Matt Marske has been nominated for the Dr. Robert E. Cravens Memorial Award by Guerin Catholic High School Men’s Basketball Coach, Pete Smith. He was nominated for his selfless heart and willingness to provide for the team at Guerin Catholic.
According to Guerin Men’s Basketball Head Coach, no manager of an athletic team has cared so much about their school, coaches, and group of guys on the basketball team like Matt has. Matt stretched daily with the team before practice, and sat with the captains on the bus. Matt was always there.
The glory-less job of being a team manager was an important position in Matt’s eyes. The team would not have been 31-20 and as successful over the past two seasons at the varsity level without Matt’s talents. He was organized, passionate, and focused on making sure the team had everything they needed to play and win.
Matt would set up the gym for practice, wash uniforms, pull out and push in the bleachers, record stats, pack equipment and keep count of it, help in drills, help organize and teach in summer camps and so much more. The team was completely supportive and appreciative of Matt, realizing how important his efforts were.
At the end of the day, there are no fruits to bear for a student manager. No one comes to watch them and no one reads about them in the paper. Matt did what he did for the love of the game, his school, and his teammates. On game nights, Matt had all the preparation work done before tipoff.