Mount Alum Coaches Decathlete to Olympic Gold
Emmitsburg, Maryland - Mount St. Mary's University congratulates Harry Marra '69 for coaching the "world's greatest athlete" to Olympic Gold. Ashton Eaton achieved what is considered by many as the most coveted honor at the Olympics, winning the Gold in the Decathlon.
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Marra began coaching Eaton in 2009 when he began working for the University of Oregon. With Marra’s help, Eaton claimed the NCAA indoor heptathlon and outdoor decathlon crowns on the way to winning the 2011 Bowerman Award as the nation's top male collegiate athlete. Marra also coaches Eaton’s fiancée, Brianne Theisen, a three-time NCAA champion for Oregon in the heptathlon, a seven-event test for women. Theisen finished 11th out of 39 competitors.
At the Mount, Marra played soccer and competed in three decathlons under internationally renowned coach Jim Deegan. In a recent interview with the Catholic Review, he credits much of his success to Deegan and Frank Zarnowski, former economics professor, and decathlon historian.
Check out this photo gallery of Marra and Eaton together at the Olympic Trials.