At 28, Tom Marker considers himself somewhat of a baseball historian. He hopes his abilities to remember scores, facts and figures as well as situations and scenarios will help him next year as the Bexley High School baseball coach.

At 28, Tom Marker considers himself somewhat of a baseball historian. He hopes his abilities to remember scores, facts and figures as well as situations and scenarios will help him next year as the Bexley High School baseball coach.

Pending board approval, Marker will replace interim coach Harley Williams, who guided the Lions to a 7-13 finish overall after losing to DeSales 4-3 in the second round of the Division II tournament May 15.

"I am definitely looking forward to the competition and talent level of (the MSL-Ohio Division)," Marker said. "I want to restore the Bexley baseball program to where it was in the late 1990s."

Marker has firsthand knowledge of how good the Lions used to be. When Marker was a senior at Steubenville, Bexley defeated the Big Red 8-3 in a 1998 Division II regional semifinal. The Lions finished 22-7 that season, losing to Rocky River 3-1 in a state semifinal.

Marker's decision to coach Bexley might make it tougher for him to attend his high school reunion.

"My coach (Fred Heatherington) already considers me a traitor for playing for Capital since it's in Bexley," said Marker who pitched for the Crusaders from 2000-03. "I'm not sure what has happened to Bexley since then. We want to bring that tradition back."

"I'm really happy he got the Bexley job, but he has to schedule us," said Heatherington, a member of the Ohio High School Baseball Coaches hall of Fame. "We still owe Bexley (for 1998).

"You could tell he was interested in coaching when he was in high school. He'd always ask me questions -- 'What would you do in this situation?'"

Since 2004, the Lions have had only two seasons above .500 (15-9 in 2008 and 14-11 in 2005) and have not finished above third in the MSL-Ohio. Last season, Bexley finished seventh in the league with a 4-10 record.

Williams agreed to take over as coach after first-year coach Scott Brewer was released from his contract after leaving a player at Dublin Jerome after a 13-0 loss.

Marker comes into the job having coached in the MSL as well as the City League, Central Catholic League and the OCC. He was a head coach for three years at Independence and has served as an assistant coach at Whitehall, Ready and Grove City.

Marker's teams went 40-30 at Independence from 2006-08. The Sixers' best finish under Marker was in 2008 when they went 15-9 overall and were runners-up in the City-South at 12-2 behind Briggs (14-0).

Last season, he was an assistant under first-year coach Ryan Alexander at Grove City. The Greyhounds finished 20-8 overall after losing to Pickerington Central 7-2 in a Division I district semifinal. In the OCC-Ohio, Grove City was fourth at 9-5 behind Pickerington North (13-1), Gahanna (11-3) and Pickerington Central (9-4).

Alexander, an academic All-American, played for Muskingum when Marker was at Capital.

"He only struck out twice in his senior year and one of them was against me," Marker said with a laugh. "In college, I hated playing against him. If he got on base, you knew he was going to try to steal second and make something happen. As a coach, he always stressed playing with that aggressive style."

It is the same sort of style that Marker wants to have at Bexley.

"I'm going to emphasize the fundamentals, but we're going to be aggressive," Marker said. "I'm not afraid to use a drag bunt to get a single. We're not going to shy away from competition. We'll play anyone who wants to play us."

Tom Marker is set to become the Bexley baseball coach, pending board approval. Marker, 28, will replace interim coach Harley Williams, who guided the Lions to a 7-13 record last season after first-year coach Scott Brewer was released for leaving a player at an away game early in the season.