Lee Marks, who coached Guilford boys track for 47 years, has died

Guilford High School announced Monday that Lee Marks, who ran the Vikings boys track and field program for 47 years, has passed away.

“The Guilford family has lost a teacher, coach, friend and fan,” Guilford Athletic Director Augie Toldo said in an email. “Coach Marks dedicated so much of his life to Guilford High School and its student athletes. He’ll always be remembered at Guilford by its students, staff and athletes. Coach Marks will always be a G-Vike.”

Marks coached the Guilford track teams from 1967 through the 2014 when he was let go at the age of 69. Although Guilford won just one conference title during his tenure, in 1972, he coached scores of outstanding athletes, including distance runners runners Dave Calvert, Greg Dykstra, Larry Dykstra, Dave Halle, Glen Town, pole vaulters Garrett Nelson and Casey Friske and hurdler Nick Wright.

“Lee was always a caring coach,” said Nelson, one of three state champions coached by Marks, who now lives in the Seattle area and works for Amazon. “(Marks) took time for anyone who wanted to come out for the team.”

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Monday at Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church, 3000 Rural Street followed by burial in Sunset Memorial Gardens. A viewing will be held Sunday from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Visitation with the family will be from 5:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. and also 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday at the church.

Guilford boys track state champions
Year Athlete Event
1967 Dave Calvert 1 mile run
1984 Dave Halle 3200 meter run
1999 Garrett Nelson pole vault

Posted on 06.20.17