Greg Marshall
Western Mustangs
Born: (1959-04-16) April 16, 1959 (age 65)
Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Career information
CFL statusNational
Position(s)Head coach
Height6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight225 lb (102 kg)
UniversityWestern Ontario
CFL draft1982, Round: Territorial exemption
Drafted byEdmonton Eskimos
Career history
As coach
1984–1991Western Mustangs
1992–1996Western Mustangs (OC)
1997–2003McMaster Marauders (HC)
20042006Hamilton Tiger-Cats (HC)
2006Western Mustangs (OC)
2007–presentWestern Mustangs (HC/OC)
As player
19821984Edmonton Eskimos
Career highlights and awards
  • Vanier Cup champion (1989, 1994, 2017, 2021)
  • 23× Yates Cup champion (1979, 1980, 1981, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2000–2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2021, 2022, 2023)

Greg Marshall (born April 19, 1959)[1] is a former Canadian football running back and current head coach for the University of Western Ontario's football team, the Western Mustangs. Marshall was the head coach with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League (CFL) from 2004 to 2006. Prior to his time with the Tiger-Cats, Marshall was the head coach of McMaster University's football team. He is the brother of Blake Marshall.

Playing career

Marshall had a successful collegiate career at the University of Western Ontario, and as a running back won the 1980 Hec Crighton Trophy as Canada's best collegiate player. Following his time in university, Marshall moved to the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos. Marshall played three years, from 1982 to 1984, in the CFL with the Eskimos, winning a Grey Cup in the 70th incarnation of the Canadian football championship game. Marshall's Eskimos defeated the Toronto Argonauts 32–16, the last of Edmonton's legendary five Grey Cups in a row.

After his playing career, Marshall moved back to Western Ontario in 1984 to join the coaching staff.

Coaching career

First university stint

Marshall coached at Western from 1984 to 1996, becoming the school's offensive coordinator in 1992 and helping the team win two Vanier Cups. In 1997, Marshall was lured to McMaster University and became the school's head coach.

In his first experience as a head coach, Marshall was an immediate success. McMaster went winless the season before Marshall's arrival, and he improved the team to a less disgraceful 2–5–1. The next year, McMaster made its first playoff appearance in twelve seasons, and in 1999 McMaster made the conference finals, where they were defeated by Wilfrid Laurier University. This was good enough to make Marshall OUA Coach of the Year.

In 2000, McMaster won their first Yates Cup but were defeated by the University of Ottawa in the chase for the Vanier Cup. Marshall was named the CIS Coach of the Year, becoming only the second person ever to be named both the top player and the top coach in Canadian university football. From 2000 to 2003, Marshall led McMaster to a record-tying four consecutive Yates Cup championships, but never once captured the Vanier Cup as Canadian university football's top team.

Professional coach

Marshall joined the Hamilton Tiger-Cats to start the 2004 CFL season, replacing the legendary Ron Lancaster as head coach. The Tiger-Cats had finished with only a single win in 2003, and expectations on Marshall were not high. He was both the Tiger-Cats' first Canadian-born head coach and the first CIS coach to be named directly to a head coaching position in the CFL.

Under Marshall, the Tiger-Cats exceeded all expectations. The team won its first three games and finished at 9–8–1, good enough to make the playoffs in the East Division and make Marshall the first rookie head coach to be named Coach of the Year since Edmonton's Ray Jauch in 1970. The Tiger-Cats lost the East Semi-Final to Toronto 24–6.

2005 was a regression for the Tiger-Cats, as they finished last in the league at 5–13. Thanks to mediocre performances from a succession of quarterbacks that included Danny McManus, Khari Jones, Marcus Brady, and Kevin Eakin, the Tiger-Cats were forced to trade for Edmonton quarterback Jason Maas in the off-season. However, with the arrival of Maas and the emergence of young running back Jesse Lumsden as a legitimate threat late in the season, expectations were higher on Marshall and the Tiger-Cats for the 2006 season.

2006 started off very rocky for Marshall, going into the current campaign with four straight losses, putting his very short coaching career in jeopardy. The situation was finally put on ice as general manager Rob Katz and owner Bob Young made the tough decision to end his tenure with the club, making Lancaster interim head coach once more.

CFL coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
HAM 2004 9 8 1 .529 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Finals
HAM 2005 5 13 0 .278 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
HAM 2006 0 4 0 .000 4th in East Division (fired)
Total 14 25 1 .363 0 East Division
0 1 0 Grey Cups

Second university stint

In August 2006, Marshall returned to Western Ontario as offensive co-ordinator, which generated a large amount of coverage due to his prominence as a CFL coach.[2] After the retirement of longtime Western coach Larry Haylor, Marshall became head coach of the program in 2007.

He has since led the Mustangs to six Yates Cup conference championships in 2007, 2008, 2010, 2013, 2017 and 2018. He made his first appearance as a head coach in the Vanier Cup game in 2008, but lost to the perennial power house Laval Rouge et Or.[3] Marshall would go on to win the Vanier Cup against Laval in 2017, his first national championship as a head coach.[4]

In 2018 and 2019, Marshall was named U Sports Coach of the Year for the second and third time in his coaching career, tying him with Tuffy Knight for most all-time.[5] In 2021, Marshall led the Mustangs to the eighth Vanier Cup championship in program history and his second as head coach.[6]


  1. ^ "Western Mustang's Greg Marshall Named OUA Coach of the Year". Archived from the original on July 8, 2011.
  2. ^ Morris Dalla Costa (August 17, 2006). "Marshall re-energizes London". London Free Press.
  3. ^ "2009 CIS Football Championship- Vanier Cup". Archived from the original on January 26, 2010. Retrieved November 4, 2010. Laval downs Western 44-21, wins fifth Vanier Cup
  4. ^ "Western crushes Laval to win seventh Vanier Cup title -". Retrieved January 15, 2019.
  5. ^ "Merchant wins Hec Crighton Award & Marshall is U SPORTS Coach of the Year at All-Canadian Gala". Western Mustangs Sports. Retrieved December 9, 2019.
  6. ^ "Scotiabank Vanier Cup, presented by Levio: Western tops Saskatchewan for eighth championship in program history". U Sports. December 4, 2021.

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