Marshall Takes Over at St. Ignace

ST. IGNACE – A new era begins for the St. Ignace football program this season.

Longtime head coach Marty Spencer retired at the conclusion of the 2016 season. Spencer served as St. Ignace’s JV coach from 1988-1997, Spencer took over the varsity program in 1997 and became the school’s athletic director eight years later.

Inn 20 seasons, Spencer’s teams won 11 conference titles, made the MHSAA playoffs 14 times, captured six district championships and appeared in four state semifinals, falling 35-0 to four-time defending Division 8 state Muskegon Catholic Central last fall.

Chris Marshall, who played and coached under Spencer, now takes over the program.

“I think actually a part of being a decent coach is taking pieces from all those good coaches, good and bad,” Marshall said. “Marty, very high energy, very multi-sets on our offense. So we’re going to try to keep incorporating that.”

The Saints return a good portion from last year’s squad as they eye their 11th straight playoff bid.

“We have a lot of kids that are here,” senior David Vanheuvelen said. “They’re all athletic. I don’t see really any difference with any coaches or anything. But I just hope the season goes well.”

St. Ignace opens its season at Inland Lakes on Thursday, Aug. 24.

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