Giorgis Tops 900 Wins

Marist College women’s basketball coach and former Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball coach Brian Giorgis now has won 450-plus high school and college games after the Red Foxes defeated St. Peter’s, 51-41, in Poughkeepsie on Thursday night.

Giorgis, who previously served as a teacher, athletic director and coach at Lourdes in Poughkeepsie, is 450-180 in his 20 seasons as Marist coach and is the first Marist men’s or women’s basketball coach to reach 450 wins.

Giorgis has led the program to 11 NCAA tournaments, won MAAC Coach of the Year honors eight times and five NCAA tournament games, and guided the 2006-2007 Red Foxes to the Sweet 16.

At Lourdes, Giorgis had a 451-44 record, .911 winning percentage, 19 league titles and nine state championships in 19 seasons with the girls basketball program. He also is the only coach in New York State high school history to coach four programs–volleyball, softball, girls basketball and baseball–to the state final four. The softball team won a state title in 1990 and he also coached tennis and golf.

Historic Meetings for Magaritys

Father vs. Daughter.

This will be the case on Saturday in West Point and Sunday in Worcester, Mass., when Army and Holy Cross meet in Patriot League women’s basketball action being televised by ESPN+ at 3 p.m. both days.

Army is coached by Dave Magarity. Holy Cross is coached by Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Maureen Magarity. The Associated Press is reporting it believes this will be the first time a father and daughter will be coaching their respective teams against one another in an NCAA Division I basketball contest.

Magarity grew up watching her dad coach Rik Smits and the Marist College men’s basketball team to the NCAA Division I tournament in 1987. She played four seasons at Our Lady of Lourdes for current Marist women’s coach Brian Giorgis.

Maureen played at Boston College before transferring to Marist and helped the Marist women’s program to its first NCAA Division I tournament in 2004.

Maureen coached as an assistant at Marist and Fairfield before joining her father at West Point in 2006, serving three seasons as an assistant coach and one as associate coach.

Maureen was named head coach at the University of New Hampshire in 2010, coaching there for 10 seasons and leading the 2016-2017 team to 26 victories and an America East regular-season title. She won the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year and America East Coach of the Year honors. She was a finalist for the WBCA National Coach of the Year.

New Hampshire won 19 games the following season.

Maureen was named Holy Cross coach in 2020. The Crusaders are 0-2, dropping two games to Boston University.

Army is 4-3 overall, and split its two Patriot League games with Colgate.

Giorgis Wins Kay Yow Award

Marist College women’s basketball coach Brian Giorgis was presented the Kay Yow Award as the nation’s top Division I coach.

Giorgis received the award from collegeinsider.com after guiding the Red Foxes to a 26-4 record and a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title. The 26 wins marked the ninth time Marist won 25 or more games in Giorgis’ 18 seasons as head coach. Giorgis has a career record of 425-160 at Marist.

Prior to his arrival at Marist, Giorgis coached the Our Lady of Lourdes High School girls basketball program to nine state championships and a 451-44 record in 19 seasons. He’s the only high school coach in state history to coach four different programs — basketball, baseball, softball and volleyball — to the state final four.

Yow won 737 games in 34 seasons as North Carolina State head coach and coached Team USA to a gold medal at the 1988 Olympics. She first was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died of the disease in 2009.

OLL Grad on MSG 150

Our Lady of Lourdes High School graduate Julianne Viani is a member of the MSG 150 crew.

MSG 150, which debut on Monday and will continue throughout the summer, is a 150-minute sports and entertainment show airing at 8 p.m. on Monday through Thursday on the MSG Network.

Viani is joined on the MSG 150 crew of analysts by former Southern Illinois basketball player Camron Smith, former Tampa Bay Ray Fernando Perez, former Knick and Syracuse star John Wallace and former Georgetown basketball player Monica McNutt. Bill Pidto and Alan Hahn are the hosts.

Viani, who played professionally in Europe, was a basketball analyst for New York Liberty on MSG. She’s also a college basketball analyst for ESPN, CBS Sports Network, Pac-12 Network and Big Ten Network.

Viani played on three state championship teams in her four seasons at Lourdes, helping the Warriors finish her sophomore season ranked fourth in the USA Today national poll.

In 2007, she helped Marist College become the first Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference basketball program to reach the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

 

CYO Night at Marist

Marist College is hosting a CYO Night when the men’s basketball team hosts rival Siena in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference game on Friday night.

ESPNU is televising the game at 7 p.m.

A CYO player wearing his or her jersey will be admitted free with a paying adult.

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Marist Grad Wins NFL Honor

Marist College graduate Jason Myers was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking seven field goals and converting three extra points for the New York Jets in a 42-34 win over the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

Myers, 27, was 7 for 7 on his field goals with the seven conversions being a Jets franchise record. For the season, he’s 16 for 17 with his longest field goal being a 55 yards. He’s 15 for 16 in his extra-point attempts.

The Jets host the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday.

 

 

Marist, Fordham in WNIT

The Marist College and Fordham University women’s basketball teams will be competing in the WNIT this week.

Marist (20-13 overall) is playing at St. John’s on Thursday night. The Red Foxes last played in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference final, losing to Quinnipiac, 67-58. The Marist-St. John’s winner will play the Penn-Albany winner in the second round.

Fordham (22-9) is hosting Harvard on Friday night. The Rams suffered a 52-49 loss to St. Joseph’s in the Atlantic-10 quarterfinals on March 2. The Fordham-Harvard winner will oppose the Drexel-Robert Morris winner in the second round.

D’Urso Signs with Marist

Our Lady of Lourdes High School senior Anthony D’Urso signed a National Letter of Intent to play football at Marist College.

“I really want to thank the entire OLL coaching staff, faculty and my teammates as I would not be moving onto this next level without their help and support over these four years, and during the college recruiting process,” said D’Urso in a press release.

“I am excited to move onto Marist. Overall, it is a great school for me academically and athletically.”

The Stormville resident, a four-year varsity player and team captain his senior season, earned All-Section 1 honors and was named the Most Valuable Lineman in the league. As a sophomore, he helped the Warriors reach the New York State championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse.

 

Myers Signs with Seahawks

Marist College graduate and kicker Jason Myers signed a reserve/future contract with the Seattle Seahawks for 2018.

Myers, 26, played three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars, making 64 of 79 career field-goal attempts with a career long of 58 yards before being released during the 2017 season. Prior to his time with the Jaguars, Myers was a member of the Arizona Rattlers and San Jose SaberCats in the Arena Football League.