Marsh Brought Luster Back to Salamanca

He knows his name will likely never be permanently etched alongside the legendary ones that came before him.

Few football coaches could ever keep that kind of company.

From 1957-1973, Joe Sanfilippo went 95-33-4, good for a winning percentage of .735. He was followed by the iconic George Whitcher, who finished an eye-popping 167-59-5 (.734) in 25 campaigns. Rich Morton continued the winning tradition, going 42-19 across his six seasons from 1999-2004.

Each of these men — especially the former two — were part of the fabric of Salamanca football, setting or continuing the winning culture, forever living on in the program’s rich history.

But for one night, Jason Marsh, the current Salamanca coach, could be mentioned in the same breath as his predecessors, joining them as a winner of the Big 30 Coach of the Year Award — the most highly regarded of the Times Herald’s football honors.

Marsh was presented the prize — now named the Alfred Joe Bunnell-Rod Rohl Memorial Award — at the 64th Annual Football Testimonial Tuesday night in Allegany.

“It really is an honor to receive the award,” said Marsh, who just completed his seventh season with the Warriors. “To think about the coaches that have gotten it before me — Sanfilippo, Whitcher, Morton — to have my name mentioned alongside of theirs...

“I’ll never be able to fill their shoes or have the kind of success that those guys had, but it is definitely an honor to receive that award.”

He added: “It’s an award that really reflects upon what we did as a whole. You’ve got to thank your coaches for what they did, and your players ... it’s a team award.”

To Marsh, who played for Whitcher in the early