Coach Profile: Marvin Diener 2/17
By Dion Clisso PrepsKC Managing Editor
Marvin Diener might just be called the king of Kansas Class 5A. The veteran coach dominated the level while he was at Salina Central and in the last five seasons at Gardner-Edgerton he has taken the Trailblazers from 2-7 to back-to-back perfect regular seasons.
Gardner-Edgerton was once a team people looked to beat on their schedules but in 2010 the Trailblazers were maybe now the most feared team at any level in the state. Gardner-Edgerton dominated almost every opponent and featured the Simone Award winner Bubba Starling.
Diener began his coaching career as an assistant at Wichita’s Bishop Carroll High School where he was a part of a staff that took Carroll from no wins to a playoff birth in just two seasons. From there he began his head coaching career at Class 4A Hoisington High School. Diener coached there for three years and led the school to it’s first-ever playoff appearance.
After Hoisington, Diener moved to Salina Central where he turned the Mustangs into one of the best programs in the Midwest. In the 19 years Salina Central won 11 league titles, appeared in the playoffs 16 times, won 14 regional titles and appeared in the state title game nine times winning six titles.
Since moving to Gardner he has led the Trailblazers to their first-ever playoff win, the state semifinals and then the state title game last season. This year Gardner-Edgerton has had little trouble with most of its schedule and has played a home game on ESPN. The Trailblazers would fall short of their ultimate goal losing to Blue Valley in the Class 5A semifinals but it was an outstanding season none the less.
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