Coaches Spotlight: Marlon Wells

Marlon Wells was recently named the new girls head coach at Bishops School in San Diego. We had a chance to sit down with Coach Wells and talk about his decision, girls basketball in San Diego and the future...

Coaches Spotlight: Marlon Wells - Bishops - San Diego 


San Diego High's Marlon Wells, who took the Cavers to the 2004 state Division I championship game, was named to replace John Farrell as the Bishop's varsity girls coach.

Wells took over the San Diego High program late in the 2000-01 season.


We had a chance to sit down with Coach Wells and talk about his decision to leave San Diego high, the new job at Bishops and Girls Basketball in San Diego.


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PrepCA: Was it a difficult decision leaving San Diego High School and the basketball program you built? 

Wells: It was a very difficult decision, very hard because we built a strong reputable program there. I graduated from there and I love San Diego High School. It was one of the hardest decisions I have made in my life; the kids that are in the program are outstanding people. It was a very emotional departure.


PrepCA: What is your greatest basketball memory as the San Diego Head Coach?
Wells:  2004 when we won our 1st CIF section Championship, and beating Long Beach Poly to go to the state championship.


PrepCA:  Paris Johnson, 6-4, s one of the top players on the west coast and across the country, what can you tell us about her recruitment? 

Wells: Paris is a very interesting player, still has not reached anywhere near her full potential. She's 6-4, long and very fast a very good shot blocker and defender. She is being recruited by a lot of the top schools in the country. Even though a devastating car accident this summer kept her from going out on the circuit to be evaluated. (Baylor, Texas, Florida, Miami, SDSU, TCU, Kansas, Louisville) are all in the mix for her services.


PrepCA: What was the key factor in accepting the job at Bishops?

Wells: It was a professional decision, I felt that I accomplished a lot a SDHS, and I thought that it was time for a change. The move definitely benefits my family and me. SDHS still has a championship caliber team there, so I left a good situation for a great situation because I believe that we can build the same type of program at Bishop's.


PrepCA: Did you look at other coaching jobs over the last few years?

Wells: No! Not at all.


PrepCA: What are your goals at Bishops for the coming season?

Wells: To Compete for the Coastal south title and also the Division 4 section and state titles


PrepCA: What players at Bishops should we look for in the coming season?

Wells: Kathleen Roehrkasse, Michelle Brunker, Devin Nelson, Bianca Padilla, and Eilanna White.


PrepCA: Girls basketball is on the rise in California, what else needs to be done to promote the game and bring exposure to girl's basketball so it can reach the level it deserves?

Wells: As coaches we need to come together and share ideas, and stop all the bickering back and forth about the small things, and put all egos to the side and combine in the development of the student athlete. We also have to do a lot more skill training with our kids. We also really need to support sites like this and events that are covered by these scouting sites, so information can be distributed to other publishers around the country. Some people are under the assumption that if a player is good the scouts will find you!! I don't think anyone will be found without the proper exposure.


PrepCA:  Name the top five coaches in San Diego you hate to prepare for during the season?


  1. Scotty Gilbert – Kearny
  2. Terri Bamford – LJCD
  3. Robbie Sandoval – Mt. Miguel
  4. Jay Trousdale – Poway
  5. Doug Gilbert – Torrey Pines


PrepCA:  Who is the most difficult?

Wells: It's tough to say because they all have different styles, but I would have to say Trousdale.


PrepCA:  Why?

Wells: Because he will change things up on you, and he is the only coach to slow Charde Houston down on a couple of occasions.


PrepCA: Who are some of your teams that people need to watch out for? Here's my top ten:


  1. Mt. Miguel
  2. La Jolla Country Day
  3. Eastlake
  4. Mt. Carmel
  5. San Diego
  6. Helix
  7. Grossmont
  8. Santana
  9. Bishop's
  10. Marian Catholic

PrepCA: Name one coach you respect and why?

Wells: Geno Auriemma, Because he really doesn't spend to much time on the negatives that people may think about him, he just focuses on all the positive things that he and his coaching staff does for his players and his program.

PrepCA: Who is the best player you ever coached against? Why?

Wells: Candice Wiggins: Candice played for my boy's AAU team from 5th grade until she began at LJCD and I knew what she was capable of. So when I started coaching girl's she was definitely one person that I did not want to face, besides Charde Houston she was the only other person in the county that could single handedly beat you!!

PrepCA: Name one opponent who you really respect and why?

Wells: Mt. Miguel High School / Robbie Sandoval: Because his teams are always well prepared and he would play you on any day of the week no matter what. Even if he were missing his best players he would play you and play you hard, and if they lose or win they have no excuses. They are always looking for good competition.

PrepCA: How do you think your players would describe you as a coach?

Wells: Dedicated, Caring, Knowledgeable, hardworking, funny, a father figure or an uncle. 

PrepCA: What are your strengths and weaknesses as a coach?

Wells: My strengths as a coach are definitely being a motivator and a developer of talent, bringing out the best in kids. My weakness as a coach would be making adjustments, because I'm very stubborn and I believe in my system and sometimes that hurts our team.


PrepCA: Who is your favorite athlete and why?

Wells: Magic Johnson: Magic Johnson to me is an ambassador of the game of basketball. He revolutionalized the game, showing that just because he was tall than didn't mean he had to play under the basket. Also how he has dealt with a deadly disease and stayed upbeat and positive throughout his ordeal. He also gives back to the community.

PrepCA: What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?

Wells: It was to loosen up my tie a little and just relax, and don't worry about the haters: From Kathy Olivier UCLA Women's coach

PrepCA: Tell us what can we expect from your team this season?

Wells: To Play Hard, Play Smart, Play together, have fun, and win a few championships along the way.

PrepCA:  What was the latest movie you saw?

Wells: Silent Hill


PrepCA: What is your all time favorite movie?

Wells: Friday (ice cube)

PrepCA: Is reaching the College level as a coach a goal for you?

Wells: Maybe one day, but no time soon would like to thank Coach Wells for this interview, and wish him luck as the new Head Coach at Bishops!


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