Alan Marshall, the founder of the Chi-Town Huskies, is a native of Baltimore, Md. where he played soccer, basketball, and ran track at Baltimore Lutheran High School. There was no track team at the school until Coach Wollman saw Marshall's natural speed and promised that if he would attend the school that he would start a track team. So, not surprisingly, it was as a sprinter, on the track team, where he made his biggest impact. During his senior year of high school, he was recruited by Boston University, Georgetown's legendary coach Frank Gagliano, and the University of Virginia. Despite full scholarship offers from each university, Marshall decided to attend Denison University in Granville, Ohio so that he could not only pursue his education but his passion for social justice and civil rights under the mentoring of Dr. Charles Booth in Columbus, Ohio.
In 2010, after a successful career running his own marketing firm, Alan Marshall combined his passion for the civil rights movement with his new found appreciation of the arts and began writing and producing "THE MARCH: A Civil Rights Opera" which was the first opera about the civil rights movement. He then founded the Civil Rights Arts Project and over the next several years wrote, directed and produced nine dramatic works about the civil rights movement, including, "Prelude to a Dream," a portion of which was performed on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial during the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington and "The Birmingham Children's March" which has been performed in schools in more than 20 cities throughout the United States.
Agreeing to coach his son's team was the beginning of a coaching career that has touched the lives of hundreds of young people since. In 2016, Alan Marshall volunteered to coach basketball at John B. Murphy Elementary School where his three children attended. In 2017, he started a girls soccer program and restarted the boys soccer program at Murphy. By 2018, Marshall was coaching 10 teams at Murphy Elementary, including a new track team (like Coach Wollman had done for him) he started after seeing the natural speed of one of his basketball players.
Alan Marshall is a passionate coach who always seems to find ways to get the most of his teams, regardless of their talent level. In his first two years at Murphy, teams he coached have won seven championships. His teams play hard, they play smart, and they always play together.