Marvin O. Hodges
Lettered in all sports at Gardner High School. After graduation, enlisted in the Navy. Played football and baseball for the U.S.S. Arizona under Hank Hardwick, who went on to coach at the Naval Academy. One of the first married students to be admitted as a full-time student. “Sailor Boy” lettered in four sports as a freshman at Baker and was named to many all-star and all-conference teams in football, basketball, baseball and track. Was named homecoming king in 1941. Quarterbacked the undefeated 1942 Wildcat team.
Finished his studies at Morningside College where he lettered in track while serving as the physical training instructor for the 81st college training detachment, Army Air Corp. Coached high school football for one year at Baldwin High School and one year at Elk Point High School in South Dakota. Was drafted in 1943 by the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL and sent a contract, but chose not to sign due to age and family considerations. Re-entered the Navy during the closing stages of World War II and served again during the Korean Conflict.
Began his officiating career in California in 1946, and became one of the country’s most respected football, basketball and baseball officials. Spent 25 years in basketball officiating, 32 in baseball and begins his 35th year in football this September. Spent five years working with youth and the Head Start Program, Upward Bound, Camp Fire, Inc., YMCA, and the Somis School.