Khyle Marshall started his basketball dreams in the heart of Pembroke Pines at Flanagan High. After four stellar varsity seasons at Flanagan which led Marshall to amass 3 All State 1st teams, 2 Miami Herald Broward County Player of the year, Sun-Sentinel Player of the year, 3 All County 1st team, and Broward County Scholar Athlete of the year in 2010. The 6’6” Marshall also dominated the AAU circuit playing for Florida powerhouse programs Breakdown, Florida Rams, and South Florida Elite. Garnering 18 scholarships from the likes of Kansas State, Vanderbilt, Old Dominion, Murray State, University of Houston, Marshall, UAB and a host of other Division 1 programs before choosing Butler University.
“Khyle has been interested in coaching and education since I’ve known him. He is very bright, has a great understanding of the game, and always worked hard to improve. He was a very good player – and without a doubt will be an outstanding coach. We are excited for Khyle and the opportunity that he has with Coach Fly at FGCU.”Brad Stevens – Boston Celtics Head Coach
After a solid career at Butler and playing under the tutelage of current Celtics Head Coach Brad Stevens, Marshall became one of only 15 players to finish with 1000+ points and 500+ in school history. His accomplishments at Butler are career averages were 10 points and 5 rebounds, playing in the National Championship game in 2011 vs UConn, and winning a world championship with the USA Olympic U19 team. After finishing his four year career at Butler he played professional basketball in Japan for the Yokohama B-Corsairs, in Portugal for the Galitos Barreiro, in the Dominican Republic for the Huracanes del Atlantico, and finishing in Spain playing for Forca lleida
“Basketball began to feel like a job” so after leaving behind his professional basketball career Khyle Marshall spent the past year as an assistant coach at Florida Southwestern State College learning the ropes and engaging players to become the best version of themselves. The experience reenergized Marshall to pursue a newfound love in a different aspect of the game he’d spent so many years playing.
“Khyle embodies the culture we are creating in our program. He played at Butler for a great coach in Brad Stevens, helped turn Butler into a consistent top 25 program, and played 4 years professionally. More importantly to me, he is a high character, quality human being that will serve as a mentor to our players on and off the court. He is from South Florida which is also important to me since we have had so much success with players from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. I am confident that he will do a fantastic job in our program and will rise quickly in the business.”– Michael Fly Florida Gulf Coast Men’s Head Basketball Coach
Marshall’s reputations precedes him everywhere he goes in the basketball community, things you hear people speak about often when describing him is his work ethic and tenacity. A person of high character, humility, and someone who always has a smile on his face. Since high school Marshall has had a reputation of giving back to the community, sharing insightful stories and encouraging words for up and coming players. Helping with the development of his younger sister former Miami Country Day stand out and current University of Miami freshmen Kelsey Marshall. So the transition into coaching only makes sense. Having been groomed by Alberto Jempierre since the beginning of his career, Brad Stevens on a Collegiate level and experiencing professional basketball overseas there is a lot of qualities Marshall will lend to the FGCU to the enhance the winning culture of the program. Newly appointed Head Coach Michael Fly said this when asked about why he chose Khyle Marshall for the position “Khyle embodies the culture we are creating in our program. He played at Butler for a great coach in Brad Stevens, helped turn Butler into a consistent top 25 program, and played 4 years professionally. More importantly to me, he is a high character, quality human being that will serve as a mentor to our players on and off the court. He is from South Florida which is also important to me since we have had so much success with players from Fort Lauderdale and Miami. I am confident that he will do a fantastic job in our program and will rise quickly in the business.” Alberto Jempierre added “Often times we come into players lives for a season and some for a lifetime I can honestly say that I’ve been in Khyle’s life for a lifetime, it has been a privilege to be able to shape and mold him into the man he is today and to see where he’s come from and where he’s going has been a joy to watch. Khyle has had a great deal of success as a high school, collegiate and professional athlete, As he moves forward in the 2nd phase of his life within the collegiate coaching arena. I’m pretty sure that he will have the same amount of success and or greater as he embarks upon his next journey.” Brad Stevens added “Khyle has been interested in coaching and education since I’ve known him. He is very bright, has a great understanding of the game, and always worked hard to improve. He was a very good player – and without a doubt will be an outstanding coach. We are excited for Khyle and the opportunity that he has with Coach Fly at FGCU.”
The former Broward County Player of The Year, and Butler University stand out, Marshall has just started his new tenure at Florida Gulf Coast University as the Video Coordinator. Starting this new journey in the coaching realm, we delve deeper to find out what’s driving Khyle Marshall and why he decided to stop playing professional basketball and pursue a career in coaching.
RMF: Why did you decide to stop pursuing your professional basketball career and get into coaching?
KM: Playing basketball turned into job. Last summer I would help out Marty at FSW with his guys and watching how receptive the guys were and seeing them gradually improve gave me the sense of fulfillment with the game of basketball again. That’s when I knew I had a calling in coaching.
RMF: How was it playing at Butler under Brad Stevens?
KM: I really enjoyed playing for Brad. He was everything you could ask for in a coach, a genius when it came to Xs and Os and preparation, composed, and relatable. He got the best out of all of his players.
RMF: Describe your pro basketball career? The ups and the downs and the things people don’t get to see.
KM: A lot of people don’t know the stress level of professional basketball. It’s a 12 month job. From working out, working with your agent on finding your next job for the following season, the long travels, learning new cultures and the different styles of basketball. It is a lot to take in. At the same time it’s an incredible experience to get paid and see different parts of the world and play the game you grew up loving.
RMF: How proud of Kelsey Marshall are you, the Stand Out freshmen from the University of Miami?
KM: I’m extremely proud of Kelsey. I knew she would be great at such a young age. To see the accomplishments she’s already obtained is only the beginning. She hasn’t reached her peak yet and that’s a scary thing to say.
RMF: Why FGCU and Head Coach Mike Fly?
KM: I grew a strong relationship with Fly over the past year. He was part of the original staff that built the winning culture at FGCU and I was 100% in his vision with what he was going to do as the new head coach.
RMF: Who were some of the impactful Coaches or Mentors who helped in your development on and off the court?
KM: The most impactful people were first my parents. I wouldn’t be the man I am today if it weren’t for them. Then it was Coach Alberto, he came into my life and saw potential in me that I originally didn’t see in myself. He pushed me to new heights. I wouldn’t have accomplished half the things I accomplished if it weren’t for him. Last is Coach Stevens. He embodies the type of coach I want to be. He’s given me incredible advice during my transition from playing into coaching and I’m extremely thankful for that.
RMF: Whats the next chapter for Khyle Marshall?
KM: The next chapter is another uphill climb. I’m going to continue to grind and work my way up the coaching rankings. Just like when I played I want to reach my highest potential. I want to be a head coach and run my own program.
RMF: What will you miss most about playing the game?
KM: I’m going to miss putting on the jerseys and going out and competing. Most of all I’m going to miss the roars of the crowd after I would throw down a vicious dunk.
RMF: What have you learn from your time under Brad Stevens and how will you apply this to the next phase of your career?
KM: I’ve learned to always be humble and expect greatness in all of my players. The more your believe in you’re guys the harder they’re going to want to play for you.
RMF:How do you feel about the success of your former coach Brad Stevens?
KM: I’m extremely proud of his accomplishments and I’m extremely proud to say I played for a coach like him. I believe he will go down as one of the greatest to ever coach the game when it’s all said and done.
By Kenny Dubuisson for RMF Magazine