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Men's Basketball mm
Women's Basketball Coaching Staff
Brian Giorgis
Head Coach

2014-15 will be Brian Giorgis' 13th season as head coach of the Marist women's basketball team, and is the program's all-time leader in wins. His career record stands at 304-87 with a winning percentage of .777. Giorgis has led the Red Foxes to 10 MAAC Championship Titles, 11 MAAC Regular Season Titles, and 10 NCAA Tournament appearances. 

In his first 12 seasons in Poughkeepsie, Giorgis has been named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year seven times - five times outright (2003-04, 2007-08, 2010-11, 2011-12, 2012-13), and a share of the award on two other occasions (2004-05, 2005-06).

Marist captured its 10th MAAC Championship in the 2013-14 season under Giorgis. The Red Foxes exceeded 100 points on two separate occasions this season: Dec. 18, 2013 with a 103-66 win over Northeastern and on Feb. 14, 2014 with a 100-81 win over Quinnipiac. This was the first time Marist scored 100 points since 2002, the first time Giorigis has led a team to 100 points in his career, and the first time Marist has scored 100 points against a MAAC opponent. Giorgis posted his 11th consecutive 20+ win season and eighth straight 25+ win season. Giorgis also captured his 300th career win this year with a 82-53 rout of Monmouth on Feb. 28, 2013. Marist defeated #20/19 Oklahoma on Dec. 21, 2013 76-69. This is the second time Giorgis defeated a ranked opponent in his career, the first time coming in 2010 over #21 Nebraska. Marist recorded the program's 11th ten-game winning streak in 2013-14 as well.

Under Giorigs in 2013-14, Marist had four MAAC Players of the Week and one Rookie of the Week. Emma O'Connor was named All-MAAC First Team and All-Met First Team. Madeline Blais was named All-MAAC Second Team while Leanne Ockenden was named All-MAAC Third Team and MAAC Defensive Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. Sydney Coffey was named the MAAC Tournament MVP while O'Connor and Casey Dulin earned MAAC All-Tournament Team honors as Marist defeated Quinnipiac 70-66 in the MAAC Championship, earning the program's 10th NCAA Tournament berth. The 11th seeded Red Foxes drew sixth-seeded Iowa in the first round. Marist's season came to a close with an 87-65 loss to the Hawkeyes. The Red Foxes finished the season 27-7 overall and 18-2 in the MAAC. 

In the summer of 2013, Giorgis added another accomplishment to his long list of achievements as he was named an assistant coach of the USA women's basketball team for the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Equipped with the best collegiate players in the country, Giorgis and Team USA came home with a Gold Medal after going 6-0 in the tournament. The U.S. defeated Mali (120-32), the Czech Republic (101-61) and Brazil (105-75) in pool play before defeating Sweden (103-72) in the quarterfinals and Australia (79-78) in the semifinals. The Red, White and Blue then beat host Russia 90-71 in the gold medal game.

Giorgis, a 2010 inductee into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame, has led the program to national prominence in his first ten seasons. In 2012-13, the Red Foxes endured one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the country, including playing games against four teams ranked in the top 15 in the country (#2 UConn, #7/6 Kentucky, #12 Oklahoma and #14/12 Purdue). Nine of the 11 teams Marist saw in non-conference play played in either the NCAA Tournament or WNIT the year before and seven of those teams advanced to 2013 postseason play. Giorgis was named Coach of the Year for a record seventh time in his 11-year career after guiding the Red Foxes to an undefeated 18-0 MAAC regular season for the third time in the past six years. He did so despite losing Marist's top two scorers from a year ago to graduation, and then its two tallest players to season-ending injuries during non-conference play. The Red Foxes cruised through the MAAC Tournament, completing their championship run with a convincing 72-48 win over second-seeded Iona in the MAAC Championship game. 

Marist earned a #12 seed in the Bridgeport Regional of the NCAA Tournament, drawing First Round matchup with #5 Michigan State in College Park, Md., at the University of Maryland. The Red Foxes used a 17-5 run to start the second half to overcome a nine-point deficit and take a 33-31 lead at the 13:46 mark of the second half. However, the Spartans came back and defeated Marist 55-47 to end the Red Foxes season at 26-7.

In 2011-12, the Red Foxes reached their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament and their eighth in nine years. The Red Foxes endured the sixth-toughest non-conference schedule in the country, playing four teams that eventually made the NCAA Tournament and five others who made the WNIT field. After emerging from the non-conference portion of their schedule with a 5-6 record, including the program's first ever win over an opponent from the SEC in a 69-61 victory over Auburn,  the Red Foxes went on to win 20 of their next 21, finishing with a 17-1 record in the MAAC, winning their ninth consecutive regular season championship and seventh straight, eighth overall, MAAC Tournament title. Their 10 straight wins to open MAAC play brought Marist's streak to 34 consecutive wins versus MAAC opponents, the second longest streak in MAAC history, trailing only the 35-game winning streak put together by the Marist teams from the 2006-07 season through the 2008-09 season.

The Red Foxes entered the 2012 NCAA Tournament as a 13-seed in the Raleigh Regional, travelling to Tallahassee, Fla. to take on the fourth-seeded University of Georgia. Marist used runs of 7-0 and 11-0 to take a 37-32 halftime lead. Another 8-0 run late in the second half gave the Red Foxes the lead for good as they came away with a 76-70 victory, their fifth-ever NCAA victory. Marist faced fifth-seeded St. Bonaventure in the Second Round in a rematch of a 67-56 Bonnies victory earlier in the season. In a back-and-forth affair, the Red Foxes came up just short 66-63, falling in the second round for a second straight season.

In the 2010-11 season, Marist achieved the highest national ranking in program history when they were ranked 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll on March 8. The team also won its eighth consecutive Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular season title with a perfect 18-0 mark in the MAAC, and finished three games ahead of second-place Loyola. It was only the second time since the MAAC expanded to an 18-game schedule that a team has finished with a perfect conference record, with the other time being the 2007-08 Red Foxes.

Marist entered the NCAA Tournament as 10th seed in the Philadelphia Regional and faced off against the seventh-seeded Iowa State Cyclones. The Red Foxes used a 25-4 run over a span of 6:51 in the first half to grow a lead as large as 20 points, 40-20 and held on for the upset 74-64. Marist went into their second round game against second-seeded Duke, boasting the nation's longest winning streak at 27 games. The Blue Devils had to come from behind, scoring 11 straight points with under five minutes left in the game to take the lead for good, ending Marist's season 71-66. The Red Foxes finished one win shy of tying the program record with 32 wins.  

Beyond his success on the floor, Giorgis has also led his program to participate in a number of initiatives within the basketball and local communities. Since taking over the program in 2002-03, the Red Foxes have helped to raise funds for a number of different causes. The team has volunteered with the Special Olympics and Kids' Day Out, a one-day clinic sponsored by to benefit students with disabilities. Additionally, the Red Foxes have worked with the WBCA in its efforts to promote breast cancer awareness with an annual "Pink Zone" contest. The women's basketball program also works with the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, which attempts to improve the quality of life for children with pediatric brain tumors. The Red Foxes adopted Nina Triplo in April 2010.

In 2009-10, Marist when 26-8, and won their seventh straight MAAC Regular Season Title with a 15-3 conference record. The Red Foxes defeated Fairfield 66-49 for their fifth consecutive MAAC Tournament Championship. Awarded the 12th seed in the Memphis Regional, Marist took on fifth-seeded Georgetown in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Red Foxes had their season cut short by the Hoyas however, 62-42.

The Red Foxes went 29-4 in 2008-09 with a 16-2 mark in conference. Marist was ranked as high as 20th in the Associated Press Top 25 that season as well, and was ranked for three weeks. For his efforts, Giorgis was named the Maggie Dixon Coach of the Year by the Met Basketball Writers Association.

In 2007-08, the Red Foxes set a new program record with 32 wins. Marist posted an 18-0 record in the MAAC, the first team to do so since the conference expanded to 10 teams, and won its fifth consecutive regular season title. The Red Foxes also earned their first in-season ranking in 2007-08 when the USA Today/ESPN coaches' poll ranked them 25th on Feb. 12. Marist was ranked as high as 20th in the poll by the end of the regular season. A record 21-game winning streak propelled Marist to its fourth MAAC Tournament title and a seventh-seed in the New Orleans Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Marist won its first round NCAA Tournament game for the second straight season, using a 39-7 run over the last 14:13 of the game to defeat 10th-seeded DePaul 76-57. The Red Foxes took a 22-game winning streak, the nation's longest at the time, into their second round game against LSU. While Marist did fall to the Tigers, the Red Foxes showed they can hang with the nation's elite teams for a second straight season. Giorgis earned two accolades for his work during the 2007-08 season. He was named MAAC Coach of the Year, marking the fourth time in six seasons that he earned at least a share of the award. The Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association also honored Giorgis by naming him and C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers the Maggie Dixon Co-Coaches of the Year.

Giorgis and the Red Foxes enjoyed an historic season and its third trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2007. He led the Red Foxes to their first ever win in the NCAA Tournament, a 67-63 upset of fourth-seeded Ohio State. Marist followed it up with a 73-59 win over Middle Tennessee State to advance to the Sweet 16. The win over MTSU marked the first time a MAAC program, men's or women's', reached the Sweet 16 in conference history. Marist's Cinderella run on the national stage came to a close when it met eventual national champion Tennessee in the Sweet 16. The Red Foxes won 29 games during the season, and embarked on winning streaks of seven and 13 games as they claimed at least a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season crown for the fourth straight season.

In 2005-06, Giorgis led Marist to a then program-best 23 triumphs and its second trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Red Foxes embarked on winning streaks of seven and 12 games as they claimed at least a share of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season crown for the third straight season.

In 2004-05, Giorgis guided Marist to a 22-win season, which included a then program-record 16-game winning streak. After starting the MAAC season 0-3, the Red Foxes closed it with 15 consecutive triumphs to earn the top seed in the MAAC Tournament for the first time.

The 2003-04 season was historical, as it was the first time the Red Foxes earned a berth in the NCAA tournament in what became known as a "season of firsts." Additionally, Marist earned its first share of a MAAC regular-season title and compiled its first winning record in 11 years.

Giorgis' first campaign laid the foundation for future success. Taking over a team in 2002-03 which had lost the fourth- and fifth-leading scorers in program history to graduation the prior year, Giorgis' team improved its win total from 11 to 13. The Red Foxes also earned their first win in a MAAC Tournament game in school history with a first-round triumph over Loyola.

Prior to his arrival at Marist, Giorgis enjoyed a tremendous amount of success at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. In his final season there, the girls basketball team finished with a fourth-place national ranking in the USA Today poll and earned its fourth straight New York State Federation Championship. He earned WBCA Region One Coach of the Year honors, was runner-up for WBCA National Coach of the Year honors and was selected to coach at the Phoenix/WBCA High School All-America Game.

As the head girls basketball coach at Lourdes, Giorgis posted an astounding record of 451-44 in his 19 seasons, good for a winning percentage of .911. He won nine state championships with the Warriors. In his last two years, his teams posted a combined mark of 56-2 and earned the top ranking in the Madison Square Garden Tri-State Area Poll each year. Giorgis has earned two WBCA Region One Coach of the Year honors and two coach of the year awards from the New York State Coaches Association. He led Lourdes to the league title all 19 of his seasons there and won 15 Section I crowns, with the last 11 coming consecutively.

Giorgis' achievements at Lourdes were not limited to the basketball court. He is the only coach in state history to take teams in four different sports to the state Final Four, as he also guided the baseball, softball and volleyball teams there. His softball squad captured the state crown in 1990. Additionally, Giorgis coached golf and tennis at Lourdes and served as athletic director for 10 years. He served two stints as president of the Section One Girls Basketball Coaches Association.

Giorgis earned a bachelor's degree in health education from the State University of New York at Cortland in 1977, and earned a master's in health education from Virginia Tech University in 1982.

Giorgis' Year-by-Year at Marist 

Year

MAAC

Overall

Regular Season Result

MAAC Tournament Result

NCAA Result

2013-14

18-2

27-7

Regular Season Co-Champions

Tournament Champions

11-seed, First round

2012-13 

 18-0

26-7 

Regular Season Champions 

Tournament Champions 

12-seed, First round 

2011-12

17-1

26-8

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

13-seed, Second Round

2010-11

18-0

31-3

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

10-seed, Second Round

2009-10

15-3

26-8

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

12-seed, First Round

2008-09

16-2

29-4

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

12-seed, First Round

2007-08

18-0

32-3

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

7-seed, Second Round

2006-07

17-1

29-6

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

13-seed, Sweet 16

2005-06

16-2

23-7

Regular Season Champions

Tournament Champions

14-seed, First Round

2004-05

15-3

22-7

Regular Season Champions

Runner-Up

N/A

2003-04

13-5

20-11

Regular Season Co-Champions

Tournament Champions

14-seed, First Round

2002-03

8-10

13-16

7th Place

Quarterfinals

N/A

Total

189-29

304-87

11 Regular Season Titles

10 MAAC Championships

5 NCAA Tournament Wins

 

 

Marist Accolades Under Giorgis

MAAC Player of the Year (6): 2011-12 - Corielle Yarde. 2010-11 - Erica Allenspach. 2009-10 - Rachele Fitz. 2008-09 - Rachele Fitz. 2007-08 - Rachele Fitz. 2005-06 - Fifi Camara

MAAC Rookie of the Year (2): 2007-08 - Erica Allenspach. 2006-07 - Rachele Fitz.

MAAC Sixth Player of the Year (3): 2012-13 - Kristina Danella. 2007-08 - Lynzee Johnson. 2003-04 - Kristin Keller.

MAAC Defensive Player of the Year (4): 2012-13 - Leanne Ockenden. 2006-07 - Alisa Kresge. 2005-06 - Alisa Kresge. 2004-05 - Alisa Kresge (Co-Defensive).

MAAC Coach of the Year (7): 2012-13, 2011-12, 2010-11, 2007-08, 2005-06 (Co-Coach), 2004-05 (Co-Coach), 2003-04.

All-MAAC First Team (12): 2011-12 - Corielle Yarde. 2010-11 - Erica Allenspach, Corielle Yarde. 2009-10 - Erica Allenspach, Rachele Fitz. 2008-09 - Rachele Fitz, Julianne Viani. 2007-08 - Rachele Fitz. 2005-06 - Fifi Camara, Meg Dahlman. 2004-05 - Fifi Camara, Kristin Keller.

All-MAAC Second Team (12): 2012-13 - Elizabeth Beynnon, Casey Dulin. 2011-12 - Brandy Gang. 2009-10 - Corielle Yarde. 2007-08 - Nikki flores, Julianne Viani. 2006-07 - Meg Dahlman, Rachele Fitz, Alisa Kresge. 2003-04 - Stephanie Del Preore, Maureen Magarity. 2002-03 - Maureen Magarity.

All-MAAC Third Team (6): 2012-13 - Leanne Ockenden, Emma O'Connor. 2011-12 - Leanne Ockenden. 2010-11 - Brandy Gang. 2008-09 - Erica Allenspach. 2005-06 - Alisa Kresge.

All-MAAC Rookie Team (7): 2012-13 - Sydney Coffey. 2008-09 - Brandy Gang. 2007-08 - Erica Allenspach. 2006-07 - Rachele Fitz. 2005-06 - Julianne Viani. 2004-05 - Nikki Flores. 2002-03 - Kristen Vilardi.

MAAC All-Tournament MVP (9): 2012-13 - Elizabeth Beynnon. 2011-12 - Corielle Yarde. 2010-11 - Erica Allenspach. 2009-10 - Rachele Fitz. 2008-09 - Julianne Viani. 2007-08 - Sarah Smrdel. 2006-07 - Rachele Fitz. 2005-06 - Meg Dahlman. 2003-04 - Stephanie Del Preore.

MAAC All-Tournament Team (26): 2012-13 - Elizabeth Beynnon, Casey Dulin, Leanne Ockenden.  2011-12 - Casey Dulin, Brandy Gang, Corielle Yarde. 2010-11 - Erica Allenspach, Elise Caron. 2009-10 - Erica Allenspach, Rachele Fitz, Corielle Yarde. 2008-09 - Erica Allenspach, Rachele Fitz, Julianne Viani. 2007-08 - Rachele Fitz, Nikki Flores, Sarah Smrdel. 2006-07 - Meg Dahlman, Rachele Fitz. 2005-06 - Meg Dahlman, Nikki Flores, Sarah Smrdel. 2004-05 - Fifi Camara, Nikki Flores. 2003-04 - Stephanie Del Preore, Maureen Magarity.

MAAC All-Academic Team (40): 2012-13 - Maggie Gallagher. 2011-12 - Caroline Feeley, Brandy Gang, Suzzette Garnett, Emily Stallings, Corielle Yarde. 2010-11 - Elise Caron, Caroline Feeley, Brandy Gang, Suzzette Garnett, Emily Stallings, Corielle Yarde. 2009-10 - Elise Caron, Brittany Engle, Caroline Feeley, Rachele Fitz, Katheryn Lyons, Corielle Yarde. 2008-09 - Rachele Fitz, Julianne Viani. 2007-08 - Meg Dahlman, Brittany Engle, Rachele Fitz, Nikki Flores, Sarah Smrdel, Julianne Viani. 2006-07 - Meg Dahlman, Nikki Flores, Alisa Kresge, Sarah Smrdel, Julianne Viani. 2005-06 - Fifi Camara, Meg Dahlman, Nikki flores, Alisa Kresge, Sarah Smrdel, Julianne Viani. 2004-05 - Kristin Keller, Alisa Kresge, Erin Leger. 2003-04 -

Academic All-District (6): 2011-12 - Corielle Yarde. 2009-10 - Rachele Fitz. 2008-09 - Rachele Fitz, Julianne Viani. 2007-08 - Meg Dahlman. 2004-05 - Kristin Keller.

Academic All-American (1): 2009-10 - Rachele Fitz.

Position: Head Coach
Alma Mater: SUNY Cortland, '77