Assistant Football Coach
Campus Phone: Ext. 5643
Campus Mail: P.O. Box 5022
Office: Rankin Hall 101
Campus or Site Location: Greeneville
Marc Kolb is beginning his fifth year as offensive coordinator for the Tusculum College football team. In March 2008, he was promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach, while also mentoring Tusculum’s quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends.
While at TC, he has become the chief architect of one of the most prolific offensive attacks in the nation. His four teams at Tusculum have led the South Atlantic Conference in passing yards each year.
Last season’s squad led the nation (all NCAA divisions) averaging 424.8 passing yards per game, led by quarterback Bo Cordell, the 2010 SAC Offensive Player of the Year. Cordell threw for a school and SAC single-season record 4,657 yards, the third most in NCAA Division II history. Cordell garnered All-America accolades and was national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy, which recognizes the DII national player of the year. Cordell also became the first player in NCAA II history to pass for over 400 yards in nine consecutive games.
He also mentored a pair of All-Americans in the 2010 receiving corps in wideout Deonte’ Gist and tight end Michael Rodriquez. Gist established TC single-season records with 1,183 receiving yards on 96 receptions, along with a record 1,713 all-purpose yards. Rodriquez tied a school record with nine touchdown catches, to go along with 70 receptions (5th in TC history) for 727 yards (7th in TC history).
In 2008, Tusculum’s “Showtime” offense produced some amazing numbers that future Pioneer teams will be aiming for in years to come. The Pioneers scored a school-record 452 points, thanks to 62 touchdowns, including 37 passing scores. Tusculum also established school records in total offensive plays (917), total offensive yards (5788) and first downs (298).
Kolb mentored one of the most prolific passers in school and SAC history in Corey Russell. In 2008, Russell smashed the TC and league record books, while becoming the first signal-caller in school history to garner All-America recognition. Russell was a national finalist for the Harlon Hill Trophy and was named the Tusculum and SAC Male Athlete of the Year. Russell was also tabbed the SAC and Region Offensive Player of the Year as he established 15 Tusculum records, including a pair of NCAA II bests. He recorded 300 or more total offensive yards on 11 occasions in 2008, which are the best in DII history. Russell tallied 674 total offensive plays, which is a new NCAA II record. The All-SAC First Team signal caller established league single-season records in total offensive yards (4907) passing yards (4097) and touchdown passes (37). He also set TC season records for completions (301) and pass attempts (505).
He also mentored All-America tight end Jarrell NeSmith. NeSmith shined both on and off the field as he was named to the Captial One Academic All-America® Team in 2008 and 2009 and was the recipient of the prestigious SAC Presidents’ Award his last two seasons (2008-09 & 2009-10).
In 2009, Kolb guided Cordell’s rookie fortunes, who went on to garner SAC Offensive Freshman of the Year honors. Cordell passed for 3,458 yards (3rd in TC history) and tallied 3,355 total offensive yards (3rd in TC history). In the season-finale at No. 14 Carson-Newman College, Cordell threw for a school record 524 yards, which were also the second most in conference history. On the year, Cordell passed for 23 touchdowns and was named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions. Cordell’s 3,458 passing yards and 335.5 passing yards per game are the most ever thrown by a NCAA Division II freshman signal caller.
In Kolb’s four seasons at TC, the Pioneers have arisen as the top passing team in the South Atlantic Conference. In 2007, Tusculum averaged 417.8 yards offensively (31st in NCAA II), while Russell was named NCAA Division II National Offensive Player of the Week on two occasions in Kolb’s inaugural season. In 2009, the Pioneers finished fourth in the land in passing yards per game, averaging 358.8 ypg.
The Pioneers saw marked improvement offensively in 2007 as TC averaged 27.8 points per game, a nine-point increase from 2006. Tusculum also posted over 1,500 more yards of offense (4596 in 2007 vs. 3086 in 2006).
Kolb came to the Greeneville, Tenn. campus after serving as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach at the University of Missouri at Rolla. The Seminole, Fla. native spent the five seasons guiding one of the top passing attacks in NCAA II, including two years at the assistant head coaching post. He also served as quarterback and wide receiver coach from 2002-06 at UMR.
The Miners led the nation in 2006 in passing offense, averaging 350.9 yards per game. UMR was also eighth in the country in total offense (415.7 ypg) and 16th in scoring offense (31.8 ppg). During his five years with the Miners, UMR established numerous offensive records and was one of the top passing squads in Division II over the last three seasons. Under Kolb’s watch, the Miners scored 132 touchdowns through the air since the start of the 2003 campaign.
In 2006, he mentored All-American quarterback Joe Winters, who led the nation in total offense (339.2 ypg) and passing yardage (338.5 ypg) in NCAA II. Winters went 261-for-468 and completed 35 touchdowns, while the Miners’ passing attack recorded completions to 11 different receivers, including six with at least 20 receptions each during the 2006 campaign.
He also mentored two-time All-Americans Ashton Gronewold (2005, 2006) and Cole Drussa (2003, 2004), as well as Academic All-American® Phil Shin (2005). During his tenure at UMR, the Miners also set or tied eight conference records and three NCAA II records.
Prior to coming to the Rolla, Mo. campus, Kolb had a successful three-year stint as offensive coordinator at Fairfield University. He started at Fairfield as the Stags defensive line coach in 1998. He moved to the offensive side a year later as he became the offensive coordinator and the team’s assistant head coach in the 2001 season. In the three years Kolb served as offensive coordinator at Fairfield, the Stags scored 37.1 points per game in 1999, which ranked 12th in NCAA I-AA. A year later, Fairfield upped its scoring production to post 38.7 ppg, which was fifth, nationally. His teams established numerous school records while at Fairfield. Kolb has coached offensive units that have finished among the top teams in Division I-AA in several offensive categories, including rushing, passing and total offense. The Stags averaged 406.7 yards of total offense in that span.
Kolb earned his bachelor’s degree at Brown University in 1994 and entered the coaching ranks in 1995 at Curry College in Massachusetts. In 1997, Kolb moved onto Framingham State to serve as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for one season before joining the Fairfield staff.
Kolb and his wife Lisa are the proud parents of son, Matthew, 9, daughter, Hannah, 8 and son William, 6.