Baseball: Marc Walling Named Douglas High Baseball Coach

Posted By on May 10, 2015

MINDEN, Nev. – The Douglas High baseball program will have a new coach for the 2015 season, though it didn’t have to look far in filling the spot.

Marc Walling, a former standout for the Tigers and an assistant on staff this past season, has been named the new varsity baseball coach. It will be the program’s third coaching change in as many seasons.

Photo courtesy of Ron Harpin New Douglas High baseball coach Marc Walling with his son after a game against Hug earlier this season.

Photo courtesy of Ron Harpin
New Douglas High baseball coach Marc Walling with his son after a game against Hug earlier this season.

Walling takes the reins from John Glover, who announced to the team last week that he would not be returning for 2016. Glover coached the program from 2003 to 2010 and returned this year after previous coach Bruce Jacobsen (2011-14) had to step away due to new job requirements.

Walling had been a senior on Glover’s first Tiger squad in 2003.

“It’s been kind of a whirlwind over the past week,” Walling said. “There aren’t going to be huge changes. I’m excited and nervous at the same time. I think it’s a great opportunity and I really can’t wait to get on the field and starting seeing what these kids can do.”

Walling has taught at Douglas High since 2008 and coached in a variety of capacities in the baseball, football and cross country programs, as well as serve as one of the Block D Letterman’s Club advisors.
“Coach Glover has always been one to pass the credit on, but when you look at the sum of his entire coaching career, he’s just done a great job,” Walling said. “He’s one of those people that will always be very important to me just with all he has done, whether it be mentoring or coaching me or as time has gone on, as a friend at school.

“He’s a coach that always managed to get the most out of his players and I think the results showed that.”

Marc also cited the influence of his dad, Rocky – a longtime assistant in the Douglas baseball program; and Douglas head football coach Ernie Monfiletto in helping to prepare him for this next chapter.

“I don’t look at the program as it is and see areas of huge changes that need to be made,” he said. “I think the expectations and standards have been set and it’ll be a matter of building on what is already there.

“You look even at this past season, there were a lot of close ball games throughout the year. There were some younger guys that really came on as the season progressed. I’m excited to get to continue to work with them and see what they are able to achieve.”

Walling held tryouts for the summer league American Legion team over the weekend and will get to work with next season’s squad over the next several weeks.

“We’ll see where we are, how far we can go and then set about locking in our goals for 2016,” he said.

He added that while he’ll pare back his duties with the football program (he was the Tigers’ running backs coach this past year), he still plans on being involved during the fall.

“I’m a big believer in the multi-sport athlete,” Walling said. “There tends to be a push to specialize, but I believe kids gain valuable experience from being involved in multiple programs. Keeping involved with the football program I hope will help foster that idea.”

Douglas last week just narrowly missed out on a spot in the playoffs as McQueen claimed the eighth and final spot on a tiebreaker. The Tigers have a number of starters and key contributors from this season set to return.