Bonner County Daily Bee – Sports, Genesis Prep Marsell Colbert the first African-American head coach to win a IHSAA…


A FedEx employee in 1997, Marsell Colbert wasn’t surprised to learn he was Coeur d’Alene’s first African-American courier.

Colbert was eight years removed from leaving a rough Maryland neighborhood for a basketball scholarship at North Idaho College, in one of the more racially homogeneous areas of the country.

But Colbert, then in the infancy of his coaching career with local youth leagues, was proud of that distinction.

“It’s always special to be the first to accomplish something,” said Colbert, now a history teacher and head coach at Idaho small-school basketball power Genesis Prep Academy in Post Falls.

Twenty years later, it appears Colbert has marked another first, and etched his name in Idaho high school sports…

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