North High School basketball coach Todd Marks quits

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) – The Eau Claire Area School District announced Wednesday that Todd Marks is stepping down as head basketball coach of the North High School program and will take up the same position at Beloit Memorial High School, according to a statement.

Marks has officially stepped down from his coaching and teaching roles at the school and will also teach English in addition to serving as head coach at Beloit for the 2022-23 school year.

In a statement, North High School athletic director Mike Pernsteiner said the school “has been very fortunate to have Todd as a teacher coach in our building for the past seven years…His presence in the classroom as well than on the basketball court has left a lasting positive impact on many student-athletes.

The Huskies went 13-11 in 2021-22, losing 78-56 to Kimberly in a WIAA regional contest. Marks was 108-59 as a head coach at Eau Claire North and has a career coaching record of 229-160 in 17 years leading the high school basketball programs. Prior to becoming North’s head coach, Marks coached at Bloomer High School for 10 years, compiling a 121-101 record. Marks, a Fall Creek High School graduate and basketball player, spent one season at UW-Platteville before transferring to UW-Eau Claire.

The coaching movement was first reported by Wisconsin Basketball Yearbook’s Mark Miller and WisSports.net on July 2.

Marks replaces interim coach Dakota Lindsey, who was promoted to head coach in January. The Purple Knights went 6-19 last year after losing the entire 2020-21 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Coach Marks’ calm, humble demeanor and competitive nature will certainly be missed at North,” Pernsteiner said. “We appreciate all he has done and wish him well in his new position.”

North High School currently has open head or assistant coaching positions listed on the Wisconsin Education Career Access Network for baseball, women’s hockey, cross country, men’s soccer, women’s tennis, women’s swimming, volleyball and football. The basketball coaching position has yet to be listed.

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