Owls hoops coach resigning
For the fifth time in seven years, the Marshall boys' basketball program is looking for a new head coach.
Cody Leonard is stepping down from the position to take over the girls' hoops team at Monroe City, near his home town of Hannibal.
"Just to get closer to home," Leonard explained his decision. "It's as simple as that."
Leonard guided the Owls for three seasons after two previous coaches had one-year hitches. His tenure was the longest since Scott Harrold's term from the 1997 to 2005 seasons. Before coming to Marshall, Leonard had coached at South Shelby.
The Owls were 22-55 during Leonard's tenure, but had improved from three wins his first year to a 9-18 record -- with tournament championships at Stover and Wellington-Napoleon -- last season.
"I think each year we improved," he said. "It's still a young team. I hope whoever they get next will keep the ball rolling."
The search for a replacement is under way, according to MHS athletic director Caleb Crawford. While it's hoped to have a candidate by the May school board meeting, Crawford said care will be taken in finding the right person.
"We don't want to rush into anything," Crawford said.