June 18, 2001
The Marist College Athletic Department captured its third consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Commissioner's Cup, awarded annually as a symbol of overall excellence in athletics in the 25 championship athletic events conducted within the MAAC, it was announced today by the league.
"At Marist, we have once again proven that athletic excellence and academic excellence can go hand-in-hand," said Marist College President, Dr. Dennis Murray. "Success at this level starts at the top and a great deal of credit is owed to our athletics director, Tim Murray, and his staff. Tim has done an excellent job in not only assuring that our teams win, but that our student-athletes represent the very best values of Marist College."
Marist College becomes the first school to win the Commissioner's Cup three straight years and the first school to sweep the overall, men's, and women's categories since Fairfield captured all three awards during the 1994-95 academic year. Points are awarded to each school based on conference and championship finish.
The Red Foxes earned 139.75 points, 23.25 points more than runner-up Manhattan College. On the men's side, Marist captured the crown with 77.50 points, 8.50 points ahead of second-place Iona College. Marist finished first in the women's cup race by compiling 62.25 points, 3.25 points more than Fairfield and Manhattan, who tied for second place.
During the 2000-01 academic year, the Red Foxes captured seven MAAC titles (women's cross country, men's soccer, men's swimming & diving, men's/women's crew, men's tennis, and baseball) and reached conference tournament play in three other olympic sports (women's soccer, women's lacrosse, and softball).
Marist elevated its athletics program to the Division I level in 1981 and joined the MAAC conference during the 1997-98 school year. Prior to 1996, the Red Foxes won just six conference championships, including men's basketball title runs in 1986 and 1987 and Metropolitan Conference Swimming and Diving Championships for the men in 1990 & 1995 and the women in 1994 & 1995. Since 1996, the Marist athletic program has amassed an impressive 23 conference crowns.
"The Marist College athletic program, its student-athletes and coaches, should be proud of the success they have achieved not only over the last year, but the past three years," said Marist College Director of Athletics, Tim Murray. "The award is shared by the college community, not only as an athletic success, but as a Marist success. Our athletic accomplishments not only occur on the field, but are mirrored in our achievements in the classroom as well, truly defining what it means to be a student-athlete."
Marist student-athletes achieved just as much success in the classroom, as they did on the playing field. Nine student-athletes, representing seven varsity programs from Marist College, achieved a perfect Fall 2000 grade point average of 4.0, while over 51 percent of Marist's student-athletes attained a semester GPA of 3.0 or above. The Marist College student-athlete body, comprised of 523 members, combined for a fall semester grade point average of 3.03, the highest in the athletic department's history.
The Marist athletic program claimed the 1999-00 Commissioner's Cup with an overall score of 134.50, with the men finishing second in the standings with 73.50 points and third in the women's standings with 61.00. The 1998-99 Commissioner's Cup was awarded to the Red Fox athletic program with 131.00 total points. The men's side finished first in the standings with 67.00 points, with the women's side placing second with 64.00 points.