Marsh to take indefinite medical leave from St. Lawrence

St. Lawrence head coach Joe Marsh will not start the season behind the bench and would not say when he may return after he told the Watertown Daily Times this week that he’s planning an indefinite medical leave.

Marsh has battled a chronic arthritic condition the past several years and has missed games and practices.

“What I’m looking to avoid is a continuance of how last year went — was I in or was I out?,” Marsh said in the Times. “Who knows? Maybe I’ll come back soon, maybe I’m not coaching again, I don’t know. Whatever happens, I want it to be my decision and do it the right way and leave it the right way. I’ve done this for half my life, so obviously, what’s left is pretty important to me.”

New associate head coach Mike Hurlbut and assistant Greg Carvel will handle the coaching duties and former Saints’ player Jared Keller may be brought in to assist with recruiting.

“I want the emphasis on them and what we have here,” Marsh added. “Not the fact that I’m sitting around on the shelf. I don’t want to mess it up by mistake by being half-in, half-out. It’s better for everybody if I just sort of step back.”