Sometimes the early lessons learned in sports make a significant and lasting impact. Such is the case for Charlie Marquess who credits his time at Thornton Junior High and a simple phrase - "Forward ever, backwards never" - for shaping his athletic career. Those four words helped guide Marquess through his own playing career, which started in organized athletics as a member of the Akron Blues baseball team when he was a youngster, through high school, college and into his adult life as an athlete and a coach. Marquess starred in three sports at Akron's Central High School, earning All-City and All-District recognition in both football, where he was a defensive back, and baseball where he patrolled the outfield. He helped Central capture the 1963 City Series gridiron championship. Following graduation in 1964, his athletic prowess served him well as he moved on to the collegiate ranks for his hometown university where he earned two Varsity "A's" in football for hall of fame coach Gordon Larson ('76), served as team captain in 1967 and won the Doc Smith Defensive MVP award as a senior. Marquess also won four letters in baseball for the Zips. He got his coaching start as a member of John Cistone's ('82) staff at St. Vincent's and was also an assistant at Firestone High School. Marquess went on to serve as head football coach at Akron North from 1980-1990 and coached in three all-star games, including the Summit County and the Summit-Stark All-Star games. In addition, he coached softball at North for five seasons, earning City Series Coach of the Year honors in 1989. During that season his star player earned All-NEO honors and was named the City Series Player of the Year - she just happened to be his daughter Michelle. Marquess also competed in both fast and slow pitch softball for local and national teams winning the NEO Championship. He was inducted into the Greater Akron Softball Hall of Fame in 2008.