Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays

Written by Chad Seibert

Chad Seibert is a Men’s Basketball assistant at Division III Eastern Mennonite University under Head Coach Kirby Dean. Seibert joined EMU in 2015 after 8 successful seasons at the high school level. He served as an assistant coach at Boulder High School in Colorado and as Head Coach at Turner Ashby in Virginia. He started 2 successful AAU feeder programs, the Boulder Blaze and Virginia Alliance. He also coached travel teams with three of the premier organizations in the country, the Colorado Chaos, East Coast Fusion, and Big Shots Elite. Seibert’s combined High School and AAU coaching record is 416-179. This includes a State championship runner-up in Colorado, a Regional appearance in Virginia, and multiple titles at the 16U-17U level in AAU tournaments across the country. Seibert’s teams are recognized for their emphasis on skill development and pure shooting, as well as pressure man-to-man defense. In Colorado, Boulder High School was known for their up-tempo style and accurate shooting, producing Mr. Basketball in 2010-11. Seibert relocated to Virginia in 2011 and took over at Turner Ashby in Bridgewater. At Turner Ashby, Seibert inherited a program with 5 consecutive losing seasons and immediately made an impact by changing the culture and installing a youth feeder system down to the 3rd grade level. Seibert’s team broke the school’s 3 point record in 2013-14, and again in 2014-15. The Knights produced two All-Region point guards, an All-Region Shooting Guard, as well as 3 All-Conference players in his four seasons. In 2012-13 and 2013-14, Seibert’s Turner Ashby squads produced back-to-back winning seasons for the first time in over a decade at the school. Chad has a Master’s Degree in Teacher's Education from Drexel University in Philadelphia and will soon complete his second Master’s in Physical Education from Asuza Pacific University.

October 12, 2015

Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays

Recently, Wichita State has become a household name under Head Coach Gregg Marshall. The Shockers have 122 combined overall wins in the last four seasons. Coach Marshall has created a culture of toughness and execution, winning the Missouri Valley Conference title three of the last four seasons. In the tournament, the Shockers have also had great success, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2045-15, as well as a Final 4 appearance in 2012-13.

Where did this seemingly overnight coaching success come from? Gregg Marshall began his coaching career as a Division III coach at his alma mater, Randolph-Macon College, in Ashland, Virginia (1985-87). In 1987-88, he spent one year as an assistant at Division II Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, North Carolina. After the 1988 season, Coach Marshall worked his way up the Division 1 ranks, starting as an assistant for eight years at the College of Charleston (1988-1996). From there, Coach Marshall served as an assistant at Marshall University from 1986-88, and finally as head coach at Winthrop University in 1998-99 through the 2006-2007 seasons. Coach Marshall’s overall record at Winthrop is 194-83, winning the conference title in six of his nine seasons with the Eagles. Coach Marshall took over for Mark Turgeon at Wichita State in 2007-08, and has propelled the program into a national power.

Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays

The Shockers are a tough minded team known for their ability to finish games. Offensive execution is at a premium in the Shocker Culture, and Coach Marshall has proven his ability to consistently manufacture quality shots for his best players. Wichita State has a unique system of calling plays, running them in a sequence throughout the game.  They are called the  Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays.  If they get a stop, they will run transition and flow into their standard motion set. If they don’t get a stop, a play is run from their sequence (determined before the game) without any call from the bench. This prevents any chance of signals or terminology being detected. This is not easy to do, but mental execution is at a premium and an integral part of what’s expected to play for Coach Marshall.

One of the set ups Wichita State uses a lot is the triangle stack. The three Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays diagrammed give you a chance to manufacture a lay-up for different personnel all from the same set. Each play has built in second options to counter a good help defense. Coach Marshall has his Point Guard “light the fuse” to initiate his plays by changing sides of the floor with the ball. This sets everything in motion and makes the timing of the play easy. Since there’s no hand signal or play call, there is no way to detect what play is coming from the formation, and the opponent is left helpless. Next time the Shockers are on TV, tune in and see one of the most disciplined attacks in all of college basketball.

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Gregg Marshall Triangle Stack Plays

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