Marcus Wilhite arrived in El Paso just in time to make the final day of camp.
He departs leaving behind him the benchmark by which all future Rhino forwards will be measured.
Marcus leaves as the Rhinos top offensive player in the programs short history.
Ranking #1 in:
Games played (115)
Power Play Goals (23)
Power Play Assists (49)
He was part of Rhino teams that tallied 101 wins in 2 years.
An interview with Marcus Wilhite.
What made you decide on Curry?
I felt really comfortable with the coach. He reminded me a lot of Coach Herman. He has a lot of passion for hockey and his players personally.
The school seemed really laid back, built into the trees 7 miles outside Boston. Had the feel of a small school in a small community (Milton, Mass), yet really close to the city (Boston).
My dad is just trying to figure out how he is going to be able to afford flying out to watch us play. (haha)
Was coach Herman involved/helpful during the recruiting process?
Coach Herman along with Trevor Converse were very helpful in the process.
He (Herman) basically gave me the opportunity to go to Milwaukee School of Engineering single handedly over this last summer.
He never once pushed me to go to a school or anything like that, he was very supportive and told me that it was my decision and that he\’d help me wherever I needed it.
I had no idea we were going to be as competive as we were.
I matured as a player and person and I learned how to overcome adversity and lead under tough conditions.
After I left Alaska Sean and Cost both called and said I had to go down there.
I decided after talking to Coach Herman, I went down and made it to the last day of camp and was a Rhino ever since.
I got better, stronger, and more mature in my two years there.
The success I had individually was a product of the whole program.
Coach Herman really coached to my strengths.
He would give me advice along the way and show me little things to help perfect my game.
He let me be creative and go out and produce as much offense as I could, as well as become more disciplined and accountable on the defensive side.
I learned how to play in every situation in El Paso, whereas I don\’t know if I would of gotten the same experience being a first year guy on an NAHL team.
Plus I\’ve always said that you shouldn\’t fix what isn\’t broken and in El Pason everything was working.
He\’s a guy where we would look to him on the bench or in the locker room and always find answers.
He let us play and rarely was negative, which in turn, made us play with more confidence and at the highest level we could play at.
I know you have a younger brother.
Maybe a couple regrets about getting caught going to fast on the highway (haha).
But no, I have met some of the best people, and I\’ll stay close with a lot of my teammates I\’ve met over the last two years.
Quotes by Coach Cory Herman on Marcus Wilhite:
“Marcus has very quick speed, he\’s very crafty with the puck and has great side to side movement”.
“He has the uncanny ability to see space in a defender before it appears”.
“He\’s a great puck handler, and very smart with his passing”.
“Marcus needs to carry the puck, the more you put the puck on his stick the better he plays”.
“Marcus grew a lot as a player and as a person here”.
“He\’s a very intelligent person, which is why schools like Milwaukee School of Engineering, and Curry College were after him.
It\’s a testament to Marcus as a person to find the perfect situation at Curry, he can get a great education, and still play for an accomplished, winning, hockey program”.
“Marcus will succeed wherever he goes”.
“We\’re excited for the Wilhite family, and proud to be turning out another great (soon to be) student athlete”.