuse Post-Standard. In an attempt to inspire passionate play from his players, Marsh gave a speech about the importance of giving all that you have and seizing the moment.

Sources told the Post-Standard that: “Marsh, also an English teacher at the high school, ordered the team bus to pull over near the cemetery. He then asked the roughly two dozen players to get out and lay on the graves.

“The players rested there for several minutes while Marsh preached about the importance of playing hard, and how those buried underneath them would cherish the opportunity to trade places with the players and fight to win.

“Marsh then urged the Mustangs to rise from the dead and bring their season back to life.”

School officials are reportedly investigating the incident, interviewing both players and parents.

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