John Marcum enters his third season as associate women's basketball coach at East Carolina University. He was elevated from his assistant title in September 2014.
Following his hire in July 2013, it did not take long for the 18-year coaching veteran to make an immediate impact on ECU Women's Basketball. The Pirates’ 2015 signing class ranks second among American Athletic Conference teams according to the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, which includes the No. 6 and No. 30 ranked junior college players in the country, Fanni Csutoras and Zippy Khasoa, respectively.
In 2014, Marcum was at the forefront of East Carolina’s recruiting efforts in signing perhaps the most talented class in program history, which included a pair of top-10 ranked junior college players, as well as transfers from SEC, ACC and Pac-12 member institutions.
Among those signees, I'Tiana Taylor garnered All-American Athletic Conference Second Team honors and was named the league's Newcomer-of-the-Year in 2014-15. She also recorded the seventh most rebounds in a single season in program history. Jasmine Phillips posted three double-doubles, led the Pirates in steals and played the fourth most minutes per game on the team, while DeVaughn Gray tied the single-game program record for three-pointers with seven during their first seasons, respectively.
Shortly after his arrival, Marcum was able to sign 6'4 post player Ondrea Shaw, who was once a top-50 prospect as a high school player. In her first season at ECU, Shaw broke the school's single-season record for blocked shots and was a Conference USA All-Defensive Team selection.
Marcum explains the success by saying, "Coach Macy and the ECU family are an easy sell. They have won 22 games in each of my first two years, had the second-longest home winning streak in the country and possess a 20-million dollar practice facility. Coach Macy is the one of the brightest basketball minds in the country and I am privileged to work alongside her."
While at Indiana State in 2012-13, Marcum assisted the Sycamores to an 18-win season and a spot in the postseason for the first time since 2005-06. He helped Indiana State to the postseason Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). ISU's 18 wins were their most since 2006-07 and the team's 10-8 record within the Missouri Valley Conference was ISU's best since 2008-09.
Marcum served as the recruiting coordinator at Indiana State bringing in 10 signees that ranked No. 1 in the Missouri Valley Conference in 2013. Overall, the highly-decorated recruiting class is ranked No. 65 in the nation.
The defensively strong Indiana State team set a program record for the fewest points allowed per game for a single season with Marcum on staff. The Sycamores held 10 opponents to less than 50 points in a game while their opponents averaged 55.5 points per game for the season.
Prior to his stint at Indiana State, Marcum led the Cal Baptist women's basketball team to a 47-12 record in two seasons as head coach, leading the team in his first season to a 27-8 record that set the school record for wins in a single season. The Lancers captured their first-ever conference championship in Marcum's first season in 2010-11, reaching as high as No. 3 in national rankings while making the school's first national tournament appearance since 1982.
Previously Marcum spent seven seasons as an assistant coach at NAIA-member Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Okla., from 2002-2010. He served as an assistant with the men's basketball team from 2002-2006 before assisting on the coaching staff for the women's team from 2007-2010. During his tenure with the women's program, the Bison went 92-14 and were 60-6 in the Sooner Athletic Conference, winning consecutive conference titles in 2008-09 and 2009-10.
Marcum played baseball and graduated from Oklahoma Baptist in 1997 with a bachelor's in secondary education with a concentration in history. He was a member of OBU's NAIA World Series team in 1996 and served as the president of OBU's Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter. He earned his master's in secondary education with a concentration in physical education in 2003 from East Central University.
In 2002, he served as an assistant coach to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League, leading the Storm to the USBL championship.
John is the proud father of Abby, Matty and Cooper Marcum.