Tim Marcum

Tim Marcum
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Date of birth: (1944-02-10)February 10, 1944
Place of birth: Roscoe, Texas
Date of death: December 5, 2013(2013-12-05) (aged 69)
Place of death: Citrus County, Florida
Career information
High school: Snyder (TX)
College: McMurry
Undrafted: 1967
Career history
As coach:
Career highlights and awards
Head coaching record
Regular season: 184–87 (.679)
Postseason: 28–12 (.700)
Career: 212–99 (.682)

Tim Marcum (February 10, 1944 – December 5, 2013) was the most successful arena football coach in Arena Football League (AFL) history. He was the head coach of the AFL's Denver Dynamite in 1987, the Detroit Drive from 1988–1992 and the Tampa Bay Storm from 1995–2010.[1] Marcum also served as an assistant coach in the NJCAA, NCAA, United States Football League, World Football League and the Arena Football League. Marcum head coached in eleven ArenaBowl championship games, winning seven.[2] He is one of two men to win seven ArenaBowls (the other being Omarr Smith, who was a member of Marcum's 2003 championship tream); he remains the only man to win seven ArenaBowls as a head coach (no other had coach has won more than four). He was inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame in 1998.[3]

Early life

Marcum was born February 10, 1944 in Roscoe, Texas. He attended Snyder High School.[4]


Marcum attended McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, where he quarterbacked the Indians.[5] Under the guidance of future College Football Hall of Fame coach Grant Teaff, Marcum started the 1965 and 67 seasons for the Indians, leading them to a 5–13–2 record.[6]

Arena coaching career

Following a largely unremarkable early coaching career serving primarily as a collegiate and USFL assistant, Marcum became the coach of the Denver Dynamite, one of the original AFL franchises, and led them to the championship of the first-ever ArenaBowl, but the team suspended operations after its initial season in 1987. Not waiting for the Dynamite to resume operations (which they later did for three years starting in 1989), he then went on to coach the Detroit Drive for that team's entire existence save 1990, when he was an assistant with the University of Florida. This team became the AFL's first dynasty, playing in the ArenaBowl during every year of its existence. However, this team likewise folded, but Marcum's success with them became the basis for his hiring and tenure with the most successful Arena team ever, the Tampa Bay Storm, where he achieved his greatest fame, and arguably the greatest fame of any Arena coach (as of 2014), winning four more ArenaBowl championships, including another back-to-back run (1995 and 1996).

On February 17, 2011, Marcum resigned as head coach and general manager of the Tampa Bay Storm after 15 seasons with the team, less than a month before the season was set to begin. His resignation came after it was revealed that in a deposition given in a lawsuit between himself and former team owner Robert Nucci, Marcum had admitted to receiving and forwarding via his work e-mail account material that was pornographic and racially insensitive. Marcum stated that he would not be able to go forward as head coach as the controversy would cause too much of a distraction. It was reported that Marcum may have been fired had he not resigned.[7][8] Marcum went on to serve as an assistant coach with the New Orleans Voodoo in 2012 and the Storm's fiercest rivals, the Orlando Predators, in 2013.


On December 5, 2013, Marcum died at a hospice in Citrus County, Florida.[9] The Arena Football League dedicated its 2014 Hall of Fame Weekend to Marcum's memory, with each player uniform bearing a navy and gold "TM" patch.[10]


  1. "Tim Marcum". www.mindclay.tv/tampabaystorm.com. Tampa Bay Storm. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  2. Eric R. Ivie (March 12, 2012). "New Orleans VooDoo Add Tim Marcum to Coaching Staff". www.sports.yahoo.com. Yahoo!. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  3. "Arena Football League Hall of Fame". www.arenafootball.com. Arena Football League. Retrieved March 7, 2013.
  4. Brandon Wright (December 5, 2013). "Arena League, Storm icon Marcum dies". www.tampabay.com. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  5. "Tim Marcum". www.hs.snyder.esc14.net. Snyder Hall of Honor. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  6. "AFL Q&A: Tampa Bay Storm Coach Tim Marcum". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. May 5, 2004. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  7. Joe Smith (February 17, 2011). "Tim Marcum resigns as Tampa Bay Storm coach and general manager". www.tampabay.com. Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  8. Tom Korun (February 17, 2011). "Tampa Bay Storm coach Tim Marcum resigns". www.abcactionnews.com. WFTS-TV. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
  9. Eddie Daniels (December 5, 2013). "Former Storm coach Tim Marcum dies". www.tbo.com. TAMPA MEDIA GROUP, LLC. Retrieved December 6, 2013.
  10. CBS Sports Network (April 26, 2014)
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