Legendary Arena Football League and Tampa Bay Storm head coach Tim Marcum passed away peacefully today at Hospice of Citrus County in Lecanto, Fla., at the age of 69 after battling a terminal illness. He was surrounded by his loving family at the time of passing while listening to the tunes of Elvis Presley.
The "ole ball coach", as he referred to himself, was born in Roscoe, Texas and honed his gridiron skills as a youth on the fields of West Texas prior to becoming a record setting quarterback at McMurry University under Grant Teaff. After coaching ten years in Texas high schools, he transitioned into the post-graduate realm at Ranger College and led the school to the Junior College National Championship in 1979 with an 11-0 record.
He is best known for his success in the Arena Football League where he spent 21 seasons as the dean of coaching. No coach in AFL history has more wins (211), games coached (345) or championships won (seven). A two-time recipient of the AFL Coach of the Year (1987 and 1998), he advanced to the post season in 19 of his 21 seasons and his teams participated in the championship game a record 11 times while leading three different teams to a championship.
Marcum was always proud of his players and coached 12 of the AFL's 45 players in the League's Hall of Fame. The current coaching ranks of the AFL is littered with people that Marcum either coached or hired as an assistant.
The AFL sideline is not the only one that he prowled. Aside from Ranger he coach in the college ranks at Rice University and the University of Florida. In the professional ranks, he coached the San Antonio Gunslingers in the United States Football League, the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World League of American Football and the Atlanta Falcons in the National Football League. In 2004 the American Football Coaches Association presented Tim with the Outstanding Achievement Award.
Born on Feb. 10, 1944, Tim was preceded in death by his parents, D.V. Marcum and Mary Marcum. He is survived by his wife, Lynn Marcum; her two daughters, Kendra and Carly Hurrell; his daughters, Michelle Marcum and Mitzi Brenner and her husband Marty Brenner; his brother, Jim Marcum and his wife Judy; his sister, Sandy Peters and her husband Leonard "Pete" Peters; grandchildren, Austin Anderson, Bryce and Max Brenner; many beloved nieces and nephews; and the smartest canine companion, Maggie Marcum.
The family would like to send along a special thanks to Hospice of Citrus County of the Nature Coast for the wonderful care in his final days. A private gathering will be held by the family with a celebration of Tim's life to take place on Tuesday, January 14 in Tampa. Additional details can be found shortly at www.robertsofdunnellon.com where friends and family can also leave a note of fond and cherished memories. A scholarship at McMurry University will be established in Tim's name, the family asks that in lieu of flowers a donation be made to the scholarship.
Arrangements are under the care of Roberts Funeral Home, Dunnellon.
Roberts Funeral Home And Crematory Of Dunnellon Inc
19939 E Pennsylvania Ave Dunnellon, FL 34432
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Dec. 10, 2013