Earl Marais has guided the attack of the Central Michigan field hockey program for nince seasons, making it one of the most potent in the Mid-American Conference.
Under Marais, the CMU attack ranked second in the MAC in 2011 in scoring margin, scoring average, assists and assists per game. Three offensive players also earned All-MAC honors, including MAC Freshman of the Year Cayleigh Immelman, junior midfielder Erin Dye and senior midfielder Paulina Lee.
Marais has mentored two of the top four scorers in school history in Samantha Sandham and Kelly Jordan and was instrumental in recruiting Immelman, a fellow South Africa native. Marais mentored Immelman to 33 points in her first season on 12 goals and nine assists.
A 1989 graduate of Dower College of Education in South Africa, Marais has brought a wealth of experience both as a player and a coach to the Chippewas.
“Earl’s on-the-field responsibility is working with the offense, and we feel we have been one of the top offenses in the MAC during his five years,” Freese said. “Earl’s knowledge and scouting have helped in the team’s preparation.”
Marais has coached field hockey for the past 21 years and competed for 19 seasons. He began his coaching career in 1990, working through 2003 with various male and female programs at a variety of age levels in South Africa.
Marais was a teacher in South Africa from 1990-2001 before teaching at East Union Middle School in Marshville, N.C., a position he held when hired at CMU.
He played field hockey for four years at Paterson High in South Africa, graduating in 1984. Earl then played club field hockey from 1985-2000. He won two national championships and eight conference titles as a player with the Alpha Men’s Hockey Club.
Earl and his wife, Debbie, live in Mount Pleasant and have two children – Robyn and Dean.
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