Army head coach Dave Magarity has added a new face to his women's basketball staff with the hiring of his daughter, Maureen Magarity, as an assistant coach, the Black Knight's new mentor announced May 2.
"What Maureen brings to our program is knowledge of the game as well as knowledge of the business of recruiting," Dave Magarity said. "As a former student-athlete at both Boston College and Marist, she is close enough to the players in age that they can relate to her being somebody who has lived through the process. She has that ability to connect with players as well as an understanding of the day-to-day responsibilities and challenges of recruiting and coaching."
Magarity arrives at West Point following a one-year stint at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Conn., where she was in charge of scouting, player development and community relations. Last winter, the Stags forged an 11-18 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Tournament. Prior to her tenure at Fairfield, Magarity spent one year as an assistant at her alma mater, Marist College, where she helped the Red Foxes to a 22-7 overall record and a MAAC regular-season championship. She also organized the first women's basketball alumni game in more than 15 years and was an assistant director of the Marist girls basketball camp.
"This became a possibility when Maggie (Dixon) expressed a strong interest to bring Maureen to West Point," continued Dave Magarity. "I had given her my blessing and approval when Maggie asked me about the possibility. To have the opportunity to work with one of your children is unbelievable. Watching Maureen develop as a student-athlete and go on to enter the coaching profession is exciting."
A 2003 graduate of Marist College, Maureen Magarity earned a bachelor's degree in communications and public relations. In May of 2005, she earned her master's degree in public administration from Marist.
Before entering the coaching profession, Magarity served as team captain during her junior and senior seasons and helped the Red Foxes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. She garnered two second team All-MAAC selections, and was a 2004 MAAC All-Tournament Team choice. Magarity earned two MAAC Scholar-Athlete awards (2002, 2004) and received the James Pizzani Award as a senior, which is awarded annually to persons whose service, dedication and loyalty to the advancement of Marist athletics goes beyond all others and embodies the spirit of James Pizzani.
Before transferring to Marist, she played one season at Boston College. As a member of the Boston College women's basketball team, the Eagles reached the semifinals of the preseason WNIT, and advanced to the second-round of the NCAA Tournament in 2000.
At Army, Magarity will assist will all aspects of the program including recruiting, player development, scouting and working the Black Knights' young post players.