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Long-time eastern Iowa high school coach tries to make history

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When the buzzer goes off, the varsity high school boys basketball players in Cascade, know it's more than just winning a game.

"By making them better people," said Al Marshall, long-time Cascade boys varsity head coach. "If they can become better people, they'll become better players."

This is Marshall's 46th year coaching the same team, in the same town and probably the same rules.

He has a few things he drives home: aggressive, poise, confidence, intelligence," said senior varsity player Nolan Weber. "Growing up I've always seen Coach Marshall coaching the Cascade basketball team."

Nolan says Marshall's coaching doesn't just stay on the back board, he expects his players to follow those same rules off the court.

"I'm old, I've coached a long time, I've been fortunate to have a lot of good players for a lot of years," said Marshall. "In the Basketball sense we believe in fundamentals, but off the court I want them to develop as young men, become more mature, understanding and reacting negatively to things doesn't work, doesn't help us."

Tuesday, the team played against Anamosa and the game would've been Marshall's 700th career win, making him the third coach in the state to reach that milestone and the only one to do it at the same school.

However the game went into overtime Anamosa took the 56-49 win.

"It's not just about winning," said Weber. "He holds us to the highest standard and has us play the best everyday. He always expects the best out of us."

So whether Coach Marshall's players are dribbling life's problems, or trying to fadeaway an upset on the court, his team says he's is always there before, during, and long after the buzzer.

"What motivates me day in day out to see our team get better. I enjoy coaching it's my passion, I enjoy seeing a team get better collectively. I enjoy helping people get better invidiously," said Coach Marshall.

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