After nine seasons of wins, championships and NCAA Tournament bids, Gregg Marshall has finally decided to leave Winthrop University.
And this time, there’s no turning back.
Marshall, 44, was introduced as the head basketball coach at Wichita State University on Saturday, taking a job that will pay him a reported $750,000 a year plus incentives, more than three times what he was making at Winthrop.
And almost before Marshall’s press conference ended in Wichita, Winthrop filled its opening by offering the job to assistant coach Randy Peele, who immediately accepted.
Peele, who has been on the Winthrop staff for four years and has been a big part in the Eagles’ success the past three seasons, met with director of athletics Tom Hickman and university president Dr. Anthony DiGiorgio at the Winthrop baseball game Saturday afternoon.
“I told them I want the job,” Peele said, “and that I would do everything I could to get the position.”
He said the Eagles’ style of play won’t change.
“I’ve seen it and been a part of it,” Peele said. “I know it works, and it’s not going to change.”