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THE ADMINISTRATION

DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS

The 2013-14 academic year will mark Marty Scarano’s 14th year as Director of Athletics at UNH. During his tenure, Scarano has heightened national exposure for UNH athletics with academics, facility renovations and programmatic advancement being top priorities. His many accomplishments have played a key role in UNH being named one of the Top 20 Athletic Departments in the Country in U.S. News and World Report college athletics rankings. The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of UNH athletes in 2012-13 was 87 percent. The football team’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 978 was second in the CAA. In the America East Academic Cup, UNH finished second for the third time in the last four years, achieving a 3.18 cumulative grade-point average, its highest GPA in the 18-year history of the award. New Hampshire led all institutions with 108 student-athletes on the 2012 America East Fall Academic Honor Roll while earning the highest percentage (72%) of student-athletes named to the 2012-13 America East Winter/ Spring Academic Honor Roll. Scarano has helped elevate UNH athletics into the collegiate national arena. To accomplish that goal, the University has taken on the task of hosting major NCAA championships. The Wildcat athletic department has played host to highly successful NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regionals at the Verizon Wireless Arena (Manchester, N.H.) in 2004, 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2013. UNH was host of the NCAA Women’s Ice Hockey Frozen Four at the Whittemore Center in 2002 and 2005. In addition, UNH successfully hosted the 2007 NCAA Skiing Championships in Washington Valley as well as the 2005 NCAA Women’s Gymnastics Northeast Regional at the Whittemore Center Arena. The women’s hockey team also played in the first outdoor game in the history of NCAA women’s hockey in 2010 at the Sun Life Frozen Fenway game and defeated Northeastern, while the men’s squad played in the 2012 Sun Life Frozen Fenway game against Maine. Football competed in Colonial Clash games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., where it defeated Massachusetts in both 2010 and 2011 to wrap up its longtime gridiron rivalry with the Minutemen. During Scarano’s tenure, UNH teams have made 44 NCAA postseason appearances and captured 14 conference titles. Gymnastics has participated in 12 NCAA tournaments, leading all programs over that span. Men’s hockey holds a pair of Hockey East titles and has made 11 trips to the NCAA tournament, including Frozen Four appearances in 2002 and 2003. The football program has qualified for the NCAA FCS postseason for a nation leading nine consecutive seasons and advanced to the quarterfinals six times during the streak. Women’s ice hockey has seen NCAA action five times with two Frozen Four appearances. The squad also captured consecutive Hockey East Championships from 2006-09. The field hockey team captured its second ever America East crown in 2011 en route to its second national tournament appearance under Scarano’s tutelage. Volleyball made a pair of NCAA appearances after capturing back-to-back conference titles in 2002 and 2003. Women’s lacrosse has too earned a pair of NCAA berths (2004, 2008), one coming after an America East championship victory in 2004. Additionally, 24 head or assistant coaches have won 65 “Coach of the Year” awards during Scarano’s tenure, ranging from conference coach of the year to New England and Northeast Regional Coach of the Year, honors. Furthermore, head football coach Sean McDonnell garnered the Eddie Robinson National Coach of the Year by The Sports Network in 2005 after a stellar 11-2 campaign. There has been over $10 million in capital improvements since Scarano’s hiring in the summer of 2000. Recently, the athletic training room was completely renovated over the winter break of the 2012-13 academic year. With a redesigned layout, energy efficient lighting and stateof-the art equipment, the athletic training room is larger, more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient for student-athletes and staff. In 2012, a new scoreboard was installed at Cowell Stadium while the football locker room received a facelift as part of the most recent renovation phase. Changes to the locker room included a new lighting system while a 55-inch flat-screen TV and Fathead-designed murals featuring former players and UNH historical images were added to the walls. A memorial of Todd Walker was also added in honor of the former Wildcat wide receiver who suffered an untimely and heroic death in March of 2011. As part of a $650,000 renovation project in the summer of 2011, the field turf at Bremner Field was replaced with a new state-of-the-art surface used by many varsity teams and for student recreational activities. In the fall of 2008, the Paul Sweet Oval renovation was completed to include new surfaces, lighting, painting, infrastructure upgrades and the replacement of windows that existed in the original architecture. The total cost of the project exceeded $500,000. In the summer of 2007, the Cowell Stadium grass field was replaced with a $1 million Field Turf synthetic surface. Additionally in 2007, a complete renovation of Lundholm Gymnasium was undertaken. The $600,000 overhaul included a new bleacher system, new scoreboards, competition baskets and other aesthetic enhancements. In 2007, Scarano was awarded the National Association of College Directors of Athletics (NACDA) AD of the Year for the FCS. He was named the All-American Football Foundation Athletic Director of the Year for FCS football in the Northeast region. Scarano has been an active member in the leadership of UNH’s three major conferences and was the chair of the executive committees for Atlantic 10 football, Hockey East and America East from 2003-2007. He also served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee in 2005-06 and 200607 and is currently on the America East Executive Council. Most recently, Scarano was a member of the Hockey East restructuring team that successfully recruited Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut to the conference. Outside of athletics, Scarano is in his 11th year on the Board of Corporators at Canterbury Shaker Village, a non-profit museum located in Canterbury, N.H. Before arriving at UNH, Scarano held the position of Athletics Director at Colorado College from July 1996-June 2000. During his tenure, Colorado College was ranked among the top 20 Division III programs in the Sears Cup national standings and produced several All-Americans, all-academic award winners and NCAA post-graduate scholarship recipients. Prior to his stay in Colorado Springs, Scarano worked for 13 years at Colgate University, where he served as assistant director of athletics, director of physical education, associate director, and senior associate director. Scarano, a native of Pittsburgh, Pa., is a 1978 graduate of Penn State University, where he started his athletic career as assistant ticket manager and the athletics events manager from 1980-83. Scarano holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental History from Colgate. He and his wife, Cydney, have three children, Lynden, Kyle, a junior at UNH, and Corey who will be enrolling at UNH as well this fall.

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