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Haskins to lead PPS athletics

August 15, 2013
Portland Public Schools announces that Marshall Haskins is the district's new athletic director, succeeding Greg Ross who has retired. Haskins, a vice principal at Franklin High School, was a three-sport athlete at Jefferson and coached two teams to state championships.
Haskins started his PPS career at Madison High School as an integration specialist and the head boys’ basketball coach. He served as Self Enhancement Inc.'s vice president for operations from 1990 to 2002 and has been a vice principal at Jefferson, Wilson and most recently, Franklin high schools.

As a student in Portland Public Schools, Haskins played three varsity sports at Jefferson High, where he went on to become the head basketball coach and athletic director. He led teams to two state championships and is proud that all of his graduating seniors during his coaching tenure went to college. Among the players he has coached are NBA players Terrance Jones and Terrance Ross.

Athletes expected to hit the books
Haskins said his goal is to create a state-of-the-art athletic program.

"I believe that academics and athletics go hand-in-hand," Haskins said. "Our coaches and I will work to ensure that all student athletes are on track to graduate. They must be passing classes to participate and if students are struggling, we will involve them in a tutoring program."

Haskins further plans to increase the number of female and disadvantaged youth participants and to create and maintain vital feeder programs.Haskins said he will work to increase fundraising to cover budget shortfalls, work to increase partnerships in the Portland community and strengthen alumni and neighborhood participation to create pride in neighborhood schools.

"We are thrilled to have Marshall, with his deep involvement in the PPS athletic program, step into this leadership position. We're looking forward to all he will do for our students," said Trip Goodall, director of high schools. "Please join me in welcoming Marshall and thanking Greg for his outstanding service."

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