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Career Record: 455-258 (23 seasons)
Career Record at Division I schools: 332-223 (18 seasons)

At Louisiana (107-92; 7th season)
• 2014 NCAA Tournament
• 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament Champions
• 2011 SBC West Division Champions
• 23 wins in 2013-14 was most at Louisiana since the 1999-2000 season
• 45 wins in two-year span (2013-15) are the most since equaling total from 1982-84
• 13 home wins in back-to-back seasons (2014, 2015) was the most in Cajundome since 1991-92 season
• Led UL to 11-game home win streak to open season; best start in history since moving to the Cajundome
• Elfrid Payton selected as 2014 NBA lottery pick (10th overall)
• Shawn Long selected as a member of the 2015 U.S. Pan American team, helping team win bronze medal
• Shawn Long selected as Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year and named to AP All-America team
• Coached three career 1,000-point scorers in 2013-14 (Elfrid Payton, Shawn Long, Bryant Mbamalu)
• Kasey Shepherd became the school’s 43rd player to reach 1,000-point mark in 2015-16
• Led Ragin’ Cajuns to nine-game win streak during 2015-16 SBC play, winning by an average of 16 points during the span
• Led UL to 11-game win streak in first season (2010-11), the longest such streak at the school in 38 years
• In 12 semesters as head coach, Marlin's teams have posted eight of the top 10 team GPA's in program history, including the top four marks
• Since his arrival at UL, has led Louisiana to a 51-23 record in games played in the months of February and March, including a 28-12 mark in the past three seasons
• Among Sun Belt Conference schools, the Ragin’ Cajuns have finished in the top four in 3-point field goal percentage in four of Marlin’s six seasons.
• Marlin’s last three teams have averaged +3.4 or better in rebound margin and have led the Sun Belt Conference two of the past three seasons.

With his team competing at a championship level both on the floor and in the classroom, Bob Marlin enters his seventh season as head coach of the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns men’s basketball team

Marlin, the 13th coach in the school’s storied history on the hardwood, has been the architect of a resurgence of the Ragin’ Cajuns as he has led the team to four postseason appearances in the past five years. With a combined total of 45 wins in a period from 2013-15, Marlin helped the Ragin’ Cajuns equal the win total set from 1982-84 that was capped by a Final Four appearance in the National Invitational Tournament.

Led by Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year Shawn Long, the Ragin’ Cajuns finished 19-15 overall under Marlin and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Tournament for the second consecutive year. Long finished an illustrious career as the UL and Sun Belt Conference all-time leader in rebounds (1,447) and finished second in SBC history in both points (2,342) blocked shots (273).

Long, who would average a double-double during his UL career, finished 12th in NCAA history in career double-doubles (75) and became the seventh player in NCAA history to score at 2,300 points while grabbing 1,400 rebounds.

Four-year letterwinner Steven Wronkoski finished his career as the Ragin’ Cajuns all-time leader in games played (136) while Kasey Shepherd became the 43rd player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark.

Marlin and the Ragin’ Cajuns opened the season by winning their first 11 games in the friendly confines of the Cajundome – the best start since moving into the facility in 1985 –and added a nine-game win streak in Sun Belt Conference play. While Long led the league in scoring, rebounds and blocked shots, Bryce Washington paced the SBC in field goal percentage (.590) and Shepherd made 83 of 94 free throws (.883) to lead the conference.

With a 22-14 record in 2014-15, Marlin helped lead the Ragin’ Cajuns to the quarterfinals of the Tournament. Led by Shawn Long, a first-team all-Sun Belt Conference selection, Lou Henson All-American and 2015 member of the U.S. Pan American men’s basketball team, Marlin’s squad averaged 77.5 points per game to rank 16th among all NCAA Division I programs.

Marlin spent the first three seasons building the foundation of the program and setting the tone for future development before the Ragin’ Cajuns broke through the barrier, claiming its first official NCAA Tournament appearance since 2000 after sweeping their way to three wins at the 2014 Sun Belt Conference Tournament championship in a dramatic 38-hour span.

The Ragin’ Cajuns finished with 23 wins during the 2013-14 season, their most since the 1983-84 campaign and tied for the second most in program history. The season included the stellar play of point guard Elfrid Payton, who would be named the Lefty Driesell Defensive Player of the Year and would eventually become the 10th overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft as an underclassman.

Payton, who was drafted by the Philadelphia 76er’s before being traded to the Orlando Magic on draft day, became the 20th Ragin’ Cajun to be selected in the NBA Draft and the first taken in the first round since Kevin Brooks in 1991.

Long joined Payton on the all-Sun Belt Conference first team, while Bryant Mbamalu and Xavian Rimmer each earned individual honors in being named to the SBC Tournament all-tournament team, with Mbamalu earning tournament MVP honors after averaging 18.3 points and helping the Cajuns to wins over UT Arlington, second-seeded Western Kentucky and top-seeded Georgia State.

The 2013-14 season included a number of other program watermarks, including winning the EA Sports Maui On The Mainland Tournament and the most wins in the Cajundome (13) in the last 23 years. The team also made and attempted more foul shots than any season in the last 42 years of the program. The Cajuns’ 246 three-point buckets were the most in 17 years. The Ragin' Cajuns 81.0 scoring average led the Sun Belt Conference and was 14th nationally among all Division I programs.

Marlin, whose Division I teams have consistently finished in the top three of the conference standings in 15 of 23 years along with a top four finish in 19 of 23 seasons, begins the year with a 332-223 record in 18 seasons as a Division I head coach, including an 107-92 mark at Louisiana. When you add in his 123 wins in five seasons at Pensacola Junior College, Marlin owns a 23-year head coaching record of 455-258 (.638).

In his first two seasons in Lafayette, Marlin guided the Cajuns to 21 Sun Belt Conference victories, the second-highest total in the league during that period. Louisiana went 16-16 in 2011-12, the most wins in for the Cajuns since 2002-03, advancing to the Tournament. It marked the first post-season appearance for the Cajuns since 2003 and the first played on campus since 1985.

With a history of success in the final leg of the season dating back to his coaching days at Sam Houston State, Marlin took a young squad in 2012-13 that had just four returning lettermen and one starter and molded them into a program that would soon taste the success of a championship.

Overcoming a season that saw the Ragin’ Cajuns drop nine games by five points or less, Marlin’s squad rebounded in February, posting a 6-5 mark that included a 19-point win over North Texas in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Championships – the Ragin’ Cajuns first win in the league tournament in a span of seven games dating back to 2004-05. The other four trips to the SBC Tournament saw Marlin's teams receive a first-round bye.

The result of Marlin’s coaching would then lead to a banner summer for the Cajuns.

Payton emerged during the season as one of the top players in the Sun Belt by earning first team all-league honors. Then, during the spring and summer, Payton elevated his game further, proving himself capable of playing with the nation’s best players after helping Team USA to a gold medal at the FIBA U19 World Championship.

Long earned Sun Belt Freshman of the Year honors after becoming the third Cajun to average a double-double for an entire season.

Just before the start of classes in August, Marlin took the Ragin’ Cajuns overseas, going 4-0 during an 11-day tour of Spain. It was the first time that the team had made a foreign tour, with the trip further cementing the bond amongst the team members.

The 2013-14 season was a memorable one for the Ragin’ Cajuns, that included a pair of wins in the EA Sports Maui on the Mainland Tournament, along with non-conference wins over McNeese State, Northwestern State, Houston and Louisiana Tech, handing the Bulldogs their only loss in Ruston during the season. For his efforts, Marlin was named Coach of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association with Payton being named the state’s top player.

And after an early struggle in January that saw the Cajuns open Sun Belt Conference action with a 3-5 record, the team turned its fortunes around with Marlin at the helm during the final month and a half of play.

A dominating win at home over ULM to open the month of February, coupled with thrilling road victories at UT Arlington and Texas State, propelled the Ragin’ Cajuns to a six-game win streak and 11 wins over their final 14 games. A seven-point deficit with just under two minutes to play in the regular-season finale at Arkansas State wasn’t too big for the Ragin’ Cajuns to overcome as Payton scored the final eight points of the game and helped Louisiana secure its first 20-win season in over a decade and the No. 3 seed in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.

After a victory over UTA in the opening round at New Orleans’ Lakefront Arena, the Ragin’ Cajuns would use a late rally to knock off WKU – the two-time defending champion – in the semifinals before rallying from a nine-point deficit against Georgia State with just over three minutes remaining to force overtime and eventually pull out an 82-81 overtime thriller.

Marlin took over as the 13th head basketball coach in program history on March 29, 2010, inheriting a program that had a rich tradition of basketball success and had fallen on hard times. Marlin’s process was accelerated in his first season by rattling off 11 straight wins, the nation’s longest active streak at the time.

For Marlin, the win streak matched the 11-game stretch that he opened Southland Conference play with in his final season at Sam Houston in 2009-10.

His first Cajun team hung a banner for the Western Division championship and the Cajun Nation was soon electrified.

“Our first season was one of the most exciting season’s I have been a part of,” Marlin said. “The way our community got behind our team and helped create a tremendous atmosphere at the Cajundome was phenomenal. It was just a glimpse of what this program can do in the future.”

Fans have shown their supported of the Ragin' Cajuns during Marlin's first five seasons in Lafayette, helping UL lead the Sun Belt Conference in attendance three times in six years (2010-11, 2014-15 and 2015-16). During the 2013-14 year, Louisiana ranked second in the Sun Belt Conference in average attendance.

A passionate Ragin’ Cajun fan base immediately responded to the success on the court as Louisiana led the Sun Belt in attendance during the 2010-11 season averaging nearly 4,000 per game during the season, with a league-high average of over 4,700 fans per game attending during SBC play. A crowd of 8,066 for the 2010-11 home finale against league rival Denver was the third-largest in the Cajundome in almost a decade.

The Cajuns followed up the magical 2010-11 season with Marlin’s process in full swing. The 2011-12 squad showed tremendous improvement and finished the regular season with the first winning campaign in five years. Louisiana hosted a postseason game in the Cajundome for the first time ever, facing Rice in the Tournament.

Marlin’s players have also performed well in the classroom since he took over the reins of the program in 2010. After inheriting a program that produced a cumulative GPA of 2.1 during the previous academic year, Marlin and his staff immediately worked with the team in improving in that area.

The success in the classroom was almost instantaneous as the Cajuns posted a 2.487 GPA in the Fall 2010 semester and 2.641 GPA in the spring of 2011 – the first of eight straight semesters that the team would a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above.

The Ragin’ Cajuns would post a program record 2.904 GPA during the Spring 2013 semester, breaking the old mark of 2.824 set in the fall of 2006. Since Louisiana began tracking student-athlete academic accomplishments in 1982, the top four semester GPAs and eight of the top 10 have come under Marlin’s watch.

During Marlin’s tenure at UL, 28 players have been named to either the Sun Belt Conference Academic Honor Roll or the Sun Belt Commissioner’s List.

The success so far at Louisiana is no surprise as Marlin, and his players, have won at every level - both on the court and in the classroom - that he has coached. During Marlin's 18-year tenure as a Division I head coach, 70 of 81 seniors (86.4 percent) have gone on to earn their respective degree, including 20 of 25 who have earned their degree since Marlin's arrival in Lafayette. Of the 11 players who did not earn a degree, nine went on to pursue a professional basketball career with one currently in school to finish his degree.

As a head coach, Marlin has coached two NBA draft choices, a NJCAA National Player of the Year, one NJCAA Student-Athlete of the Year, eight All-Americans, three conference players of the year, three league newcomers of the year, two freshmen of the year, three league student-athletes of the year, 46 all-conference selections, four academic All-Americans, and 66 academic all-conference student-athletes.

During Marlin's 23-year tenure as a head coach, that includes three trips to the NCAA Tournament, his teams have employed a fast-paced style of basketball that has averaged 78.3 points per game during that span. His teams have averaged over 70 points per game 22 of the 23 years and have recorded four scoring titles at the Division I level, including four straight SBC scoring titles.

At Sam Houston State (225-131; 12 seasons)
• Southland Conference Coach of the Decade (2000-10)
• 2010 Skip Prosser Man of the Year (sponsored by
• 2010 NABC District 23 Coach of the Year
• Southland Coach of the Year (2000, 2003, 2010)
• NCAA Tournament Qualifier (2003, 2010)
• Southland Conference Championships (2000, 2003, 2010)
• Southland Conference Tournament Championships (2003, 2010)

Marlin came to Louisiana after being the winningest coach in Sam Houston State history, compiling a 225-131 record from 1998-2010 that including winning records in 10 seasons of the 12 seasons.

The winningest coach in the Southland Conference during his tenure, he won 20 or more games six times and winning three regular season and two league tournament titles. He was named the Southland Conference Coach of the Year three times (2000, 2003 & 2010) and was the Southland Coach of the Decade (2000-10).

Before leaving Huntsville for Lafayette in 2010, Marlin ranked second behind one of his mentors – former ULM coach Mike Vining – among all Southland Conference coaches with 225 victories. Currently second in SLC history in average wins per season (20.4), Marlin’s .632 winning percentage with the Bearkats is the ninth-best in the league’s illustrious history, while he is one of just four coaches to win 200 or more games in the league.

Home court advantage is something Marlin took to a new level at SHSU. The Bearkats were an astonishing 134-29 (.822) in Marlin’s tenure, including a 45-game non-conference home win streak over 10 seasons that ranked second nationally behind only Duke.

Marlin’s process has been proven to build programs to new heights. SHSU had never won more than 10 games at the Division I level before Marlin’s arrival. In just his second year in 1999-2000, Marlin guided the Bearkats to a 22-7 record and their first ever Southland Conference Championship.

From 2000 until his departure in 2010, SHSU ranked second among the 20 Division I schools in Texas with 215 victories and .651 winning percentage under Marlin.

The Bearkats’ 12-1 non-conference record in 2007-08 was the school’s best non-conference record at the NCAA Division I level in history and equaled the most regular season non-conference wins for a Southland Conference team since 1991. During the team’s 10-0 start, SHSU received votes in the Associated Press national top 25 for the first time.

From the 2004-05 season until his departure in 2010, Marlin’s teams won a minimum of 18 games each year, recorded four 20-win seasons and never finished lower than third place in the Southland Conference standings.

Marlin saved his best season for last in Huntsville, setting a school record for victories with a 25-8 mark, including a 13-1 record at home and winning the Southland Conference title with a 14-2 record. The Bearkats defeated Nicholls State, Southeastern Louisiana and archrival Stephen F. Austin to claim the Southland tournament title, advancing to face Baylor in the opening round of the NCAA Championship. For his efforts, he was named the 2010 District 23 NABC Coach of the Year and the Skip Prosser Man of the Year.

Marlins’ team succeeded in the classroom as well. Seven players earned Academic All-Southland honors a total of 17 times over his final five seasons, including three consecutive SLC Men’s Basketball Student-Athletes of the Year (Ryan Bright in 2007 and 2008 and Barkley Falkner in 2009).

At Pensacola Junior College (123-35; 5 seasons)
• 1993 NJCAA National Championship
• 1993 NJCAA National Coach of the Year
• 1993 NABC, Basketball Times, Basketball Weekly Coach of the Year
• 1993 Region 8 Coach of the Year
• Won 88 percent of home games (73-10) during five-year tenure
• Coached Anthony Goldwire, an eventual second-round pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 1994 NBA Draft
• Coached 1993 NJCAA Player of the Year Paul O'Liney
• Coached 1994 NJCAA Student-Athlete of the Year Eddie Samuel

With nine years of experience on his resume, Marlin left Marshall to claim his first head coaching position, taking over at Pensacola Junior College in 1990. The results were immediate in the Florida Panhandle as he guided the Pirates to a 123-35 record in five seasons. He was named the 1993 National Junior College Coach of the Year after directing PJC to a 31-5 record and the NJCAA National Championship.

His teams at PJC were ranked in the top-20 of the JUCO national polls at some point in each season, while winning 88 percent (73-10) of their home games during that span.

Marlin was inducted into the Florida Junior College Hall of Fame in March, 2007.

Prior To Being A Head Coach
Marlin began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at ULM from 1981-83 under Louisiana Hall of Fame coach Mike Vining. He served as an assistant coach on the junior varsity team and was a graduate assistant for the 1981-82 ULM squad that won the Trans America Athletic Conference championship and earned an NCAA post-season tournament berth. During ULM's transition to the Southland Conference in the 1982-83 season, Marlin coached the junior varsity team while coordinating scouting.

Marlin left Monroe in 1983 to start a six-year tenure as assistant coach for Gene Iba and Tommy Jones at Houston Baptist. During his time in Houston, the Huskies earned an NCAA Division I tournament berth in 1984 and finished among the top three teams in the Trans America Athletic Conference four times. During the 1983-84 season, the Huskies led the nation in field goal percentage, shooting 55.2 percent from the floor - a mark ranks as the 10th-best all-time in NCAA history.

Marlin moved to Marshall for the 1989-90 season, working for head coach Dana Altman at Marshall (now at Oregon) and helping the Thundering Herd to a second place finish in the Southern Conference.

Marlin returned to the NCAA Division I level, serving as assistant coach at Alabama under David Hobbs from 1995-98 before leaving for Sam Houston State. Also on Hobbs’ staff on the Capstone was current Ragin’ Cajuns Director of Basketball Operations Mike Murphy.

In his stay in Tuscaloosa, Marlin would help lead the Crimson Tide to the 1996 National Invitation Tournament, where Alabama would advance to the semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.

A native of Tupelo, Miss., Marlin received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Mississippi State in 1981 and later earned a master’s degree in health and physical education with a minor in guidance and counseling from Northeast Louisiana (now ULM) in 1983.

Marlin recently completed a term as president of the Louisiana Association of Basketball Coaches.

Marlin is married to the former Jennifer Murray and he has two children, son Matt (23), a 2015-16 member of the UL men's basketball team, and stepdaughter Saylor (16)