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Jake Griedl taking over as athletic director and head football coach is No. 9 on the Top 10 stories from Marshall’s athletic year.

Less than two weeks after it was announced that Claude Mathis was leaving his post as Marshall ISD athletic director and head football coach to return to DeSoto, the school district announced his replacement – Jake Griedl, who had served under Mathis for two years as Marshall’s offensive coordinator.

“Our first priority was to interview our qualified internal candidates before we decided to possibly open it up to the outside,” Marshall ISD superintendant Jerry Gibson told the crowd at the press conference where Griedl was introduced as the new A.D.

“I am humbled and excited for this opportunity,” Griedl told the crowd. “We have accomplished so many things these last couple of years under the leadership of coach Mathis and I want to keep the momentum going and go to the next level.”

Prior to coming to Marshall, Griedl was at Lake Travis in Austin from 2013-2016 where he was a wide receivers coach and a campus strength and conditioning coordinator. Before that, he coached receivers at Boerne High School and served as an assistant softball coach for one season.

As the new A.D., Griedl stressed the importance of seeing both the boys and girls teams succeed.

“I think first and foremost, it’s coming alongside Jodi Satterwhite and her staff,” Griedl said. “She’s done an outstanding job. I think one thing we can do is come alongside those coaches and let them use their tools and their abilities to coach the way they desire to coach.

“It’s my responsibility as athletic director to give them all the tools necessary to have that success,” he concluded.

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a 10-part series looking back at the biggest athletic stories at Marshall High School during the 2018-19 school year.