High School Sports

Former NFL, USC assistant among four Arroyo Grande Hall of Fame inductees

The Arroyo Grande Eagle Athletic Foundation announced the four newest members of its Hall of Fame on Monday, and a Super Bowl-winning assistant coach is among them.

John Marshall, a 1963 Arroyo Grande High graduate, won two national championships in the late 1970s at USC and two Super Bowls with the San Francisco 49ers. He headlines the class along with Heather Gores, William Henry and Don Roberts.

Marshall was on the 49ers’ staff as a defensive assistant when they won titles after the 1989 and 1994 seasons. He took over as defensive coordinator in 1997 and also ran defenses for four other NFL teams, including Oakland from 2009 to 2010.

Marshall played football at Washington State, and his first coaching job was at Allan Hancock College in 1967. He retired from professional coaching in 2012 after overseeing the defensive line for the Virginia Destroyers of the now-defunct United Football League.

Gores, a 1988 graduate, was a standout basketball player for the Eagles and went on to set the Washington State women’s record for 3-pointers with 133. She is now an associate athletic director at Gonzaga.

Henry was the first Arroyo Grande state champion in track and field, winning the 110-meter hurdles as a senior in 1989 before going on to play football at Fresno State.

Roberts did not attend Arroyo Grande High, but was a Cal Poly alum who hosted a sports-talk show on KKAL radio and broadcasted the school’s football and basketball games. He also was an announcer and statistician at the Santa Maria Speedway before his death in 1990.

The four inductees will be honored at a fundraising dinner Jan. 25 at the South County Regional Center in Arroyo Grande.