Marist Red Foxes
|Marist Red Foxes|
|Conference(s)||Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Pioneer Football League|
|NCAA||Division I, FCS Football|
|Athletics director||Tim Murray|
|Location||Poughkeepsie (town), NY|
|Football stadium||Tenney Stadium|
|Basketball arena||McCann Arena|
|Baseball stadium||James J. McCann Baseball Field|
|Other arenas||Gartland Athletic Field, Tennis Pavilion, Longview Park|
|Fight song||Marist Fight Song|
|Colors||Red and White
The Red Foxes are the athletic teams of Marist College. The Marist Red Foxes compete in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) the only exception being football, a member of the Pioneer Football League (PFL).
The Red Foxes make up 23 varsity teams. Separate men's and women's teams are sponsored for basketball, tennis, crew, lacrosse, soccer, cross country, track, swimming and diving. Sponsored women's teams are softball, volleyball, and water polo. While sponsored men's teams are baseball and football. These varsity programs involve more than 550 Marist student-athletes. The crew programs are among the few in the nation that claim on-campus facilities.
The red fox or reynard is indigenous to the Hudson Valley where Marist is located and is regarded as highly intelligent and cunning. It is the red fox from which Marist's school colors of red and white are derived.
Marist teams have won over 91 MAAC championships and have competed in numerous Division I national championship tournaments.
Women's rowing - Loyola University Maryland
Softball – Canisius College
Men's Soccer - Fairfield University
Women's soccer – Siena College
Men's tennis – Fairfield University
Women's tennis – Fairfield University
Men's lacrosse - Siena College
Women's lacrosse - Siena College
Battle of I-87 
Siena College located in Albany, New York is Marist's fiercest rival, most notably in men's basketball. Siena has ended Marist's season in the MAAC tournament 5 times between 1999 and 2007. Many fans and sportswriters refer to this match-up as "The Battle of I-87" because of the two-hour proximity of each school on Interstate 87 (Coincidentally, the approximate distance between the two is 87.4 miles). Although this rivalry exists in all sports, it is most heated during the basketball season. During the 1983–1984 season a brawl between the two basketball teams, their fans and coaches at McCann put the series on hiatus for three years. The animosity goes back to when both schools competed at the Division II level, then the ECAC Metro Conference and continues today in the MAAC.
Fight Song 
Marist, College, Let the bells ring.
Honor, Glory, Your Praises We Sing.
We're here with banners fly-ing!
Our shouts of victory cry-ing! Rah! – Rah! – Rah!
Alma, Mater, We love you dear.
Conquering, Heroes, We're here to cheer.
We have no fear for Marist College,
We'll fight on to victory.
Marist, Foxes, We're on the run.
Up hill, downhill, having much fun.
We lure our every foe,
Into the Red Fox hole. Rah! – Rah! – Rah!
Scratch them, tear them, rip them a part.
Offense, Defense – right from the start,
We have no fear for our Red Foxes,
They'll fight on to Victory.
Marist captured its unprecedented 10th Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Commissioners Cup in 2011, sharing the title with Iona College. The Commissioners Cup is awarded annually to the most successful MAAC athletic department over the course of the year.
James J. McCann Recreation Center 
The James J. McCann Recreation Center consists of three major areas and dozens of minor ones. The three major areas are the McCann Field House, the Natatorium, and the Strength and Conditioning Center.
The natatorium is a 265,000 US gallons (1,000 m3) facility, ranging in depth from 4 feet (1.2 m) to 13 feet (4.0 m). It provides six 25-yard (23 m) lanes and an independent diving well. The well contains two 1-meter and one 3-meter diving board.
The Strength and Conditioning Center is two floors. The lower floor consists of weight training equipment, the upper floor consists of cardiovascular training equipment. All told, the facility can easily accommodate 100 students simultaneously.
Minor areas include two racquetball courts, a 2,200-square-foot (200 m2) dance studio, five locker rooms, a classroom, the Pepsi Hall of Fame multi-media meeting room, the 2,100-square-foot (200 m2) Dr. Maynard Center for Sports Medicine, the Academic Enhancement Center, the 4,200-square-foot (390 m2) Coach's Complex, an 11,000-square-foot (1,000 m2) Mondo-surfaced auxiliary gymnasium, used heavily by intramurals and club sports, and a student lounge.
Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field 
McCann Baseball Field 
Tennis pavilion 
In 2006, a tennis pavilion opened to support the men's and women's tennis programs. It features eight lighted, regulation-sized courts, a center walkway, and a pergola-covered spectator area. Along with Marist the United States Military Academy and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens, New York, host site of the U.S. Open, are the only tennis venues in the area that can boast a Deco II playing surface. Designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill the pavilion is located on the east campus. The pavilion replaced the old tennis courts that were removed in 1994 to make room for the construction of the Student Center.
Boathouse Row and Longview Park 
The athletic facilities with the greatest amount of history in the Marist College Athletic Department are the boathouses located on campus, which sit on the banks of the Hudson River. It is rare in collegiate rowing to have on-campus rowing facilities.
Two houses exist: the original Cornell University boathouse once occupied by Cornell's crew teams during their annual training and racing at the Poughkeepsie Regatta, which was held in Poughkeepsie from the late 19th century until 1949, and the newer adjacent Marist boathouse, which stands on the former site of the University of California and University of Washington boathouses. The Marist boathouse features a boat bay, which contains a fleet of 16 top-of-the-line Vespoli shells. Additionally, on the second floor are 30 Concept II ergs, free weights, a video viewing lounge and a coaching office. The Cornell boathouse was remodeled in 2008, and currently is used by the school President for administrative functions, as well as housing a few racing shells for the women's team.
The 12 acre Longview Park is home of the champion Marist men's and women's rowing teams. It is where Marist hosts intercollegiate and interscholastic rowing regattas. It has a bike/walk path along the Hudson River's east shore, a fishing pier, the boathouses, and a gazebo with scenic vistas on a promontory in the center of the park.
Gartland Athletic Field & Softball Field 
Also known as North Field, the Gartland Athletic Field now serves as a core practice facility for Marist intercollegiate sports, including soccer, lacrosse, and rugby. It is also a playing field for club sports and general recreation. At almost 10 acres (40,000 m2) in size, the field is large enough to accommodate three team practices simultaneously. The turf is composed of a Kentucky bluegrass, rye and fescue mix situated on a sand and organic material base. An irrigation system provides 85 sprinkler heads to help maintain this practice location.
The intercollegiate Softball field, equipped with a state-of-the-art electronic score board and newly renovated dugouts, resides in the far corner of North field. A practice softball field at the opposite end of the field is used during tournament play, intramural games, and sole club sports.
Mens Basketball 
The Marist men's basketball team's first varsity season was 1961-1962 at the Division III level. Marist would play the next 20 seasons at this level. Their most successful season during this time was the 1970-1971 season under head coach Ron Petro in which they went 21-7.
The Marist Athletic Department including the men's basketball program transitioned up to the Division I level during the 1981-1982 season. Soon after Marist gained national recognition for their on the court success and for being one of the first colleges to recruit players from overseas. The most successful Marist men's basketball teams played in the mid-1980s and were composed mostly of players from Europe and Canada. They were led by future 1st round selection and NBA All-Star Rik Smits who was originally from the Netherlands, also on those teams was Rudy Bourgarel and Alain Forestier from France, Peter Krasovec from Hungary, Curtis Celestine from Canada and Serbian player Miroslav Pecarski. At the time, Pecarski was considered by some to be Europe's top 17-year-old player, but he was injured in the preseason, creating an opportunity for Smits.
During the 1984-1985 season Marist hosted eventual national champion Villanova and lost a tough fought game 57-51. That same year Marist would earn its first ECAC Metro Conference regular season championship. That team was coached by Matt Furjanic whose staff also included Jim Todd who would go on to become head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.
In 1986 and 1987 Marist won the ECAC Metro Conference Tournament and advanced to play in the NCAA Tournament. In the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Marist lost 68-53 against a Georgia Tech team which would send four members of its starting lineup to the NBA. The 1987 team was Dave Magarity’s first year as head coach of the Red Foxes. The team won 20 games for the first time in its Division I history and lost to Pittsburgh in the NCAA first round. Magarity’s staff included Jeff Bower, formerly the general manager and head coach of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.
After graduating Rik Smits was drafted #2 in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft to become the first Marist player to play in the NBA; he would have a long successful career with the Indiana Pacers.
Marist lost in the first round of the 1996 NIT to Rhode Island. That team was led by 6'11" center Alan Tomidy (1st team all New York Metropolitan, NEC & a Haggerty Award Finalist) who averaged 18.8 pts and 11.3 rebounds per game. Other players of note were shooting forward Kareem Hill (13.7 pts and 8.7 rbs/game) and guard Danny Basile (15 pts/game) who combined for 55 points in the NIT loss.
Since joining the MAAC in 1997 Marist has not won a conference tournament title nor qualified for an NCAA berth although they won the MAAC regular season title twice (shared 2002, outright 2007). Not coincidentally each of those teams possessed outstanding guard play; Sean Kennedy in 2002 and Jared Jordan in 2007.
The 2006-2007 season featured point guard Jared Jordan, 7' center Steve Smith and shooting guard Will Whittington. Jordan led the nation in assists for the second straight year while Whittington, a three point shooting specialist, contributed 17.6 pts/game. Whittington finished his Marist career with 362 three pointers, still a program record. In March 2007 The Men's Basketball team defeated Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT 67-64.
On June 28, 2007, Jared Jordan became the second Marist College basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft, as the 45th overall pick, 15th pick in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers.
Center Rik Smits (45) and guards Drafton Davis (3) and Steve Smith (12) are the only three Marist players to have their jersey retired.
Two Marist players have won the Haggerty Award, Izett Buchanan in 1994 and Jared Jordan in 2007. The award is given annually to the the Metropolitan area's top men's Division I basketball player.
Head Coaches 
- Jeff Bower - 2013–present
- Chuck Martin - 2008–2013
- Matt Brady - 2004-2008
- Dave Magarity - 1986-2004
- Matt Furjanic - 1984-1986
- Ron Petro - 1966-1984
- Paul Arnold - 1964-1966
- Tom Wade - 1962-1964
- George Sturba - 1961-1962
Womens Basketball 
The Marist women's basketball team won 20 games for the first time during the 1981-1982 season going 21-10 under head coach Susan Deer. They would not reach the 20 win plateau again until the hiring of Brian Giorgis before the 2002-2003 season. In Brian's first season Marist would go 20-11, (13-5 MAAC). Since then, under Brian's guidance, Marist has dominated the MAAC with 8 championships and has become a powerhouse on the national stage.
The first conference crown came in 2004 followed by another one in 2006. Although Marist would lose both times in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (2004 to Oklahoma and 2006 to Georgia) these games were just building blocks for greater successes.
In March 2007, after a going 27-5 and making the NCAA tournament for the third time in school history, Marist's women's basketball team surprised a nation of NCAA fans under the leadership of co-captains Alisa Kresge and Nikki Flores, carried by Rachele Fitz. They became the third 13th seed to make it to the Sweet 16 since the women's tournament expanded to 64 teams. They defeated 4th-seeded Ohio State and 5th-seeded Middle Tennessee to make it to the Sweet 16.
In March 2008, the women's basketball team was seeded 7th in the New Orleans Regional of the NCAA Basketball Tournament where they defeated the 10th seeded Depaul Blue Demons 76–57. They were then defeated by the 2nd seeded LSU Lady Tigers 68–49 on March 24, 2008, ending Marist's 22 game winning streak.
In the 2011 NCAA tournament the women's basketball team defeated Iowa State in the first round and were thoroughly defeating Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium in the 2nd round until Marist's best player Erica Allenspach was injured. Duke took the lead late in the 2nd half and prevailed 71-66.
During the 2011-2012 season the Marist women's basketball team won their seventh straight MAAC championship by crushing Fairfield in the MAAC Final 61-35. They would go on to the NCAA Tournament as a 13 seed and beat 4th seed Georgia 76-70. Marist would then lose a tough game in the second round 66-63 to the 5th seed St. Bonaventure ending another successful season for a team that was viewed as Marist's most vulnerable in years.
The 2012-2013 season was the third time in the last six years that Marist would go undefeated in MAAC regular season play (18-0). Marist cruised through the MAAC tournament and defeated Iona 72-48 in the championship game. This was Marist's 9th MAAC title tying St. Peters for the most championships in MAAC history.
Football started at Marist as a club sport in 1965 and became a varsity sport in 1978 as a Division III independent. In 1993 football moved up to Division I-AA and in 1994 became the first Marist athletic team to become a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Marist plays its home games in Tenney Stadium on the main campus in Poughkeepsie, NY.
The men's soccer program has qualified for three NCAA tournaments (2000, 2004 & 2005) and the women's program once (2011).
The 2004 men's team lost a tough first round game in overtime 2-1 to the University of Connecticut.
Marist has a large and active rowing program. Marist currently hosts both men's and women's heavyweight and lightweight teams all of which compete as part of the MAAC. The teams row out of the Marist Boathouse on campus and use Longview Park to host races. While the women's teams have won 10 conference titles and only finished lower than second once, the men's team in particular dominates the MAAC and has won the rowing title every year since joining the league, except in 2000 when they finished second to Loyola.
Each spring Marist competes against the United States Military Academy for the President's Cup Trophy. The two teams switch off hosting the event each year. West Point's proximity (30 miles south, on the opposite shore of the Hudson) and its competetive rowers (despite its club team status) has led to an intense rivalry developing over the years. The President's Cup Regatta, named in honor of former Marist College President Linus Richard Foy has been an annual event for over four decades. In addition Marist routinely participates in the annual ECAC championship and the IRA national championship.
Each October, since 2009, Marist also hosts the Poughkeepsie Regatta at Longview Park on the Hudson River. From 1895 to 1949 the Intercollegiate Rowing Association national championship race was held in Poughkeepsie on the same site that is now Longview Park. The original races started off Rogers Point in Hyde Park and ended about a mile south of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. The top college teams would attend and Poughkeepsie was known as the rowing capital of the world. There were about 125,000 fans along the route in 1929, and 100,000 in 1930. 2009 competitors included Marist, Columbia, Cornell, Navy, Pennsylvania, Syracuse, Army, and Vassar College.
The Poughkeepsie Regatta was cancelled in October 2011 when high water levels and excessive debris on the Hudson from recent storms made the river unsafe for competition.
During the summer of 2002 the Marist men's varsity eight boat advanced to the semifinals of the Temple Challenge Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta. In 2013 the women's program qualified for the inaugural NCAA Rowing Championship in Indianapolis.
Marist has advanced to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship 6 times, each time winning the MAAC tournament.
The first was the 1997 Marist Baseball team led by All-American Mark Barron and two future Major League draftees, Jorge Santiago and Mike Speckhardt. The Marist Red Foxes qualified for the NCAA Tournament and headed to the regional site at Florida State University. The Foxes battled the #4 nationally ranked Florida State Seminoles but fell 4-2 in their first ever tournament appearance.
In the spring of 2000 the Red Foxes swept through the MAAC Tournament winning the conference championship. While competing in the NCAA Tournament in Lafayette, Louisiana, Marist, won the program's first NCAA Tournament victory with a 6-5 win over McNeese State University and taking top-seeded East Carolina to 11 innings before falling 8-7. Senior catcher Anthony Ambrosini and sophomore Anthony Bocchino were both named to the All-Regional Team. The Red Foxes also had two All-America nominees in Bocchino (.404 batting average and 90 hits) and freshman pitcher Kevin Ool (6-4, 2.42 ERA).
During 2001, the Red Foxes earned their second consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, running their tournament unbeaten streak to five games having swept through both the 2000 and 2001 MAAC Tournaments. The 2001 squad equaled the efforts of the season before, when it traveled to Stanford University for the NCAA Regional. The Red Foxes knocked off Long Beach State, eliminating the team that had the second-highest number of draft picks in the country in the 2001 Major League Baseball Draft. The 2001 Red Foxes had two All-Americans in Anthony Bocchino and Tim Bittner, who was drafted in the 10th round by the Chicago White Sox. Rookie left-hander Chris Tracz was named Louisville Slugger and Baseball America Rookie All-America, posting a 10-1 season (only loss coming to nationally ranked #4 Stanford).
In 2002 the Red Foxes won a record 41 games, and captured its first MAAC Regular Season Title. The team ran its MAAC Tournament win streak to eight, sweeping to its third straight MAAC Title. The Red Foxes were the third-seeded team in the Lincoln, Nebraska Regional. In the opener, they upset Southwest Missouri State, 5-4, with an 11th inning home run, to put Marist in the Regional winner bracket. It marked the third straight season that Marist had won an NCAA Regional game. Anthony Bocchino was named MAAC Player of the Year, and was then drafted in the 11th round by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Bocchino earned Second Team All-America honors for the second straight year as well. Chris Tracz continued to write his name into Marist history winning 10 games for the second straight season and earning MAAC Pitcher of the Year accolades.
The 2005 Red Foxes rebounded from a 1-11 start to end the season 33-19 and win its second MAAC Regular Season Championship. Marist once again swept through the MAAC Tournament defeating Niagara 5-3 in the final to capture its fourth MAAC Championship in six years and qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time in the programs history. The Red Foxes traveled to the Baton Rouge, Louisiana Regional joined by LSU, Rice and Northwestern St. Marist led #18 nationally ranked LSU Tigers 4-0 early in the Regional opener only to succumb late in the game.
Since 2006 the Marist and Army baseball teams play each spring in the Hudson Valley Baseball Classic at Dutchess Stadium in Fishkill, NY. The game is usually highlighted by Cadets parachuting onto the field and presenting the game ball and an impressive fireworks show.
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The men's lacrosse team has been to one NCAA Tournament after winning the MAAC lacrosse title in 2005. They would go on to play eventual national champion Johns Hopkins in the first round. Marist was soundly defeated 22-6.
The Marist men's team is arguably the most successful program in the conference having advanced to play in 9 Division I NCAA Men's Tennis Championships. If not winning the conference they have been in the hunt almost every year.
The women's team also has been moderately successful having advanced to 4 Division I NCAA Women's Tennis Championships.
Swimming and Diving 
The Marist men's and women's programs are the most successful programs in MAAC history.
The men have won 12 MAAC titles (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008).
The women have won 14 MAAC titles (1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013).
In addition the men have won two Metropolitan team championships (1990, 1995) and the women two (1994, 1995). The women have also won two ECAC championships (1994, 1995). Marist has had 3 ECAC athletes of the year, Brian Bolstad in 2010, Devin O'Nalty in 2008 and Jamie Falco in 2007.
Water Polo 
The Marist athletic department added women's water polo in 2000. They started competing in the MAAC after the league began sponsoring the sport In 2003. Since then the team has been nationally ranked on several occasions and has won 4 MAAC titles (2006, 2008, 2009 & 2010) each of which earned them an automatic berth to the NCAA Women's Water Polo Championship Tournament.
Marist has won two MAAC championships which advanced them to the NCAA Division I Softball Championship (2006 & 2013).
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