JONESBORO, Ark. (1/4/13) - Arkansas State head football coach Bryan Harsin announced Friday that Lee Marks has been named the Red Wolves' Assistant Director of Strength and Conditioning.
Marks, an All-Western Athletic Conference running back at Boise State from 2002-05 while Harsin was on the Broncos coaching staff, comes to Arkansas State after most recently serving as South Dakota State's running backs coach in 2012. Marks is replacing Jeff Jones, who recently accepted a similar position at another university, on the ASU strength and conditioning staff.
South Dakota State, ranked No. 21 in the latest Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision poll, produced a 9-4 overall record and claimed a 58-10 victory over Eastern Illinois in the first round of the NCAA FCS playoffs during Marks lone season with the Jackrabbits.
Marks oversaw the efforts of All-America running back Zach Zenner, who rushed for 2,044 yards for 13 touchdowns while adding 28 receptions for another 197 yards. He crossed the 100-yard mark in nine games and topped 200 yards three times, including a school-record 295 yards in SDSU's win over Eastern Illinois. Zenner was honored on All-America teams selected by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, AFCA, Sports Network and Associated Press.
Prior to South Dakota State, Marks spent two seasons as the running backs coach and graduate assistant at the University of Sioux Falls. The high-powered Cougar offense ranked second in the NAIA for in total points (577) during the 2010 season and 18th in rushing yards (2,254).
Before joining the Sioux Falls staff, Marks spent three seasons at the University of Colorado, where he served as an assistant speed and strength and conditioning coach while working closely with current Arkansas State Director of Strength and Conditioning Jeff Pitman.
"Coach Marks has a history with Coach Pitman, and I know they will work well together to help produce outstanding results in our strength and conditioning and speed training programs," said Harsin. "He brings experience as both a position and strength and conditioning coach, and can even go back to his time as an all-conference player while working with our team and, specifically, our speed training program."
During his playing career at Boise State, Marks led the Broncos in rushing two seasons. He accumulated 1,773 rushing yards and eight touchdowns over his final two seasons as a starter. He helped lead BSU to four bowl games, was a two-time all-Western Athletic Conference selection and was the team's offensive MVP in 2005. Marks was also a standout sprinter on the BSU track and field team. He later played one season with the Boise Burn of the Arena Football League.