‘Disruptive weather’ predicted as Storm Ciara set to hit Laois this weekend Laois Councillor ‘amazed’ at Electric Picnic decision to apply for later date for 2021 festival WhatsApp Facebook Pinterest News Twitter By Megan Shiel – 6th February 2020 Previous articleTalking Politics: Kildare South, borders and the battle of BirrNext articleCamross woman named as Laois Camogie volunteer of the year for 2019 Megan ShielMegan is currently studying English and New Media at the University of Limerick. A Raheen native, she’s happiest when talking sport, especially soccer but just don’t mention the 2019 champions league final Facebook Twitter Home News ‘Disruptive weather’ predicted as Storm Ciara set to hit Laois this weekend News A storm is brewing and is set to hit Laois this weekend.Hail, thunder and gale force winds are predicted with the worst of it set to hit on Saturday night and into Sunday.Ireland’s Weather Channel’s Cathal Nolan has said “As expected, Storm Ciara has been officially named by the UK Met Office.“It will bring disruptive weather conditions across large parts of the country during Saturday and Sunday, with strong winds and a risk of significant coastal flooding in some locations.”Met Éireann have said “Unsettled weather is expected to develop across Ireland and Northwest Europe this weekend.“The change will occur as very cold air sweeps out of Canada into the North Atlantic creating a sharp temperature contrast in the atmosphere over the ocean.“This temperature contrast will result in the intensification of the jet stream over the North Atlantic, which will drive vigorous areas of low pressure towards Ireland.“After a period of rather quiet weather, the change to unsettled mobile conditions will occur during Friday (Feb 7) as wet and windy weather moves in from the Atlantic.“A further spell of heavy rain is expected on Saturday (Feb 8) and this will be accompanied by strong and gusty winds with a possibility of Status Yellow warnings.“Weather conditions are expected to deteriorate further on Sunday (Feb 9) as Storm Ciara (named by the UK Met Office on Wednesday 5th February) tracks to the north of Ireland.“Storm Ciara is forecast to be a vigorous Atlantic storm system with an expansive wind-field.“There is a growing consensus that Sunday will be an extremely windy day across Ireland and the UK with widespread heavy rain, squally showers and with gales or storm force winds around our coasts.”SEE ALSO – Laois Open Door Theatre in full swing with rehearsals for new play Bizarre situation as Ben Brennan breaks up Fianna Fáil-Fine Gael arrangement to take Graiguecullen-Portarlington vice-chair role GAA TAGSCathal NolanMet EireannStorm Ciara 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Electric Picnic Pinterest WhatsApp
HomeBusinessMarijuana entrepreneurs hope to see green at pitch event Aug. 20, 2018 at 5:01 amBusinessFeaturedNewsMarijuana entrepreneurs hope to see green at pitch eventKate Cagle3 years ago420MarijuanaweedFile photo Investors looking to cash in on California’s burgeoning marijuana industry can learn about local start-ups this week at a pitch competition at Expert Dojo inside Santa Monica Place on Wednesday.“This is a booming, growing economy,” said Peter Vogel, CEO of Leafwire, the company behind the event. “Like any industry, getting in at the beginning rather than the middle or the end, you’re more likely to see bigger, more exciting returns.”Despite banking restrictions and other complications related to dealing with a product that is still illegal at the Federal level, cannabis-related companies secured more than $1.5 billion in the first quarter of 2018, according to New Frontier Data. Vogel said having a good lawyer is key to participating in the marijuana market.He said hesitant investors can start with one of 45,000 ancillary businesses that don’t directly deal with marijuana, but supply payment processing software, media, human resources, or compliance aspects of the industry.“For new investors, there’s less regulation and less exposure investing in those companies,” Vogel said. “It’s an easier entry point.”Nearly 30 states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for either medicinal or recreational use. Leafwire estimates the legal industry is already worth $9 billion. Given the illegal nature (and stigma) surrounding the drug, many entrepreneurs are inexperienced and need guidance to scale their ideas and secure funding.In this state, second quarter tax revenue from cannabis totaled $74 million, according to new data from the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA). That amount does not include additional taxes imposed by cities. Santa Monica only recently permitted medical marijuana dispensaries in the city limits and does not currently allow recreational stores.Vogel’s event here is just one of a national cash call to get more investor money into the industry. He’s hosting similar “Shark Tank” inspired events in Miami, Oakland and Boston this fall. During the Future of Cannabis Pitch Competition, six companies will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges. The panel of investors will award the winner with a $10,000 PR distribution from AxisWire and tickets to the High Times Cannabis Cup, the industry’s top competition for growers.Tickets are still available for the event at lajointventures.com and cost $19. The program will run from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Expert Dojo, 395 Santa Monica Place on Wednesday, August [email protected] :420Marijuanaweedshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsLetters to the EditorCity Manager envisions a larger pedestrian zone for DowntownYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours ago
Lárionad Acmhainní Nádúrtha CTR to take part in new research project Facebook By News Highland – August 27, 2013 Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest LUH still not ready to restore IT systems Previous articleNW Shopfitting company claims up to 100 jobs could go if Tesco contracts are lostNext articleMan injured in Victoria Bridge crash News Highland News WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North The government has been officially advised to change Ireland’s election laws to allow for bigger constituencies, including an amalgamated Donegal constituency which will see the number of TDs in the county reduced by one.Following a vote in June, the Constitution Convention has now formally submitted its report, which says each constituency should be represented by at least 5 TDs.This is in line with a Boundary Commission report published earlier this year.The report also recommends allowing greater access to postal voting, and a provision that non-TDs should be allowed to become ministers. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Pregnant women can receive Covid vaccine at LYIT’s vaccination centre Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Twitter WhatsApp Major political changes for Donegal as new constituency proposals are formally submitted
SIGN UP Horse Sport Enews Standings (after 5 of 12 events)1. Megan Jones (AUS) 138 points2. Clarke Johnston (NZL) 1283. Sonja Johnson (AUS) 1194 = Mara Dean (USA) 714 = Chris Burton (AUS) 714 = Michael Jung (GER) 714 = Sam Griffiths (AUS) 718. Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 709 = Phillip Dutton (USA) 679 = Heelan Tompkins (NZL) 679 = Kai-Steffen Meier (GER) 6712. Jenna Mahoney (NZL) 65 British-based Australian Sam Griffiths kept his country at the forefront of the HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing rankings with a superb win at Chatsworth (GBR), his first ever victory in this series. This latest result means that Australian riders have won three out of the first five of the 12 events across three continents and 10 countries in the 2010 HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing.Griffiths, fifth in the 2009 HSBC FEI Classics™, has had extraordinarily consistent results, including third at Badminton and Burghley last year, on Happy Times, an 11-year-old bay gelding by the increasingly successful Eventing sire Heraldik. His aim now is to join the Australian squad for the first time, at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in September. “Australia is proving to have such a strong hand that I thought I’d better win something,” Griffiths joked after his Chatsworth success. “The Cross-Country rode really well, but it was tough and I was pleased to be on such an experienced horse. It was the sort of big course you’d expect someone like Ian Stark to produce in that it favoured bold riding.”Griffiths rose from equal third after Dressage to take the lead going into the final Jumping phase, his task made easier by the departure of the overnight leader Nick Gauntlett (GBR), who fell from the stallion Chilli Morning going into fence 7, the Sunken Road.Clayton Fredericks (AUS), the Dressage runner-up, withdrew Bendigo lll because he is taking the horse to Saumur CCI*** next weekend, and Kitty King (GBR), equal third after Dressage, was eliminated for a fall from Boondoggle at a house-rail-brush and drop combination three from home.Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) had re-routed Woodfalls Inigo Jones to Chatsworth after suffering an early run-out at Badminton and finished second, and Fiona Hobby (GBR), a regular World Cup enthusiast, was third on the Arab-Oldenburg cross Roma ML.Wiegersma admitted she was pleased to have excised her “Badminton demon” on the big, rangy chestnut which, she says, has come out a stronger horse this season. Having been fifth at Kentucky and earned her first senior flag at the HSBC FEI European Championships last year, Wiegersma is also hopeful of a place at the WEG.Hobby, whose sister Tina Fletcher is a successful in Jumping for Britain, was third at Chatsworth back in 2006 on Smart Approach and hopes to enhance her chances in the HSBC FEI World Cup™ Eventing rankings with a run at Haras du Pin (FRA) in August. “She may not look like a conventional eventer, but she’s a fantastic jumper and mover,” said Hobby, who bought Roma ML from Ireland having been impressed after seeing her on a DVD.Ian Stark’s revamped Cross-Country course, which utilises several historic features in the Duke of Devonshire’s spectacular parkland at Chatsworth, was very well received, with the new combinations riding perfectly if boldly attacked; there were 20 clears from the 27 starters on this phase.As usual on Chatsworth’s undulating cambers, the time proved the most influential factor. Andrew Nicholson (NZL), seventh on the spring-heeled Spanish-bred Armada, was fastest with 6.4 penalties and was one of only three to score time penalties in single figures.The order changed little in the final Jumping phase, showing how well horses had come out of the big galloping Cross-Country just a couple of hours previously.The new Badminton champion Paul Tapner (AUS), jumping out of order, kicked off proceedings with an immaculate clear on the skewbald Tiger Flynne to take 10th place, and there were to be four more from the 19 finishers, including from the winner, who held his nerve admirably in the pressurised atmosphere.Nineteen horses finished the competition, three having withdrawn before the Jumping phase.Results1. Sam Griffiths/Happy Times (AUS) 43.8 + 8 + 0 = 51.82. Lucy Wiegersma/Woodfalls Inigo Jones (GBR) 44.4 + 9.6 + 4 = 58.03. Fiona Hobby/Roma ML (GBR) 50.7 + 10 + 0 = 60.74. Neil Spratt/Upleadon (NZL) 44.4 + 15.2 + 5 = 64.65. John-Paul Sheffield/Crown Farm Consort (GBR) 51.0 + 10 + 4 = 65.06. Ruth Edge/Westwood Mariner (GBR) 54.0 + 10 + 4 = 68.07. Andrew Nicholson/Armada (NZL) 58.2 + 6.4 + 4 = 68.68. Andrew Downes/Loughnatousa Gypsy Diamond (GBR) 54.6 + 14 + 0 = 68.69. Mary King/Fernhill Urco (GBR) 46.2 + 20.4 + 4 =70.610. Paul Tapner/Tiger Flynne (AUS) 57.3 + 14.8 + 0 = 72.1Full results on www.bdwp.co.uk/chaCalendar of events1. Tallahassee (USA), 5-7 March 22. Kihikihi (NZL), 2-4 April3. Sydney (AUS), 7-9 May4. Marbach (GER), 7-9 May5. Chatsworth (GBR), 15-16 May6. Tattersalls (IRL), 27-30 May7. Strzegom (POL), 24-27 June8. Minsk (BLR), 21-25 July9. Rebecca Farm, Kalispell (USA), 22-25 July10. Malmö (SWE), 13-15 August11. Haras du Pin (FRA), 18-22 August12. Schenefeld (GER), 26-29 August We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreHave you heard about the mysteriously titled documentary, The Secret? It was featured on Oprah this week and on a Larry King episode promoted as, “How to attract more money, a new career, and a better love life into your experience today”. Have you been awaiting the film release of Conversations With God? Have you ever attended inspirational film screenings at a local church in order to see titles like, What the (Bleep) Do We Know? If “inspirational” is one of your favorite film genres, and you’re bored with the choices offered by Netflix, then a welcome alternative may be the Spiritual Cinema Circle…‘The Secret’A compelling and life-changing film featured on The Oprah Winfrey Show! Discover The Secret that transformed the lives of every person who ever knew it — Plato, Newton, Carnegie, Beethoven, Shakespeare, Einstein. Buy It On DVD ______________________________________________This DVD-of-the-month club was launched in the spring of 2004 by Stephan Simon, the Hollywood producer of Somewhere In Time (Christopher Reeve and Christopher Plummer) and the made-in-heaven Robin Williams movie, What Dreams May Come.For $21.00 per month plus shipping Spiritual Cinema Circle members get four or more films on DVDs to keep – no returns necessary. One is a feature film, and the others are short films.Simon maintains that at the core of all these films are fundamental questions about our lives: What is most important? Where are we going? Why are we here?A fine example is the 15 minute selection from January’s collection, The Danish Poet. Charming with its whimsical animation and simple characters, and narrated by Liv Ullman, this short film answers the question: Where would I be now if certain steps I’d taken had been withheld, or certain decisions that once seemed inconsequential, had been decided differently? Retracing the simple steps of a Danish poet teaches us that all the coincidental details of our life intermingled with others’ lives have delivered us to the special place we each now reside.The tantalizing question brought up by the feature film, Illusion, the Circle’s feature pick for May, 2007, is, “What if I could do this life over? Illusion features 88 year-old Kirk Douglas as a once-famous film director alone and remorseful in his final days. The character is visited by a ghost image of his late friend who shows him the effect of his neglectful parenting on his son’s life.Simon says, “The purpose of spiritual cimena is to make us feel better about being human.” His selections also seem to help us feel more hopeful about our potential to build worthwhile lives. Start an Inspirational Film Discussion GroupThe monthly mailings lend themselves perfectly to the formation of film discussion groups, especially because the Spiritual Cinema Circle already provides the discussion questions. 2-3 questions per film are included, both on a 3-color insert inside the cases, and right on the DVDs themselves. Additionally, preceding each of the films is a brief introduction by the group’s co-founder, Simon.Maybe, the world’s largest spiritual film discussion group is the company’s annual Film Festival-at-Sea held on a cruise ship. This month’s festival will set sail on March 31-April 7. Simon and his Spiritual Cinema collegues have recently produced their first film. It is their February 2007 featured selection, Conversations With God, based on the best-selling non-fiction book by Neale Donald Walsch.Just a few years before he wrote his first book, Neale Donald Walsch was homeless with a broken neck. He certainly had no intention of writing 22 books, or becoming the New York Times best-selling author of “Conversations with God”. In desperate need of help, he was only crying out to God. The Spiritual Cinema Circle calls itself “America’s fastest growing DVD Club” and delivers to members in 70 countries. They are eager for new members, though, using free trials and bonus disks (not to mention cruises) to garner attention.For instance, new members signing up this month will receive Conversations With God, along with a welcome gift — a bonus DVD called Soulmates, containing “6 short films about the magic of relationships”. They’ll give you a trial membership if you wait and sign up in March or April — a month’s DVDs for free, not including a shipping fee of five bucks.Here’s a more detailed sampling of films and documentaries the circle has featured since its inception:Ram Dass: Fierce Grace, about the former Harvard professor-turned-spiritual guru and inspirational authorFarther Than The Eye Can See, about the blind man, Erik Weihenmayer, who scaled Mount EverestStuck, a short about people trapped in an elevator who share their life storiesThe Yogis of Tibet documentary expands our concept of meditationRyan’s Well, about an elementary school child who raises money to dig a well that provides water to an entire village in Africa and spawns a heavyweight charityThe Secret, a documentary that assembles best selling authors, coaches and philosophers including Jack Canfield, Bob Proctor, John Gray, and Dr. Joe Vitale to explain The meta-physical Law of Attraction and its application in various areas of life, from health and wealth to career and relationships.www.spiritualcinemacircle.comAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
The DiveBar elects leaders October 1, 2012 Regular News The DiveBar elects leaders The Underwater Bar Association (The DiveBar) recently swore in new officers, including David Black of Ft. Lauderdale, who will serve as president.Black is a PADI and NAUI scuba instructor.“The new officers of The DiveBar will bring a tremendous amount of energy and productivity to the group,” said Bob Kelley, a DiveBar founder and board member.“The board looks forward to their contributions as DiveBar enters its second year and continues to grow.”The members of The DiveBar chosen to take the new roles are:* Howard Allen Cohen, treasurer. He is a PADI divemaster and a boating safety instructor with the United States Power Squadron.* Jonathan Cohen, vice president of membership. Cohen is an SSI and PADI advanced open water diver.* Sandor Miller, vice president of law school relations. Miller is a law student at Nova Southeastern University and is a PADI scuba instructor.* Anita Paoli, vice president of CLE. Paoli is a PADI open water diver.* Jennifer Rosinski, vice president of communications. Rosinski is a PADI advanced open water diver.* Harry Tapias, vice president of marine & environmental awareness & education. Tapias is a YMCA open water diver.* Lindsey Tenberg, vice president of local dives. Tenberg is a PADI open water diver.* Heather Weeter, vice president of destination dives. Weeter is a PADI divemaster.* Oliver Wragg, corporate secretary. Wragg is a PADI advanced open water diver.The DiveBar, founded in 2011, is the only bar association of its kind in the United States. Its membership consists of legal professionals from around the country who love to dive and who are committed to environmental, educational, and philanthropic goals.
Officials count votes are under way in Guinea after at least 10 people were killed in the violence as debris burns on the streets of Conakry.PHOTO/Africanews Officials count votes are under way in Guinea after at least 10 people were killed in the violence as debris burns on the streets of Conakry.PHOTO/Martha Nangalama TwitterOfficials count votes are under way in Guinea after at least 10 people were killed in the violence as debris burns on the streets of Conakry, in the aftermath of clashes between police and protesters during a bitterly-disputed referendum on Sunday.Anti-government forces came under fire by security forces who “carried out massive arrests, fired blindly, and cruelly molested the people.The FNDC, grouping opposition parties and civil society organisations, called for fresh protests Monday and Tuesday.The authorities could not immediately be reached to confirm the casualty toll.Alpha Conde, who became the West African country’s first democratically elected president in 2010, is proposing a change to the constitution to codify gender equality and introduce other social reforms.But his opponents fear the real motive is to reset presidential term limits, allowing Conde, 82, to run for a third spell in office later this year a scenario that his government has not discounted.Early on Sunday young people attacked police deployed outside a polling station in a suburb of the capital Conakry, according to an AFP reporter and other witnesses. In another school nearby, voting equipment was vandalised.A 28-year-old man was shot dead and several others wounded in another Conakry suburb, Hamdallaye, the victim’s brother confirmed to AFP. Officials did not respond to confirm the death.Clashes also broke out in other Conakry suburbs and elsewhere in the country, a former French colony.Since October, Guineans have protested en masse against the possibility of Conde extending his grip on power.Related At least two dead in bombing on Mogadishu outskirts Saudi preacher shot dead in Guinea village Opposition in Guinea criticize the president for a referendum call
Like us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter https://twitter.com/NewPghCourier BRENNAN MARION, a Greensburg-Salem High School graduate, spent two years as offensive coordinator at Howard University. He was recently named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at William & Mary College. (Photo courtesy Howard University)Brennan Marion, a star football player at Greensburg Salem High School and the University of Tulsa, was recently named offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at William & Mary, a university in Virginia.Sounds simple, right?The path Marion had to take to get there was anything but.Marion grew up in Pittsburgh, telling the Courier in an extensive interview in November 2018 the many schools he attended—Reizenstein, Wilson Christian Academy, Westinghouse, Penn Hills, Steel Valley, Woodland Hills, Greensburg Salem.He told the Courier that he wasn’t immune to the violence that was his environment growing up. His cousin was shot while he attended Westinghouse as a sophomore. During his junior year at Steel Valley, he was ruled academically ineligible to play football, having to deal with his grandmother’s passing.Marion, a Homewood product, never played a full year of high school football until his senior year, in which he attended Greensburg Salem High School in Westmoreland County. There, Marion was a standout in football, basketball and track, and he had plans to play collegiate football after graduating from Greensburg Salem in 2005.Thus, Marion left home. As in 2,600 miles from home, en route to Los Altos Hills, California, site of Foothill College, a community college. He went the “JUCO” (Junior College) route, playing there for one year, but after Marion and his head coach “didn’t see eye to eye on some things,” Marion said, he left Foothill and went to nearby De Anza College, another junior college about 45 miles from San Francisco.Marion is open about saying he endured some tough times back in Pittsburgh in his youth. Now barely a few years into adulthood, he was about to endure another tough stretch—homelessness.“The coach (at De Anza) promised us a living situation, and he couldn’t make that happen,” Marion told the Courier. “There were a few of us guys from out-of-state. We would live in the locker room at De Anza, sleep at (teammates’) houses…once we couldn’t find anywhere else to stay, I decided, we’ll stay in the press box. We slept outside a few times, we rode the bus at night, we stayed in motels…”BRENNAN MARION, right, with a Howard University football player. Marion spent two seasons as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Howard before being named to the same position at William & Mary College in November 2018. (Photo courtesy Howard University)Marion estimated four or five days per week he was homeless during the first two months of the football season. “We used to have to steal from the grocery store to eat,” he said. “One time we slept in the hallway at the school.”Sometimes, however, Marion and a few teammates would use a fellow teammate’s car and sleep in the car, “in the church parking lot.”Times were bad. But then again, times were good for Marion as far as the football field was concerned. Marion topped all receivers in every receiving category in the junior college circuit, was an All-American, and made the Dean’s List.Marion’s outstanding play landed him a scholarship at the University of Tulsa, where he continued to shatter records. In 2007 and 2008, he caught 82 total passes for 2,356 yards and 19 touchdowns. His 31.9 yards per catch in his junior season (2007) was an NCAA record.Now, the NFL scouts were taking notice. Taking notice of Pittsburgh, of Homewood, the man named Brennan Marion. Who would he become? The next legendary receiver, like Jerry Rice? Terrell Owens? Marvin Harrison?The NFL scouts didn’t care about Marion’s past. They weren’t worried about his bout with homelessness, all they cared about was that talent. Great hands, great footwork, his burst of speed, the ability to elude defenders, his explosiveness.For Marion, the bad fortunes seemed to be in the past. It was time for the National Football League. The bright lights. The big paychecks.Then came Dec. 6, 2008—the Conference USA Championship Game between the Tulsa Golden Hurricane and the East Carolina Pirates. The game was played in Tulsa, on Chapman Field, where fans had become used to Marion’s incredible athletic prowess. They watched in stunned silence, however, when he tore his left ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) in his knee on his team’s final offensive play of the game.Marion’s team lost the game. NFL scouts shied away. A possible second-round NFL draft pick in 2009 ended up going undrafted.The Miami Dolphins eventually signed Marion in 2009, but he re-tore the same ACL in training camp.The next year, he served as offensive coordinator for a high school in Union City, Calif., but still had that itch to play professional football. Marion went to Canada to play for the Montreal Alouettes—except that on his second day with the team, he again tore his ACL.To make matters worse, Marion recalls, “While I was at the doctor’s office, the (Dallas) Cowboys called me to sign with them.”Yes, those Dallas Cowboys. America’s Team.However, this third ACL tear was it for Marion and his dreams of playing professional football vanished.Thankfully, that year at James Logan High School in Union City revealed a new love for Marion—coaching.“The biggest thing that got me to love coaching is I had kids from Oakland, Richmond, San Francisco, rough backgrounds, and I thought my life story was rough…a lot of those kids had it worse,” Marion said about his time at James Logan in 2010. “Being able to really impact their lives, getting them to believe that there’s more out there in life, it was really great to help and serve those kids.” In fact, Marion said the high school players saved his life. “They got my life together as far as drinking, partying, the depression of being hurt, thinking I’m going to play in the league.”Coaching and having a daughter, Mariah, were the catalyst to launching Marion’s next journey.In 2013 at age 25, he earned his first head coaching position at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, Calif. He took the team with a 1-9 record the previous season to the playoffs in his first season.Marion then came back to Pennsylvania as the head coach of Waynesboro Area Senior High School. A team that went 0-10 the season prior to Marion’s arrival finished with a 6-4 record in the 2014 season, a feat that was lauded by many in the coaching landscape. It was the Waynesboro Indians’ first winning season since 1992. Marion featured a no-huddle spread offense that produced more than 500 yards of offense and 36.6 points per game.After some coaching stints at a few smaller colleges, Marion landed at Howard University in Washington, D.C., as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach in 2017.That’s where his uptempo, hard-to-stop offense, nicknamed Go-Go, was molded. Under Marion and Howard’s head coach, Mike London, the team pulled off a huge upset—beating UNLV, 43-40, in the 2017 season opener. The UNLV Rebels were a 45-point favorite, making Howard’s win the largest point-spread upset in college football history.During the 2018 season, Howard’s football team scored 55 points twice, along with a 41-point performance in a win over Bethune-Cookman, Sept. 22. The team averaged 33.6 points and 470.8 yards per game with Marion calling the offensive shots.“Coach Marion has done a great job with our offense,” London told the Courier in November 2018. “He’s done a great job with (quarterback) Caylin (Newton) and our offensive staff works well together. (Us) having a great young mind like Coach Marion has been beneficial for us. He’s going to be a head coach one day for sure.”After Howard completed its 2018 season, it was announced that London would become the new head coach at William & Mary, another FCS (football championship subdivision) school, though it plays in the Colonial Athletic Association (Howard plays in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference, which houses nine other HBCU football programs). It was a no-brainer that London would take Marion with him as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.The College of William & Mary should sound familiar to Pittsburghers—it’s where Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin attended college. He was a three-time starter at wide receiver for the William & Mary Tribe between 1990-94. He had 101 career receptions for 2,046 yards and 20 touchdown receptions. Tomlin graduated in 1995.Tomlin is regarded by his players for his leadership style, his “the-standard-is-the-standard” mantra, and his unique motivational tactics. But before Tomlin was ever a household name as an NFL head coach, he spent years coaching in the college ranks; five colleges to be exact—anywhere from graduate assistant, to wide receivers coach, to defensive backs coach.Coaching is hard. It’s not for everyone. Not only do you have to know your Xs and Os, but you must have a genuine concern for your players. Only then will they give you their all. Marion, who’s climbing the coaching ladder, has a genuine care for his players. “I loved high school coaching because you could really develop a kid. You have so much time to mold them into great young men,” he said. “But college, you provide an opportunity for people to be successful and change their family lineage to get an education…the only way to sustain a good life is education.”Marion earned his bachelor’s degree in organizational studies from Tulsa in 2009. Now with a second child, also named Brennan, he’s made many people in his hometown proud, including his father, Jeff Marion. “He kept fighting, he never gave up, he wasn’t coming back to Pittsburgh empty handed, and he didn’t,” Jeff Marion told the Courier.Jeff Marion, also a youth football coach in Pittsburgh with the Lincoln Rams, took some of the youth football players to Howard University in November 2018. There, they saw the workings of a college football program while Brennan Marion talked with the youth about never giving up on their dreams.He’s “giving back to some other kids that are just as talented, come from the same streets, same background, same lack of opportunity (as his), and showing them a path,” Jeff Marion said about Brennan.And high school football players in the Pittsburgh area are aware of Brennan Marion. Hollis Mathis, the state championship-winning quarterback for the Penn Hills Indians, recently announced his intentions to play football at William & Mary. Jeannette senior standout receiver Marcus Barnes also committed to play at William & Mary.Brennan Marion can truly say he’s been all over this country. A kid from Homewood, whom, as his father Jeff says, overcame the odds, becoming not only a star football player, but a college graduate, a coach on the rise, and most importantly to Brennan himself, a leader of men.“Thank God for the ball; that saved my life,” Brennan Marion told the Courier, stating that sports are oftentimes the vehicle to get kids like himself out of adverse situations.Brennan Marion also thanked his grandmother, Charlene Marion, who passed away in 2003 and was an immense figure in his life. “As she was passing away, she asked me, ‘Can you really (try to) make something of yourself?’ That’s what turned the switch on for me, and I did everything to honor her.”
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