POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. - Marist Director of Athletics Tim Murray announced Wednesday that head women's basketball coach Brian Giorgis has signed a contract extension through the 2020-21 season.
Giorgis is currently in his 11th season as head coach of the Red Foxes. He has compiled a record of 255-77 (.768), and entered this season with the fourth-highest winning percentage among active Division I head coaches. Under his leadership, the Red Foxes have won the last nine Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) regular-season championships and reached eight NCAA Tournaments, which include berths each of the last seven seasons.
"Brian has established our program as a consistent Top-40 team in the country," Murray said. "I'm thrilled with the idea of him spending his entire collegiate coaching career here at Marist. He's a special coach, and a special person. And I am excited that he will provide the Hudson River Valley excellent women's college basketball for many years."
Giorgis has led Marist to five NCAA Tournament victories, with four coming as the lower-seeded team. The Red Foxes became the first team in MAAC history to reach the tournament's Sweet Sixteen in 2007. Marist has won a first-round NCAA game in four of the last six seasons.
Marist has nine consecutive 20-win seasons under Giorgis' leadership, and the Red Foxes enjoyed 30-win campaigns in 2007-08 (32-3) and 2010-11 (31-3). In the 2010-11 season, Marist achieved its highest ranking in school history, a 17th-place position in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll in March.
Giorgis has been named MAAC Coach of the Year six times, and has had six players honored as MAAC Player of the Year. Three times in Giorgis' tenure, a Marist women's basketball player has been named MAAC Student-Athlete of the Year - Alisa Kresge in 2007, Rachele Fitz in 2010 and Corielle Yarde in 2012.
"I can't thank Marist College enough for offering me this extension and having the faith in me to lead this program into the next decade," Giorgis said. "We may not be a BCS program, but the support by both the administration and community is comparable or better than any BCS program in the country. I am truly humbled and appreciative of what Marist College has done for me during my tenure here and I thank God every day for bringing me here to Marist to be a part of this special community. I am truly blessed."
Giorgis was hired at Marist on May 15, 2002, after he had compiled a record of 451-44 and won nine state championships in 19 years as head girls' basketball coach at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie. He is the only coach in New York scholastic sports history to bring teams in four different sports to the state Final Four, as he also led the school's baseball, softball and volleyball teams there. In 2010, Giorgis was inducted into the New York State Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Marist women's basketball team, which is 4-4 this season, will return to action on Saturday with a home game against Boston University. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale on GoRedFoxes.com, and for more information, contact the Marist Ticket Office at (845) 575-3553.