Gene A. Marsh received his B.S. and M.S. from Ohio State University and his J.D. from Washington and Lee University. Before enrolling at Ohio State, he served three years in the U. S. Army Infantry with the Presidential Honor Guard at Fort Myer in Arlington, Virginia.
Marsh has focused on collegiate sports work for the past twelve years. He served as the University of Alabama Faculty Athletics Representative to the Southeastern Conference and the NCAA from 1996 through 2003. He served as chair of the University Compliance Committee, the University Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics, and the NCAA Certification Committee and Self-Study Project. He was a member of the Alabama Athlete Agent Committee.
Marsh has extensive experience in the NCAA infractions process, having served as a member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions from 1999 through 2008. Marsh served as Chair of the Committee on Infractions from 2004 to 2006. He was also a member of the NCAA Business/Finance Cabinet and the NCAA Ad Hoc Committee on Financial Penalties and Forfeitures and currently serves on an NCAA subcommittee reviewing infractions penalties. He was a member of the Working Group of the Six Major Athletic Conferences and served on the Working Group Subcommittee on Incentive Clauses in Employment Contracts. Marsh has also served on several committees for the Southeastern Conference, including work on the Executive Committee, the Task Force on Compliance and Enforcement, and the Commissioner Search Advisory Committee.
Marsh has published two law review articles on NCAA investigations and the infractions process. Since joining Lightfoot he has been a frequent speaker on college campuses in undergraduate and law school classes, as well as athletic compliance meetings. He has made presentations for NCAA regional compliance seminars, the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, the Faculty Athletics Representative Fall Forum, the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Street and Smith’s Intercollegiate Athletics Forum, the Sports Lawyers Association, the National Association of College and University Attorneys, and the National Association for Athletics Compliance.
He is married to Jenelle Mims Marsh who is a graduate from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She retired from the University of Alabama School of law in 2011 as Associate Dean for Students/Academic Services and is the author of a book on the law of damages in Alabama. Gene and Jenelle have two children.