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A Win-Win: Marshall returns to Lindsey Wilson to complete his degree

July 09, 2014
Story by Lindsey Wilson Public Relations
 
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- Few have accomplished as much before the age of 40 as Tyrone Marshall.
 
He was a key member of Lindsey Wilson College’s first NAIA national championship team -- the 1995 national champion men’s soccer team in which he was also named the tournament’s most outstanding offensive player. He is a member of the Lindsey Wilson Athletic Hall of Fame.
 
He played in the Major League Soccer from 1998-2012, assisting on the winning goal in the 2002 MLS Cup championship match. He was a member of the Jamaican national team. And earlier this year he was named coach of the River City Rovers, the Premier Development League team based in Louisville, Ky.
 
But until last year the one thing that had eluded Marshall was a college degree.
 
That changed in December when Marshall earned a bachelor of arts degree in history from LWC.
 
Following the 1995-96 school year at LWC, Marshall transferred to Florida International University, where he played on its men’s soccer team from 1996-97. He left college early in 1998 when he was drafted by the Colorado Rapids as the 11th overall pick of the 1998 MLS College Draft.
 
After Marshall retired from playing in the MLS following the 2012 season, he returned to LWC for the spring 2013 semester.
 
“It’s something I always wanted to do -- finish up school. I always said I needed to get it done,” he said. “But when you are playing professional soccer, it’s a little difficult to do. And then I got married, and we started a family so I had other responsibilities.”
 
Marshall and his wife, 1996 LWC alumna Carrie, now live in Lexington, Ky. They have five children, who range in age from 3 to 12.
 
During the two semesters he was back at LWC, Marshall assisted his former LWC coach, Ray Wells, with the current Blue Raider soccer team. That experience gave Marshall a taste of the next career he’d like to pursue: college soccer coach.
 
“Everything worked out because I got to go back to where I started, and I got to work with the Lindsey Wilson soccer program,” he said “It was a win-win situation for me because I eventually want to get into the college ranks and coach soccer.”
 
But Marshall said perhaps the biggest reward of going back to LWC was having his children see LWC President William T. Luckey Jr. hand him the his degree.
 
“It was a great lesson to teach my kids. I told them that one of life’s lessons is that you finish whatever you start in life,” he said. “Graduation was definitely up there in the top five of my life experiences, right after getting married and having kids. Having my kids watch me get my degree was awesome. I can always go back and tell them, that’s what I want to see every one of you do one day.”