Q&As with the Men's Basketball Staff

Oct. 26, 2009

This summer the Crimson ZZU men's basketball blog ran a week-long feature of Q&As with members of the new coaching staff, operations assistant Tim Marrion, coordinator of basketball operations Jared Barrett and the three assistant coaches, Curtis Allen, Jeff Hironaka and Ben Johnson. With the first game quickly approaching, this week you can check out these Q&As once again on www.wsucougars.com.

Next Wednesday head coach Ken Bone will be featured on Cougar Chats series on www.wsucougars.com. Until then you can get to know the rest of the staff. Today the Q&A with Tim Marrion kicks off the week-long series.

Q&A with Tim Marrion
No stranger to the area, Tim Marrion returns to Pullman as the coordinator of basketball operations after graduating from Washington State in 2006. While with the Cougars, Marrion served as a student manager for three seasons and majored in sport management. He spent the last three seasons as a member of the San Jose State men's basketball staff, serving as an administrative assistant in 2006-07, assistant coach 2007-08 and director of basketball operations in 2008-09. At age 22 at the time of his appointment, he was believed to be the youngest full-time assistant coach in Division I men's basketball for 2007-08.

1. Q: What made you decide to return to Washington State?
A: It was a great opportunity for me professionally to work with Coach Bone and the staff he assembled here, especially working in the Pac-10. I guess it's always been a dream of mine to come back and work in the Pac-10 ever since I decided that I wanted to be a coach.

2. Q: How does it feel to be back working at your alma mater?
A: It's weird, I never thought I'd be back here, but it's exciting. People are welcoming me with open arms. It's exciting to be back here.

3. Q: What did you like best about WSU as a student?
A: As a student I liked the amount of school pride that everyone has. It definitely separates itself from other schools in how prideful and how much spirit the students, the university and the city have not only for the school but for athletics.

4. Q: What are the biggest changes you've noticed since you left WSU following graduation?
A: Everything's been upgraded around here. When I was here the foundation was kind of being set for the success that Coach Tony had once I had graduated. Even though I didn't get to be there and experience the success, just being here with new offices and upgraded facilities is nice. There's a great amount of enthusiasm and support for men's basketball, that, I don't know if it was there before, but it's obviously very present now.

5. Q: How has your experience at San Jose State helped your career?
A: It helped out immensely. It was my first job out of college and although I didn't have much experience in coaching before that, I was fortunate to work under a head coach who kind of let me get my hands dirty and get to learn a lot on my own and through trial and error.

6. Q: What do you like best about working with a men's basketball program?
A: Basketball is a sport I'm very passionate about. People always say, `Find something you love to do and you'll never have to work a day in your life.' This is one of those jobs where I look forward to coming to work. My day-to-day stuff is fun, it's what I enjoy doing and I'm very fortunate to be able to make a living doing that.

7. Q: What is the toughest part about working in college athletics?
A: For me personally, I guess, as a young coach, it's tough to gain credibility from the players because I'm a young guy just like they are.

8. Q: Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
A: In 10 years I hope to either be a successful full-time assistant coach or a successful full-time head coach somewhere, being happy, making money, winning games.

9. Q: What is your favorite city to go on basketball road trips?
A: It would have to be going to Hawaii. They're in the WAC, so we played them once a year. There's nothing like calling someone here on the main land and saying, 'Hey, I'm in Hawaii, what are you up to?'

10. Q:If you didn't work in basketball, what would you want to do?
A: I'd probably be a teacher. I think that's something that's always intrigued me too. It kind of goes hand-in-hand with basketball, being a coach, finding something you're passionate for.

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