After three full years at Garden City Community College, Doug Marshall, an assistant at GCCC since 2014, will get his chance to helm the track and field and cross country programs, the college announced on Thursday.

Marshall replaces Ray Putnam, who was the head coach since February 2015. GCCC athletic director John Green said Putnam resigned to take a position back on the east coast, where Putnam spent several years coaching previously.

“I’m extremely excited. This has been something that I truly feel like (athletic director) John Green and coach Putnam have been grooming me for,” Marshall said Friday. “I’m so excited to have the opportunity to take over a roster full of talented young men and women.”

Marshall began at GCCC as a volunteer assistant in 2014, then was named a full-time assistant shortly thereafter, and served on an interim basis as the head coach, before Putnam was hired and Marshall was named associate head coach Now, he’s the permament head coach.

“I am pleased to announce the promotion of associate head coach Doug Marshall to the head coach of GCCC Track and Field/Cross Country,” read a statement from Green.

According to the school’s athletic website, Marshall, who has has coached 11 All-Americans and 33 national qualifiers in the indoor and outdoor track and field seasons.

“I want to continue getting better,” Marshall said of the direction of the Busters’ rebuilding programs. “We have improved each of the past three years, and I want to continue that. I think we have the potential for some great things this year.”

Marshall hold’s a bachelor’s degree from Emporia State, where he competed in the triple jump and long jump. He also coached at Garden City High School, before GCCC.

Marshall and his wife Erin, have a daught, Avery, and twin boys, named Brendan and Cason.