LEXINGTON TWP. — Mark Gulling has resigned as head football coach at Marlington High School, according to The Alliance Review.
Gulling, 34, spent the last three seasons as head coach of the Dukes. He told the Review his decision was based on his desire to spend more time with his family. He and his wife Callie have two young children.
"There is a lot going on with our family, especially with two young children and I felt I needed to spend more time with them," he said. "A head coach invests a lot of time in the program; it's a year-round job," Gulling said. "During the season, there are a lot of long hours and late nights. During the offseason, you're doing things like fundraising, supervising players and managing a coaching staff."
Gullling went 13-15 in his three seasons at Marlington, highlighted by a 7-3 finish in his first year in 2019. The Dukes went 3-7 this past season, which included a win over playoff-bound Carrollton. The Dukes were 10-7 in Eastern Buckeye Conference play over the course of his three seasons.
A Louisville High School and University of Akron graduate, Gulling also spent two years as Tuslaw's head coach (2017-18). He guided the Mustangs to the 2018 OHSAA state playoffs when they went 6-5. His overall record is 21-28.
Gulling also had an extensive run as an assistant coach at Marlington, from 2007-16, including the final three years as the team's offensive coordinator. He was in that role in 2016 when the Dukes enjoyed one of their finest seasons, going 10-0 in the regular season to win a league title and make the state playoffs.
Gulling told the Review he does not rule out working as an assistant coach.
"There are possibilities at becoming an assistant coach in the future," Gulling added. "I love the coaching part of high school football, not the CEO part of it."
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