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Marsha Reall (1980-85)

Marsha Reall Career as SVSU Head Coach…
In 1979, Marsha Reall became the first female coach of Saginaw Valley’s women’s basketball program.  Throughout her six year-career, Reall posted a 151-37 record in six seasons which is good for a .803 winning percentage.  

While at Saginaw Valley State University, Reall also served as Women’s Athletic Coordinator and physical education professor.  She was a member of the NAIA National Rating Committee and was on the executive council for both the NAIA District 23 and the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletics Conference. She was also elected the second vice-president of the NAIA Women’s Basketball Coaches Association.  During her six seasons at SVSU, Reall was the first to lead the Cardinals to consecutive undefeated GLIAC titles in 1983-84 and 1984-85. 

Reall’s most successful season came in 1984-85 when her team broke six records which still stand in SVSU’s record book.  These records include:

  • Best record - 32-1
  • Best winning percentage - .970
  • Most wins - 32
  • Most points - 2,753
  • Most field goals made  - 1,163
  • Best field goal percentage - .485 (1,163/2,400)

Along with these marks, her 1983-84 team also holds the record for highest scoring average at 83.6 points per game.

During her tenure at Saginaw Valley, Reall was also given the opportunity to coach SVSU hall-of-famer, Gail Goestenkors.  Gail was named the 1984 and 1985 NAIA All-American and GLIAC MVP while finishing her career with 1,158 points and recorded 469 assists. 


Coaching Career After Saginaw Valley…
Upon resignation from Saginaw Valley, Marsha Reall transitioned into Division I coaching.  She was named the head coach at Ball State University for the 1985-86 season where she led the Cardinals to a 13-14 finish. 

After one season at Ball State, Reall took the same position on the bench at Purdue University and finished the 1986-87 season going 18-9 overall.

In 1990, she took over the head coaching realm at Ohio University.  Throughout her nine-season career at Ohio, Reall led the Bobcats to Mid-American Conference Championship title in 1995 and was named MAC Coach of the Year in both 1993 and 1995.  She finished her career with a 123-126 record overall and is currently the winningest coach in school history.