Gregg Marshall resigns as Wichita State men’s basketball coach

Wichita State University announced Tuesday that Gregg Marshall has resigned as the men’s head basketball coach for the Shockers.   The resignation is effective immediately.

Marshall said in his resignation letter,

“This was a difficult decision, but one I feel was necessary for my family, the university and, most importantly, the student-athletes,” Marshall said. “I remain grateful for my years spent at Wichita State. I wish to thank the coaches, student-athletes, the university, the community, and all of Shocker Nation for their unending dedication, support and loyalty. I am incredibly proud of this men’s basketball program and all it has achieved over the past 14 years and am confident of its continued success.  I’m incredibly proud of this basketball program. Our family – Lynn, Kellen, and Maggie – love Wichita.” 

As part of Marshall’s resignation, Wichita State has agreed to a contract settlement for $7.75 million to be paid over a period of six years.   The University’s Intercollegiate Athletic Association will cover the settlement.

WSU athletic director Daron Boatright said student-athletes are the primary concern, and while the University acknowledges the success of the program under Marshall, this decision is in the best interest of the university, its student-athletes and the WSU community.

Assistant coach Isaac Brown will serve as the team’s interim head coach.

Marshall has been under investigation by the University for incidents involving players and assistant coaches, and he has denied allegations of physical and verbal abuse.   He served 13 seasons at Wichita State and led the Shockers to an NIT championship in 2011 and a Final Four appearance in 2013.

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