Marist Magazine: Fall 2014 - page 24

The 2014 season will be Marist’s 50th as a football program.
Marist’s teamwas known as the Vikings in its days as a club program, which lasted from
1965 to 1977. The program moved to Division III in 1978, and then jumped to Division
I-AA (now known as the Football Championship Subdivision) in 1993.
Last season, the Red Foxes won a share of the Pioneer Football League champion-
ship for the first time, achieving their highest win total (eight) in 36 years as a varsity
program. This season, the Red Foxes will play seven home games for the first time in
program history.
Although Marist is one of only two teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
with a football program (it competes in the Pioneer Football League), the College remains
committed to continuing its proud football tradition. Thanks to a number of generous
donors, construction of a new stadiumwas completed in 2007. Shortly after the opening
of Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field, Marist received a $1 million challenge grant from
the estate of Raymond A. Rich. One of the 20th century’s leading businessmen and
industrialists, Raymond Rich was a good friend to Marist. As part of this challenge, the
Rich estate will match each dollar raised exclusively for use by Marist football up to $1
million, ultimately establishing a $2 million endowed fund. Fulfillment of the challenge
will mean $100,000 each year to support financial aid for football players at the College.
To date, $585,000 has been raised toward the challenge. With $415,000 left to go,
the goal is nowwithin reach. The College is grateful to all those who have already sup-
ported the challenge and invites former players and all those who appreciate Marist
football to consider participating in this special opportunity.
Formore information on how to support the Football Challenge, please contact
Anthony Mercogliano ’92, development officer for leadership gifts, at (845)
575-3078 or
“I’m so proud of our student-athletes for
devoting so much time to others given all
their responsibilities and time constraints,”
said Alyssa Gates, Marist’s director of
student-athlete enhancement. “I’m also so
excited Grace Smith House will be receiv-
ing the donation. Their work in violence
prevention is inspiring, and we are so lucky
to have worked with such an outstanding
organization.”
Marist Wins 12th Overall
Commissioner’s Cup
A
fter capturing four Metro Atlantic
Athletic Conference (MAAC) cham-
pionships during the 2013-14 academic
year, Marist earned the league’s highest
honor, winning the Academy Bus MAAC
Commissioner’s Cup in two categories:
overall and women’s. The Red Foxes
extended their conference record of overall
Commissioner’s Cups to 12 and earned their
10th women’s cup. Marist has captured more
Commissioner’s Cups than any other school
in the conference.
“I am very proud of the great work of our
student-athletes, coaches, and administra-
tive staff for another exceptional year,” said
Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray.
“Our athletic program continues to set a
very high standard of excellence both on the
athletic fields and in the classroom.”
Six Marist head coaches were named the
Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year,
including Natalie Benson (water polo), Tom
Hanna (volleyball), Matt Lavin (men’s crew),
Jessica O’Brien (women’s lacrosse), Tim
Smith (men’s tennis), and Larry VanWagner
(swimming and diving).
50 Years of Football—
and a $1 Million
Football
Challenge
Marist Leads MAAC in Academic
Honor Roll Selections
F
or the 13th straight year, Marist led
the MAAC in student-athletes named to
the conference’s Academic Honor Roll. For
the 2013-14 school year, 235 student-athletes
were honored.
Marist’s representation in the MAAC
Academic Honor Roll is comprised of 22
of the College’s 23 varsity sports; the Marist
football team is a member of the Pioneer
Football League. To be eligible for the MAAC
Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must
hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.2
or higher on a 4.0 scale.
Women’s swimming and diving was one of four teams to win a MAAC championship this
past season. It was the 100th MAAC championship in school history.
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