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Marsh Returns for Salamanca Football

When he stepped away from the Salamanca varsity football coaching job, Jason Marsh had a feeling it wouldn’t be for good. Now, just a year later, Marsh returns to lead the Warriors’ team in 2013.

“I always knew that someday that I’d want to do it again,” Marsh said. “I enjoy it. It’s fun. It always has its moments, but for the most part, I enjoy working with the kids, I enjoy trying to motivate them and I definitely enjoy the X’s and O’s of it.”

Marsh inherits a team fresh off a league championship from Paul Furlong, who left for a position at Allegany-Limestone.

It was an easy decision for athletic director Chris Siebert.

“Jason always was our football coach,” Siebert said. “He didn’t apply last year. He didn’t want the position at the time (for) his own personal reasons. This year, he did apply for it and did want it.”

Siebert added he appreciated the work Furlong did last season. Marsh agreed.

“You couldn’t have asked for someone to do a better job than he did,” Marsh said.

As with any other school coaching position, the head football coach is a yearly appointment. Marsh, a former Salamanca player, explains he left the top job at the football program to spend more time with his family.

“My son started playing pee wee football and my daughter is involved with soccer and I just felt like I was missing some things,” he said. “I just sat and looked at things and I feel that there are things that I can do differently and more efficiently so that I won’t miss those things in their lives.”

But he kept in the loop on the program, volunteering as a junior varsity assistant.

“Some people think I was crazy volunteering with the J.V. program every day and then I’d go down and coach my son’s pee wee football team, but actually I had a blast doing it,”