The school’s board of trustees, he said, did not believe it had enough data to determine the usefulness of the sports program for the university. Therefore, it could not justify offering Marquer a full-time coaching position, or any increase in compensation. Their $ 15,000-a-year contract would be automatically renewed in early June, and they would try to have another conversation about their future in the spring of 2023. The process was over, the decision was final.
Marquer was baffled, especially by something he had noticed when he was driving on campus that day. The huge electronic sign on the outside of the main entrance carried a message that read, “CONGRATULATIONS SPORTS TEAM SPORTS. NJCAAE CALL OF DUTY: WARZONE NATIONAL CHAMPIONS.
During the months I was talking to Marquer, he had repeatedly assured me that he was confident that he would coach the Golden Eagles for years to come. I wanted to hook him up for his connection to Wyoming, a place he loves so much that he has his state flower, the Indian brush, tattooed on his left edge. “I know there’s a massive youth exodus in this state,” Marquer told me over coffee in February. “I want more young people to stay here. I’m very proud of the people who are here, and I know the players are good especially because it’s very cold. So I just know I can build it from here.” But the school’s indifference to his devotion and financial despair had finally become too much to bear. As much as I wanted to be a rock for Wyoming players, I couldn’t do it anymore.
When Marquer told his athletes about his imminent departure, they were perplexed that the school had such insignificant respect for a coach who had altered the course of their lives. “I was a little surprised that they didn’t try to give him some kind of recognition,” says Travis Jones. “But I am happy for him, because that means he will get what he deserves. He deserves to be paid. “The university has not told the team anything about its plans, and it is unclear whether it will hire a new coach in time to recruit new talent for the fall. With no guidance from above, Jones has assumed sole responsibility for it Vanguard team: has put together a busy summer schedule full of workouts and tournaments, which will fit in while you work as a DoorDash driver and assemble your sixth homebrew computer.
The last time I talked to Marquer about his plans, he was leading his girlfriend’s band to a show in Casper. Marquer has also returned to playing music himself, maintaining guitar and drums, respectively, in two bands called Dirt Sucker and Stay Awhile. (The latter is called the slogan of a prominent figure in the video game of the early 2000s). Devil II.)
From the road, Marquer told me that after much deliberation, he was inclined to look for another job in high school or college sports outside of Wyoming. “It’s an amazing opportunity to be at the forefront of something I’m lucky enough to know,” he said. He and his girlfriend are ready to leave the state and have been talking about starting a family in the not too distant future. So he plans to look for a coaching position in a place where they can afford a home someday. From his initial reading of job vacancies, there are plenty of places for those who want to move to faraway places: he says he found an opening in rural Wisconsin, for example, which offers a starting salary. of $ 5,000 a month. With so many possible paths open before him, Marquer’s future, for the first time in a long time, is shaping up to be more than it seemed.
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