By Jensyn Hartzell
Elm Staff Writer
Senior Dallas Marshall was named Centennial Conference’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year for men’s basketball in 2020. Dallas is originally from Germantown, Maryland where he lives with his mother and father, David and Stephannie Marshall.
He went to Clarksburg High School, where he played basketball and ran track and field. Marshall graduated from Clarksburg as the fifth all-time scoring leader for his basketball team.
He has attended Washington College, majoring in business management, and played on the basketball team for the last four years. During his senior year in 2016, Marshall was one of the three captains of the team and was able to become the 36th player at WC to score over 1,000 points during his collegiate career.
He also ended with the most blocks on the team, second for rebounds per game, and third in points per game.
Coming in as a freshman to the team, Marshall was able to start every game until his very last. The head coach for the men’s basketball team, Aaron Goodman, had nothing but positive things to say about Marshall.
He described him as “exceptionally coachable, a leader by word and example, passionate, and committed.”
Marshall was a part of Goodman’s first recruiting class as a head coach, and as he graduates this year his coach could not be prouder of him; he stated that Dallas will be leaving a “great legacy for his teammates to follow and build on.”
He was the only player to make it on the Centennial Conference Academic Honor Roll from his team in 2020 and achieved this his junior year of college too.
As a business major, he is required to take a financial accounting class, which is taught by one of WC’s men’s basketball team’s biggest fans, Professor Lansing Williams.
He is known to dress up as the founding fathers when he attends basketball games at WC to cheer the Shoremen on, which is greatly appreciated by all students and staff.
Williams expressed that it was always a pleasure to have Marshall in his classes and that he was a “hard-worker that doesn’t accept the easy solutions” as well as able to always “get the job done” in class and on the court. Williams also did not forget to mention that the award was very “well earned.” Balancing both an academic career and an athletic career can be tricky, but Marshall has proved that with determination and hard work, it can be done.
Marshall wanted to make sure to thank his team, coaching staff, and especially his parents. He said that without their endless support, he would have never gotten through the “stressful times” of being an athlete and a student. Marshall has a very bright future ahead of him and his team, colleagues, and professors wish him the very best as he continues through life. The best is yet to come for Dallas Marshall.