Clear55° WeatherClear55° Weather

Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum can't run from history

The Storm’s Tim Marcum has won a league-record 200 games, 81 more than the nearest active coach.

Times (2008)

The Storm’s Tim Marcum has won a league-record 200 games, 81 more than the nearest active coach.

TAMPA — Moments after the final whistle sounded in Tampa Bay's 62-61 win against Arizona on Saturday, there was little talk of coach Tim Marcum's milestone.

He wasn't dwelling on a Hall of Fame career. Wasn't basking in the postgame celebration, complete with fireworks and a video tribute on the JumboTron. Wasn't thinking about his 200th win.

Marcum was already focused on No. 201.

"We're going to enjoy some adult beverages," he said, "then start getting ready for Jacksonville."

Jacksonville (3-1) is at 8 tonight at the St. Pete Times Forum. And a week after becoming the first Arena Football League coach to win 200 games, Marcum will try to get the Storm (2-2) over .500 for the first time this season.

"Forget all that (200 win) stuff," said Marcum, whose team plays its first division game of the season tonight.

"We need to get this team on track, and (the Arizona game) was a great start."

Marcum has been as much a part of Arena Football as the 50-yard field and netting that encases the goalposts. He was around for the first season in 1987. This marks his 21st in all and 15th coaching the Storm. Still, Marcum said it has more to do with the players on the field than the coach on the other side of the wall.

"I didn't win one game," he said. "I didn't pitch or catch or block or tackle, not one time. To (get to 200 wins), you have to have good players."

Despite his best efforts to deflect the attention that comes with achieving such a milestone, Marcum's numbers are remarkable. He has won a record seven ArenaBowls, including three with the Storm.

He has coached in 10 of the 22 championship games and is the only man to lead three franchises (Denver, Detroit and Tampa Bay) to titles. Marcum is a member of the Hall of Fame and twice has been named coach of the year (1987 and 1998).

"He's a legend," Storm owner Todd Boren said. "A flat-out legend."

And Marcum's still-rolling record number of wins isn't likely to be eclipsed any time soon. Second in league history is Danny White with 143 victories over 16 seasons. The closest active coach is Chicago's Mike Hohensee, who trails Marcum by 81.

Quarterback Brett Dietz, who is in his third season with the Storm, said Marcum's steady hand has been the key to his success.

"He's as consistent a coach as I've ever been around on a week-to-week basis," he said. "He's clear with the players, and you always know right where you stand."

Dietz said the seven Arena League title rings on Marcum's fingers don't hurt either.

"Winning championships brings respect," he said. "We have a lot of veterans on this team who came to play with Marcum again because they respect him. He demands and deserves that respect."

Tonight

Storm vs. Jacksonville

When/where: 8; St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa

TV/radio: NFL Network; 1250-AM

Tickets: (813) 301-6600 or

tampabaystorm.com

Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum can't run from history 05/06/10 [Last modified: Thursday, May 6, 2010 11:02pm]

© 2014 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...