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Jim Parady, who has guided the Marist football program through a quarter-century of growth, is in his 25th season as the program's head coach and 26th overall with the Red Foxes.
Entering the 2016 season with 124 victories, Parady is the winningest coach in program history. He has made Marist a force to be reckoned with at the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), formerly known as I-AA, level. During his tenure, Parady has coached conference championship teams and has had student-athletes excel both on and off of the playing field. The Red Foxes have made the jump from Division III to FCS status, moved into a newly-renovated stadium, won four league championships and joined the Pioneer Football League on Parady's watch. Three former Marist football players have signed contracts with NFL teams since 2013. In 2014, the Miami Dolphins’ Terrence Fede became the first former Marist football player to appear in an NFL game. In 2015, two former Marist football players shared the field for the first time when Fede and the Dolphins faced the Jacksonville Jaguars and kicker Jason Myers.
In his tenure as head coach, Parady has posted a 124-126-1 record, including 11 winning seasons. The Red Foxes won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Football League championship in 1994, 2006 and 2007, and the Pioneer Football League championship in 2013. Parady also coaches the team’s quarterbacks.
The 2015 season included explosive offensive play and a four-game winning streak following a 1-4 start. Sophomore Mike White made his first career start in the season's third game, and finished with 2,564 passing yards and 14 touchdowns. A total of six Red Foxes were either named First or Second Team All-PFL, and 10 more were named Honorable Mention All-PFL.
In 2014, Marist rebounded from an 0-5 start to win four of its last six games. The Red Foxes went 4-4 in PFL and finished tied for fourth place in the league. Senior free safety Zach Adler was named Honorable Mention All-America by the Associated Press, and three Red Foxes (Adler, Paul Sakowski and Demetrius Williams) were named First Team All-PFL. Marist also enjoyed success in the classroom, as a school-record 48 Red Foxes were named to the PFL Academic Honor Roll.
In 2013, Parady led the Red Foxes to one of their most memorable seasons in program history. Marist won a share of the PFL championship for the first time, set a varsity program record with eight victories and set single-season records for total yards and points scored. Parady was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Award as the Football Championship Subdivision’s Coach of the Year, and was named PFL Coach of the Year. The Red Foxes had their first NFL Draft choice in program history following the season, as defensive end Terrence Fede was chosen in the seventh round with the 234th overall pick by the Miami Dolphins. Fede was named PFL Defensive Player of the Year, and was a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as top defensive player in the FCS. Parady was also instrumental in the development of Chuckie Looney, who set the program’s single-season and career records for completions, attempts, passing yards and passing touchdowns.
The 2012 season was one of the most historic in program history, particularly on the offensive side of the ball. Wide receiver Michael Rios set the program’s career record for touchdown receptions, the single-season program records for receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, and the single-game record for receiving yards. He became the first player in program history to sign an NFL contract when he signed a rookie free-agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals. Marist also had its second-highest total of passing yards in program history, and second-highest total of rushing yards in the last 10 seasons. The Red Foxes also had their longest play from scrimmage in program history, and tied their longest run from scrimmage. Additionally, Marist was number one in the FCS ranks in Red Zone Defense.
In 2011, Parady won his 100th game as head coach in the season opener, a 20-7 triumph at Sacred Heart. The Red Foxes boasted talented playmakers on both sides of the ball, as a total of 11 Red Foxes earned Pioneer Football League honors, including four First Team selections. Following the season, wide receiver Kevin Fitzpatrick and cornerback Jaquan Bryant were invited to the rookie minicamps of the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders, respectively.
Parady presided over record-setting production in the Marist passing game during the 2010 season. The Red Foxes set a single-season program record with 2,950 yards through the air. Quarterback Tommy Reilly set the program's single-game and single-season records for completions, attempts and passing yards, and Chuckie Looney became the first true freshman to take snaps under center.
The 2009 season was a historical one for the Marist program. The Red Foxes played their first season as a member of the Pioneer Football League, tied a program record with seven victories, and set a program record with a six-game winning streak. Wide receiver James LaMacchia became the first player in program history to have a 1,000-yard receiving season, and also set the program record for receptions in a season with 62. Five Red Foxes were named CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine First Team Academic All-District, which was tied for the most First Team selections of any Division I school in the country.
The 2008 season saw the Red Foxes compile a 4-7 record competing as an FCS independent. Marist won three of its final five games, including a triumph at future Pioneer League foe Davidson to close out the season. Running back Obozua Ehikioya set the program record for touchdowns and the school's FCS record for career rushing yards, while quarterback Chris Debowski tied the program record for touchdown passes in a game with four in the Red Foxes' 34-7 win over Bryant. Right guard Jake Dembow was named an FCS Academic All-Star and was a national semifinalist for the Draddy Award. Both Dembow and Ehikioya were selected to play in the East Coast Bowl.
In 2007, Marist had perhaps its most historical season in program history. The team moved into its beautiful new home - Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field - and played its first game there on Oct. 6, 2007 against Duquesne. After a rough start to the season, the Red Foxes rebounded to win their last two games and earn a share of the MAAC title for the second straight year, enabling Parady to win MAAC Coach of the Year honors.
During the 2006 campaign, the Red Foxes captured a share of their second MAAC title in school history when they snared a 24-17 victory on Senior Day at the Old Leonidoff Field. Marist secured a 3-1 league mark with the win.
In 2005, the Red Foxes had one of the best seasons in recent history, tying a school record for wins with a 7-4 overall record and winning three of four MAAC contests. Seniors James Luft (quarterback) and Guy Smith (receiver) worked their way into the school's Division I-AA record books and Marist outscored its opponents by a 305-283 margin over 11 contents. Eight players earned honors on the All- MAAC first and second teams, with another seven named to the league's All-Academic team. In one of the most productive offensive seasons in team history, the 2005 squad set Division I-AA school records in passing yards (2,232), total offensive yards (3,891) and scoring (305 points).
The 2004 season was marked with a number of important honors for Parady's Red Foxes squad. Winning their first three MAAC Football League contests by a combined margin of 103-69, the Red Foxes were in contention for their second league title in history heading into the final MAAC game of the season. A hard-fought, but heartbreaking 7-3 loss to Duquesne saw the Marist squad finish second in the conference standings, the team's highest ranking in the final standings since tying for second in 2002. Against MAAC opponents La Salle and Iona, the Red Foxes posted 41 points on the scoreboard in both games. In addition to placing a total of 14 players on the All-MAAC first and second teams, Marist players were named both the Offensive and Defensive Rookies of the Year. Parady himself earned honors as the Anaconda Co-Coach of the Year, sharing the honor with Greg Gattuso of Duquesne. Parady's premium on effort in the classroom as well as on the field was also brought to life in a noticeable way, with a record 10 Marist players being named to the conference's All-Academic team.
Marist played one of its most challenging schedules in program history during the 2003 season. The Red Foxes began a series with Patriot League power, Lafayette, and took Marist football national, playing on the West Coast for the first time at the University of San Diego. The Red Foxes set numerous school records during the campaign, highlighted by John Healy setting the I-AA school record for career tackles (276). Marist also snapped 12 single-game and single-season school marks.
The 2002 campaign was one that Marist fans have come to expect of a Parady-coached team, as the Red Foxes went 7-4 overall, equaling the school record for wins in a single season. Marist posted a 5-3 record in MAAC Football League play, and finished in a tie for second place. The squad wrote itself into the record books against La Salle on November 9th, with single game records of 590 total yards of offense, 509 rushing yards and 80 rushing attempts. In the season opener, the defensive unit set a school record, holding the 2001 Mid-Major National Champions, Sacred Heart, to a school record minus-14 yards of rushing offense in the game. Ten Red Foxes were honored with All-MAAC accolades during the 2002 season, led by four on the first team. Chris Price, along with Juwan Jackson and Mike Loniewski were First Team offensive selections, with Adam Ercoli earning First Team accolades on the defensive side of the ball. Alfredo Riullano, Steve Evans and Brett Biggs were all named to the offensive Second Team, while Charles Fowler, Aubrey Bennett and Ike Ibeh were on the defensive Second Team. Ercoli went on to earn I-AA Mid-Major All-America honors from the Football Gazette, and Jackson earned the same honor from The Sports Network. The Red Foxes received national recognition during the season, as Price and Fowler earned National Player of the Week accolades during the campaign.
The 2001 edition of Marist football struggled early during the fall, but under the direction of Parady rebounded to win three of its last four games, to finish the year at 3-6 overall, and 2-4 in MAAC Football League play. There were plenty of highlights to go around during the season, including a thrilling overtime win over Georgetown, 38-35, on Homecoming Weekend, the first-ever win over the Hoyas in program history. Marist also defeated Siena, the 10th win in as many games against the in-state rival during Parady's tenure. Honors abounded for Marist during the year, with nine players being tabbed as All-MAAC performers, with five making the first team. First Team All-MAAC performer Tim Cullen, a member of the Red Foxes defense, earned I-AA Mid-Major All-America honors from the The Sports Network. Cullen, Mike Loniewski and Brett Biggs, were all Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention selections. Eight of the players also showed their success in the classroom as well as excellence on the field, earning MAAC All-Academic Team honors.
The 2000 campaign was one of milestones, both personally for Parady and for the program. Marist won its 100th game in its 23rd year of varsity competition, and Parady reached the 50-win plateau in a 34-31 win over Wagner. Marist had a then-program-record 11 athletes named to the All-MAAC teams at the end of the season, and had seven players named All-America recognition from the Football Gazette. It was the Red Foxes' seventh straight winning season.
Offense was the name of the game in the final year of the decade as Parady's squad finished the 1999 campaign at 6-5. One of the most productive offensive years in program history, the Red Foxes eclipsed the 40-point mark in four games, including scoring 49 points, second most in a single game in program history, in a win over Canisius. The offensive unit was a balanced weapon, putting up nearly 1,500 yards both rushing and in the air.
The 1998 campaign saw Marist again ranking among the best in the nation defensively. The Red Foxes ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency at 78.3, and total defense, allowing just 219.6 yards per game. Marist also ranked third in the nation in rushing defense at 73.8 yards per game, and was the sixth-best in the country in points allowed, giving up just 12.9 a game. The offense was not to be outdone that season, rewriting 15 school records, six on the legs of the school's all-time single-season touchdown leader (21), the late J.J. Allen.
Parady and his Red Foxes broke into the national spotlight in 1997 by setting national records. The Marist defense set a pair of I-AA records in the fall of 1997, breaking the opponent rushing yards per game and fewest yards allowed per rush marks, that had been held by Florida A&M. The Red Foxes allowed just 39.8 rush yards a game, eclipsing the 1978 record of 45.4 yards per game. The stingy Marist defense also allowed just 1.2 yards per rush, which snapped the Rattlers 1984 national record of 1.3 yards a carry.
The 1994 season saw a step forward for Marist football, when it joined the MAAC Football League, and then took it by storm. Marist was chosen to finish fourth that season, but Parady engineered a 7-3 campaign, and a 6-1 mark in the inaugural season as a MAAC member to capture the league crown. The seven wins tied the school record, and the six league wins were the most in the Red Foxes' MAAC tenure. Marist followed that championship season with back-to-back winning seasons, going 6-4 in 1995 and 7-3 in 1996.
After taking over the head coaching reins for the 1992 campaign, Parady led Marist into uncharted territory in 1993, as the Red Foxes jumped from Division III to I-AA. The Red Foxes went 5-5 in their first season in Division I. Parady had first joined the Marist coaching staff in 1991, as the offensive coordinator to head coach Rick Pardy.
Parady began his coaching career at Colby College in 1984, before moving on to Hamilton in 1985. He spent the 1986 and 1987 seasons coaching at Syracuse University. He served as a member of legendary coach Dick MacPherson's staff and helped lead the Orangemen to an 11-0-1 season and a berth the 1988 Sugar Bowl versus Auburn. After Syracuse, Parady coached for two seasons at Brown, before taking over as the quarterback and receivers coach at Northeastern in 1990.
A native of Nashua, N.H., Parady attended the University of Maine, earning a bachelor's degree in education in 1983. He was a four-year member of the football team as a quarterback.
Parady and his wife, Kristen, reside in Poughkeepsie with their two children, Sarah Jane and Brett Kenneth. Sarah is a senior at Marist in the 2016-17 school year.