Maureen Magarity (Marist ’03) completed her fifth year as head coach of the University of New Hampshire women’s basketball team during the 2014-15 season. Magarity became the sixth head coach in program history in May 2010 and the youngest coach of a Division I team – men’s or women’s – in the country.
Magarity has quickly made a positive impact on the program with three winning seasons in her first five years as head coach.
UNH finished the 2014-15 season with an overall record of 17-12 and 9-7 against America East opponents. The Wildcats finished the season fourth in the league standings and reached double digit wins for the fourth consecutive year. The Wildcats garnered four America East All-Conference accolades for the second straight year, the most the program has received since the 2001-02 season. Led by First Team honoree Elizabeth Belanger, the junior guard was joined by All-Academic and All-Defensive Team mention Kaylee Kilpatrick, Third Team honoree Ariel Gaston and All-Rookie Team member Carlie Pogue.
In 2013-14, Magarity led UNH to a 19-12 record and 12-4 in America East play, its most wins in a season since the 1998-99 campaign. During the 2013-14 season, Magarity guided the Wildcats to six consecutive wins and an 8-1 start to conference play, the best nine game conference stretch in program history. The Wildcats reached the America East Championship semifinal for the second consecutive year, which UNH has not accomplished since the 1988 and 1989 conference tournaments. New Hampshire again led the America East Conference in free throw percentage for the fourth consecutive season, powered by the program’s most efficient free throw shooter, Kelsey Hogan. The Wildcats had four student-athletes receive all-conference accolades. The award winning quartet consisted of First Team selection Hogan followed by Second Team mention Corinne Coia, Third Team honoree Elizabeth Belanger and All-Academic recipient Kaylee Kilpatrick.
Despite missing 14 games due to maternity leave during the 2012-13 season, Magarity guided the Wildcats to its first America East Championship semifinal appearance since 2005. Under the direction of Magarity, Hogan made the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to defeat Stony Brook University, 49-46, in the conference quarterfinals. The Wildcats had three representatives on the all-conference team, led by Second Team selections Cari Reed and Morgan Frame. Belanger garnered All-Rookie honors, the 12th Wildcat in program history to accomplish the feat.
In just her second year at the helm in Durham, Magarity guided the Wildcats to their second postseason appearance (beyond conference postseason play) in the program’s 37-year history when UNH advanced to the 2012 Women’s Basketball Invitational. New Hampshire finished the year with a 16-14 overall record to mark the team’s first winning season since 2006 and most wins since 2002. In comparison, UNH was a combined 33-87 the four years prior to her arrival.
Other season highlights included a 19-point victory against Hartford that ended an 18-game losing streak to the defending league champion, as well as a series sweep of border rivals Vermont and Maine as well as Stony Brook. UNH led the America East conference in both free throw percentage and 3-point field goal percentage.
Under Magarity’s tutelage, Denise Beliveau was named to the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award Second Team as well as the America East First Team and All-Defensive Team while transfer Morgan Frame garnered All-Conference Second Team recognition multiple ‘Cats had not been honored since 2003.
In her first season, Magarity led the Wildcats to a trip to the quarterfinals of the 2011 America East Tournament. Under Magarity’s direction, the Wildcats doubled their conference wins from the year before and also picked up a thrilling 88-74 win over A-10 rival Rhode Island, the first triple-overtime victory in program history.
Magarity came to UNH after a four-year stint at the United States Military Academy, where she served as the associate head coach from 2009-10. In Magarity’s four years at West Point, the Black Knights compiled an overall record of 72-48, including a program-best 24-win campaign during the 2006-07 season. In her first three years on the job, Army averaged 20 wins a season, the best three-year span in program history.
Magarity started at West Point in 2006-07 as an assistant coach and was elevated to the title of associate head coach in August 2009. Tagged as the team's recruiting coordinator, Magarity assisted in all aspects of the program, including the organization of official, unofficial, home and school visits with prospects. She also assisted with the coordination of practice, budget management, scouting opponents and monitoring academics.
Her main focus, however, was player development for both the wing and post players. In her time on the bench, she coached two players to All-Patriot League honors and helped one student-athlete earn the program's first Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 2010.
In addition to her tenure at Army, Magarity's collegiate coaching experience includes stints as an assistant coach at Fairfield University (2005-06) and Marist College (2004-05).
Prior to a one-year stint at Fairfield University, Magarity served as an assistant coach at Marist and helped lead the Red Foxes to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title en route to a program-best 22-7 record.
Magarity earned a B.A. in Communications and Public Relations with a minor in Psychology from Marist College in 2003. In addition, she earned an M.P.A. in Public Administration while at Marist in 2005.
As a player, Magarity served as team captain her junior and senior seasons and led the Red Foxes to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 2004. She garnered two All-MAAC Second Team 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 for dedication and loyalty as a senior.
Before transferring to Marist, she played one season at Boston College. While at BC, the Eagles reached the semifinals of the preseason WNIT and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2000.
Magarity is a member of the WBCA and is a recent 2012 graduate of the WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence seminar.
Magarity, her husband Brendan and her one-year old daughter Charlotte, reside in Dover, N.H.
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