|Title:||Director of Athletics|
|College:||Penn State '78|
The 2013-14 academic year marks the 14th year Marty Scarano is
serving as the Director of Athletics at the University of New
Hampshire. During his tenure, Scarano has heightened national
exposure for UNH athletics with academics, facility renovations and
programmatic advancement being top priorities.
The Graduation Success Rate (GSR) of UNH athletes during the 2012-13 academic year was 87 percent among 20 varsity sports. Additionally, the NCAA honored five Wildcat teams that scored a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) of 1,000. The UNH teams include: men’s skiing, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and gymnastics. Men’ soccer and women’s lacrosse were ranked at the top in America East with scores of 985 and 991, respectively. The football team and men’s ice hockey team were runners-up in their respective conferences, registering scores of 991 and 978. Women’s swimming & diving posted the second-highest score among all New Hampshire sports with a 994 mark.
In the America East Academic Cup, UNH finished second for the third time in the last four years by achieving a 3.18 cumulative grade point average. It is UNH’s 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 of student-athletes named to the 2012-13 America East Winter/Spring Academic Honor Roll. New Hampshire had 155 honorees, which represented 72 percent of the student-athletes who competed in those seasons, an improvement of 10 percent from the previous year.
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 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 also competed in Colonial Clash games at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., in 2010 and 2011; the Wildcats were victorious on both occasions against UMass.
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. Volleyball has made a pair of NCAA appearances after capturing back-to-back conference titles in 2002 and 2003. Women’s lacrosse has 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. In the spring of 2013, the artificial turf surface was replaced at Memorial Field, home of the Wildcat field hockey and women’s lacrosse teams. The project had an estimated cost of $850,000. The athletic training room in the UNH Field House was completely renovated over the winter break of the 2012-13 academic year. With a redesigned layout, energy-efficient lighting and state-of-the art equipment, the athletic training room is larger, more comfortable, enjoyable and efficient for student-athletes and staff. In the summer of 2013, a new scoreboard at Bremner Field, home of the UNH men’s and women’s soccer programs, was installed in the fall of 2013 at a cost of $20,000.
In 2012, a new scoreboard was installed at Cowell Stadium, and the football locker room received a facelift; changes 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. In the summer of 2007, the Cowell Stadium grass field was replaced with a $1 million FieldTurf synthetic surface.
As part of a $650,000 renovation project in the summer of 2011, the field turf at Bremner Field was replaced with a new 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. 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. Additionally, Scarano was also named the All-American Football Foundation Athletic Director of the Year for FCS football in the Northeast region. Scarano has also 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 to 2007. He also served as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee in 2005-06 and 2006-07 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 the University of New Hampshire, Scarano held the position of Athletics Director at Colorado College from July 1996 through 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: daughter, Lynden; son, Kyle, a junior at UNH; and son, Corey, a freshman at UNH.