As one of the featured students in Robert Morris University’s Faces of Success marketing campaign in 2006, he got to show off his distinctive “fire-engine red track shoes.” And it was in those signature sneakers that Marques found success as a long- and triple-jumper on RMU’s track and field team.
A transfer student originally from Philadelphia, Marques earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from RMU with a concentration in sport management. In his senior year he received the university’s Signature Leadership award for his commitment to excellence, both in the classroom and the local community.
Upon graduation, Marques moved to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to become the director of activities at Sands Resorts, running their Sands Kids Club and Littl’ Kids Evening Childcare programs.
That August he enrolled at the University of Georgia (UGA), where he earned a master’s degree in kinesiology, with a specialization in sport management and policy analysis. While there, he served as a volunteer coach and program coordinator with the UGA men’s and women’s track and field programs.
“It was a great experience for me,” he says. “At UGA, I was able to get my start in coaching, which I discovered I had a true passion for.”
Currently Marques is in his third season as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the track and field team at the State University of New York College at Cortland, also known as SUNY Cortland. A two-time nominee for the USTFCCCA Atlantic Region Assistant Coach of the Year, he has coached a national competitor at every indoor and outdoor national championship meet for NCAA D-III track and field, as well as several SUNAC Conference and ECAC champions.
Marques also serves as an instructor in SUNY Cortland’s physical education department, an adjunct instructor for the sport management department, an academic advisor for physical education, and an advisor to the Caribbean Student Association. “With the number of opportunities I had to become involved in student government and various student organizations at Robert Morris, having to lecture and coach college-aged students is a breeze,” he says.
He is also an active member of the university’s Student Success Coalition, a group of faculty and staff members focused on addressing retention and success of all students on the campus.
“Transferring to RMU and pursuing my degree in sport management was one of the best decisions I have made so far in my life,” adds Marques. “I graduated with all the tools I needed to become an effective leader. I truly feel I would not have been able to achieve the level of success I have at such a young age, had I gone to any other school.”
Written by Valentine J. Brkich