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Eugene Marshall, Jr. Named Eighth Director of Athletics Courtesy: ICGaels.com

Release: 05/05/2011

NEW ROCHELLE, NY – Iona College President Br. James A. Liguori announced the appointment of Eugene Marshall, Jr. as the eighth Athletics Director in school history. Marshall will take over as chief administrator for the athletics department and its 21 NCAA Division I programs beginning June 1. "Gene's passion, integrity and experience in the field of athletics will serve him well as Iona College's next Director of Athletics," said Liguori. "I'm delighted to have Gene on board as the leader of our athletic department." "I'm very excited for the opportunity to lead Iona's athletic department," said Marshall. "I look forward to helping the coaches, administrative support staff and most importantly the student-athletes continue the College's excellent academic and athletic tradition." Marshall comes to Iona from Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ where he served as Acting Director of Athletics for the 2010-11 campaign. It was his second term in the position having previously served for seven years from 1998-2005. In between his stints at Ramapo, Marshall served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. As deputy athletic director at Army, Marshall served as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of its 25 Intercollegiate Athletic programs and direct oversight of men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s ice hockey and lacrosse. He also oversaw the administration of virtually all areas of the athletic department including the Senior Woman’s Administrator, sports supervisors, facilities, operations and event managers, marketing and promotions, logistics, external operations, athletic communications as well as NCAA admissions and compliance issues. From 2005-2010, the USMA Athletic Association maintained a 95% graduation rate among its student athletes. Athletically, Army made 20 appearances in various NCAA Championships, including programs in 10 different sports. Marshall joined Kevin Anderson’s staff at Army after a highly successful seven-year term as Director of Athletics at Ramapo beginning in 1998. His tenure included a successful rebuilding of its athletic program, including six-straight years of the total team’s win/loss record of at least 19 games over .500. In his final year at Ramapo, 11 out of the 17 Roadrunner athletic programs participated in postseason play, highlighted by an NCAA Regional victory in softball, All-America honors for members of the track and field team, and an appearance in the men's basketball NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen. Under Marshall’s tenure, the student-athlete graduation rate increased from 40% to 75%. As part of the department’s strategic plan, Marshall played a key role in planning the development of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, a $25-millon state-of-the-art facility. Marshall also served as head women’s basketball coach for six seasons at Ramapo, turning the program around and earning an ECAC Division III Metro Tournament semifinal round appearance on three occasions. Prior to his arrival at Ramapo, Marshall served as athletic director and head women's basketball coach at the College of Staten Island. While at CSI, he oversaw 10 intercollegiate athletic programs and the school's intramural and recreation activities. He also managed the college's new outdoor athletic fields and courts as well as its state-of-the-art indoor sports complex. As head coach in 1996, Marshall led the women's basketball team to the school's third CUNY Tournament championship and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Women's Tournament, while leading the nation in Division III total defense (45.5 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.300). Before his tenure at CSI, Marshall spent 11 years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he filled a number of roles, including director of athletics; director of intramurals and recreation; coordinator of special events and conference services; interim director of student activities and orientation; Pratt Benjamin Banneker Academy coordinator; special advisor to the president for multi-cultural affairs; head women's volleyball coach and head men's basketball coach. A 1981 graduate of Northeastern University, Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later completed his master’s degree in sports leadership at Northeastern in 2010. While an undergraduate at Northeastern, Marshall was a member of the Huskies' men's basketball team under current UConn Head Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater.

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