Coach Marvel | Tell Us Your Story
With the local schools back in full swing, we took the time to sit down with one of our residents who spent 30 years as a coach and educator.
Ed Marvel had aspirations, like many young boys, to play professional baseball. His passion for baseball ultimately led him to become an educator and coach.
He started his high school career at Wiley High School in Terre Haute but finished his it at Gerstmeyer High School. During his high school summers, Ed played American Legion baseball which is where he got his most exposure from professional scouts as a pitcher. One player who Ed played with who did get a lot of exposure was a left-handed pitcher named Tommy John. Tommy John would sign professionally with the Cleveland Indians and be voted a four-time All-Star. After Legion Ball, Ed was still able to continue his career in baseball at Indiana State University while majoring in Education. Ed also received his Master’s Degree in Education at ISU. With Ed being a teacher and having the summers off, he played for many years in a semi-professional league out of Terre Haute.Upon graduation Ed took his first teaching job at an Elementary/Jr. High School in Hutsonville, IL. He only spent one year there before he was able to move back closer to home to take a position teaching Science at Rosedale High School. At Rosedale he coached Varsity Baseball and the Freshman/Junior Varsity Basketball teams.
During Ed’s time at Rosedale, the Principal at Staunton High School, Jack Mayrose, just so happened to be the neighbor of Ed’s in-laws. During the school year, Ed’s teams at Rosedale had beaten Staunton and that wasn’t acceptable to the Staunton Principal. So, Mr. Mayrose told Ed, “Eddie if you come to Staunton you can coach and teach anything you want, because I hate losing to Rosedale.” It was a proposal that Ed couldn’t pass up so he headed to Staunton.
Ed would go on to stay at Staunton for around 12 years until they consolidated with Brazil High School. After two more years, Brazil High School became the current Northview High School where he continued until his retirement. In all Ed coached and taught for over 30 years. Ed really enjoyed his time at the local schools.