Indians’ varsity boys basketball coach steps down

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Marc Comstock recently announced he would not return to coach Tecumseh’s varsity boys basketball team. His last game with the Indians was a loss to Adrian in the district final. Herald file photo by Mickey Alvarado.

By MICKEY ALVARADO

After two seasons of incorporating his varsity boys basketball playbook as Tecumseh High School’s head coach, Marc Comstock has stepped down and is leaving the position for another opportunity with Siena Heights University.

Comstock said he is going be an assistant coach at Siena Heights University.

Comstock joined the Indians in 2011, coming in from Adrian High School where he was the head coach for six years.

“We were on the right track to making improvements,” Tecumseh Superintendent Kelly Coffin said of the last two seasons with Comstock leading the program. “It’s a great move for Marc,” Coffin said of his joining the Saints at the collegiate level.

Tecumseh went 9-12 overall last season (2012-2013) under Comstock with the Indians advancing to post season play with a bye in the first round of district action. Tecumseh closed out its season with a tough 40-31 loss to Adrian in the Class B district final.

Comstock made no indication that he would not return for another season after the district final loss. The Indians lost seven seniors to graduation and Comstock commented that he would have a much younger squad this season.

“We’re going to take a big hit, not only just from an experience standpoint... We’ll just have to figure it out again next year. We lost a good group of seniors,” he said in what proved to be his final game with the Indians.

The first season under Comstock (2011-2012), Tecumseh advanced past the opening round of district action with a 43-37 victory over Dundee but closed its season with a 38-33 loss to Onsted in round two. The Indians finished the year with an overall record of 6-16.

The six game win finish marked a remarkable improvement from the previous season (2010-2011) when the Indians went winless (0-21 overall, 0-16 Southeastern Conference) under head coach Brandon Schmidt.

Tecumseh went 2-18 overall, (0-13 SEC) the season before (2009-2010) during Schmidt’s second season and 1-20 overall his first season (2008-2009) as head coach.

The Indians have not had much success keeping a long-term varsity boys basketball coach since Ed Oxley stepped down from the position in 2004.
Schmidt replaced Griff Mills, who took over the program for one season (2007-2008).

Brad Maska coached the Indians two seasons (2005-2006, 2006-2007) replacing Scott Lawson who coached one season (2004-2005). Lawson replaced long-time head coach Ed Oxley. Lawson was Oxley’s assistant the year before.

When Oxley took over the program from Jim Curth in 1982-1983 the Herald featured his team with the first color photograph ever run in Lenawee County. He coached the team for 21 seasons before retiring. Things have changed a lot since then.

“Things are a lot different now,” Oxley said. “Coaches leave after one or two seasons for various reasons. For the sake of the program, I wish they could find someone long-term.”

The head coaching position has been posted by the athletic department, currently being overseen by Tecumseh High School Principal Griff Mills and Tecumseh Middle School Assistant Principal Greg Lewis.




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