October 14 - Marshall has promoted Mike Noyes to become the eighth coach in the storied program’s history.
The school’s director of student activities, Joe Swarm, confirmed the hire earlier today.
Noyes has spent the past six seasons as an assistant under former coach Aaron Tarr, who resigned last month to take an assistant coaching position at Georgetown. Under Tarr, the Statesmen went 116-49 and won the previous six National District championships.
“We are excited to keep consistency in a program that has had success, unfortunately that does not happen enough in high school sports these days,” Swarm wrote in an email to the magazine. “Mike has done a great job here at Marshall developing players with Aaron Tarr and Aaron speaks very highly of him. I know he understands the history of the baseball program here and the importance of continuing the positive outreach to the baseball community.”
Noyes, a former U.S. Marine who played baseball and football at George Mason High School and graduated from Virginia Tech, previously served as an assistant at McLean from 2008-11 and coached Falls Church Post 194 in 2014. He has also coached football locally for a number of years and currently serves as McLean’s defensive coordinator.
Noyes is employed by the City of Falls Church in the recreation and parks department.
The Statesmen return a talented core from last spring’s 16-7 team that advanced to the Region 6D quarterfinals before falling to Battlefield. That group includes senior right-hander Robert Kelley, a Maryland-Baltimore County recruit who went 7-2 with a 1.03 ERA and 90 strikeouts to 21 walks in 61 innings as a junior. He struck out 14 over 6.2 innings in the district final against Justice and tossed a three-hit shutout in the first round of regionals against Chantilly.
Marshall, which fielded its first team in 1963, has won 12 district championships and three region titles over its 57-year history. The Statesmen advanced to state championship games in 1975, 1986, 1987 and 2015 but are seeking their first title.
Photo of Mike Noyes by Jim Halling