Marks on coaching staff for new semi-pro team

Coaches Charles Marks, left, and Daryl Baker of the Midwest Defenders football program.

A former Cabool resident will be part of the coaching staff for the Midwest Defenders, a semi-professional eight-man adult football team coming to West Plains in the spring of 2020.

The team will have players from all over the region and they invite anyone who would like to try out to attend the first open tryouts on Saturday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m. at Carmichael Field in West Plains. There will be a fee of $25.

The team will be coached by head coach Daryl Baker from Springfield. Baker will also be the offensive coordinator. He will be assisted by defensive coordinator Deonta Wade from northwest Tennessee. The running backs and defensive line will be coached by Erik Butzin from Dallas, Texas. Charles Marks, originally from Cabool, but now residing in West Plains, will be the special teams, tight ends, and defensive ends coach. Charles is also a former assistant coach for Houston, Missouri.

The Midwest Defenders will be a member of the Central Plains Football League (CPFL,) playing teams from Springfield, Joplin, Branson, Oklahoma, and Kansas.

“Our goal is to be able to give back to the community and various charitable organizations, but in order to do this we are currently looking for sponsors. Contact Coach Daryl Davis at 417-396-7982 for information about the team, tryouts, or sponsorship. You can also visit us on Facebook or at our website at,” a spokesperson said.

1 Comment

  1. Charles Marks on July 10, 2019 at 11:18 am

    I believe that there are many former Bulldog players out there that can make this team! I hope to see a bunch of you at tryouts!

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