The Upper Arlington High School baseball team needed only two weeks to find a new coach.
Tom Marker was introduced as coach July 14. He comes to UA from Bexley, where he spent the past five seasons.
Marker replaces Matt Middleton, who resigned June 30 after five seasons to become an assistant principal at Hilliard Darby.
“I wanted to be in a community that focuses on achieving in the classroom as well on the field,” said Marker, 33, a 1999 graduate of Steubenville who also spent three seasons at Independence (2006-08) and was Grove City’s pitching coach in 2009. “We’ve had great on-field success. My wife (Amie) and I love this community. We have friends here. I thought it was a great program with great baseball resources that is on the cusp of something special.”
Marker, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grade math at Bexley Middle School, was 82-60 overall at Bexley and has a career record of 122-90. This past season, the Lions went 21-8 overall and 12-2 in the MSL-Ohio Division, capturing a share of their first league title since 1999.
Bexley made its first Division II district final appearance since 1998, losing to eventual state runner-up Jonathan Alder 5-1.