UPDATED: Bears Coach Marcus Borden Steps Down

Frank Noppenberger sys Marcus Borden's presence will be missed at EBHS.


After 30 years s as head coach of the East Brunswick Bears varsity football team, Marcus Borden told his players Wednesday that he was stepping down.

"The impact Coach Borden has made to our athletic department and in particular the football program can not be measured in championships alone but more importantly on the life as well as lessons he has instilled in his players," sand Frank Noppenberger, supervisor of Athletics and Physical Education. "Terms such as team player and sportsmanship, and commitment are just the lessons he consistently emphasized during summer conditioning, practices and preparation for every season.  On a personal level I will miss his genuine enthusiasm before the season and his attention to detail, as well as his loyalty." 

Despite a few slow recent seasons, Borden was incredibly successful during his tenure in East Brunswick, compiling a record of 142-131-1. He reached the state finals in 1985 and 1985, the state semis in 1987, 1988 1990 and in 1994, and was Central Jersey Group IV State Champions in 2004 and 2009. In 2010 the squad reached the Central Jersey Group IV quarterfinals.

Before coming to East Brunswick, Borden was defensive coordinator for two years at Bethlehem Catholic. and spent four years as an assistant at Lehigh University from 1977 to 1981.

Coach Borden did not respond to requests for comment.

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Jean Valjean January 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM
Wow..forced out by whom? The EBHS Principle or someone else and why now? There MUST be more to this story???
daisy poucher January 16, 2013 at 12:37 AM
by the fans who were forced to watch boring football
Norman March 30, 2013 at 12:35 AM
Hey Daisy Dukes...I seriously doubt it had ANYTHING to do with the fans. Let's be honest Borden is known to be a "bully" and it is his way or the highway. I would imagine there are people in high places that got a bit tired of his self centered style of coaching......
Sean Caffrey July 19, 2013 at 04:36 PM
Coach Borden is a tremendous Coach and a wonderful Human Being. He has done so much for so many people. He's also raised a bunch of money for Cerebral Palsy. I would love to play for, coach for, or have my kids coached by Marcus Borden anyday!
Norman July 24, 2013 at 09:44 AM
There is no arguing that Coach B has done a lot for the community as well as donating his time and efforts to some very good causes. That said, he is not a "Saint" and has another side to him that has over the years rubbed many people the wrong way. If you are one of his "favorite sons" he will bend over backwards for you....if you are not, you might as well not even exist.....I speak from experience.


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