Former Marshall offensive line coach Charles Williams followed the school’s former athletic director and head football coach to DeSoto and stepping in his place to coach the Mavericks’ offensive line is Brenton Whitaker.

Whitaker has been coaching seven years with the last six at Carrollton Ranchview High School.

“I was the OC there for the last four years and I was at Palestine the year before that,” he said.

Marshall is a welcomed change from the big city life for Whitaker.

“I grew up in the country,” he explained. “I’m not a city fan. So I finally found a good place to make my escape and hopefully never go back.”

Whitaker graduated from Royse City High School before attending Concordia University.

“I majored in education,” Whitaker said. “I’ve known for a long time that I was going to be a teacher and coach. My mom’s a teacher and coach. My grandfather was a teacher and a coach. So it’s kind of in my blood. I can’t imagine doing anything else.”

It was at Concordia where Whitaker made a connection that eventually led him to Marshall.

“I played college football with coach (Jake) Griedl, so that was my connection directly to here,” Whitaker explained. “When I came out and saw the kids and talked to coach (Zach) Quinlan, I just felt like it was a good fit.”

He’s optimistic about the players he’ll coach on the offensive line.

“I’m real excited about that because at Ranchview, everybody played both ways, so here, having just offensive line guys will be a lot of fun,” he said, adding they’ve responded well to them as their next coach. “I was here for three spring practices and the spring game so I have a little familiarity there and coming in the summer, you kind of find your role and you just jump in and start working.”