March 23, 2011 —
By Bill Mullaly
Hudson High School head wrestling coach Scott “Scooter” Marry has put together quite a run of success the last three years with the Tigers winning three consecutive team state championships. Marry has been at the helm of the Tiger wrestling program for the past 23 years and has achieved pretty much all one could think of in coaching honors. He has produced team state champions, individual state champions, sent wrestlers on to the next level to grapple in college, his sons and nephews have wrestled for him and former wrestlers are now head coaches. Marry is well-known in Michigan high school wrestling circles and earlier this month he was again honored for his coaching prowess. “Scooter” as he is affectionately known by wrestlers and others was named the Michigan High School Wrestling Coaches Associaton (MHSWCA) Coach-of-the-Year. This was the third straight season that Marry has garnered this award and it is no coincidence that his Tigers have also won three consecutive team state titles. The award is selected by the state high school coaches for each of the four divisions and Marry has won the top Division 4 coaching award three years running now. “The award is voted on by the coaches and does not just automatically go to the coach of the state title team,” said Marry, who was pleased to be honored by his fellow coaches. “The coaches know what teams have and what is expected of teams each year and I was happy to know that they felt I was worthy of the honor. It is just kind of ironic that it has been given to me in the years that we won state titles because we also have had some other real good years.”
Marry noted that former Tiger standout wrestler and two-time Hudson state champion wrestler Casey Randolph, who is presently the head coach at Tecumseh, was also awarded the Division 2 Coach-of-the-Year despite the Indians falling in the state semifinal match in a close loss to Greenville. “Casey was very deserving of the award and even though they didn’t win it all the coaches recognized the great season that Tecumseh had over there in Casey’s second year,” said Marry, who coached Randolph during his prep career. “I was real pleased to see Casey win the award and it is always special to see a former wrestler go on to have success as a coach.” Randolph also doubles as the Tecumseh athletic director.
Marry has posted a won-loss mark of 603-133 in his 23 years leading the Tiger grapplers. He hit win number 600 with the regional victory over Addison this past February and then tacked on the final three to win the team state title. “It is always nice to be recognized for your hard work but it is the kids doing the wrestling,” said Marry, who has coached sons, Derrik and Devan, and several nephews for the past five seasons. “This award that I received is a reflection of our Hudson wrestling club, the middle school program and the work of my assistant coaches. At all levels in this community wherever wrestling is involved the expectations are high and when they are set high like that good things happen.”
Marry, to be in the running for state coach-of-the-year, had to first be named regional coach-of-the-year, which he was and then after turning out another state title team the veteran coach, known as a stern task master, was selected by his peers for yet another state coaching honor.
“Each season at Hudson we set the bar high and have great expectations for what he want to accomplish and the kids always seem to find a way to step up at achieve some huge things,” said Marry, who during the school day is a fine middle school mathematics teacher as well. We set the expectations high and the kids in the program know that, as do the young ones coming in who catch on real quick as to what is expected.”
Marry’s teams since he took over in the winter of 1988-89 have produced three state team championships and six regional crowns to go with a few LCAA titles as well. Marry has been named regional coach-of-the-year all six times his teams have captured the regional team title. Also, he has been named Lenawee County coach-of-the-year over a half dozen times during his tenure with this past January being his most recent selection for that local award. “It’s all about the program and the kids and we have some really great and dedicated coaches working with these boys,” said Marry, whose oldest son, Derrik, is a freshman wrestler at Eastern Michigan University. “Derrik just red-shirted his first year and is excited about earning some mat time next season.”
Marry’s youngest son, Devan, just finished his junior season as the state individual runner-up after winning individual titles the first two seasons on the high school mat. Scooter was also himself an outstanding high school wrestler for the Tigers in the early 1980′s along with being a key defensive player on the 1982 Tiger football team that made it all the way to the state semifinals.
Besides his wrestling coaching success Marry was for many years the junior varsity football coach for the Hudson program and many credit him for helping the varsity reload each season instead of having to rebuild. Marry just this past fall spent his first autumn away from the sidelines to devote more time to the wrestling program and to his first love, his family, which also includes wife, Paula, and daughter, Destini. a seventh grader. Congratulations coach “Scooter” on another great wrestling season for you and your Tigers!