In Marist's 61-35 win over Fairfield in the 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) women's basketball championship game, the Red Foxes not only clinched their seventh consecutive conference title, but also gave Head Coach Brian Giorgis his 250th career victory.
Now in his 11th season, Giorgis has guided Marist to unprecedented successes. He entered the 2012-13 season with the fourth-highest winning percentage (251-73, .775) amongst active Division I head coaches. Under his leadership, the Red Foxes have won the last nine MAAC regular-season championships and reached eight NCAA Tournaments, which include berths each of the last seven seasons.
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.
Under Giorgis, the Red Foxes boast a 153-27 record against MAAC opponents and have won an amazing 20 straight MAAC Tournament games, dating back to the 2005 MAAC Championship game.
He became the program's all-time leader in coaching wins on Nov. 21, 2008 when he collected his 141st victory, in just his 192nd game at the helm, in Marist's 93-65 win at Northeastern. He surpassed Ken Babineau who finished with a 140-195 career record while leading the Red Foxes from 1986-1998.
In Marist's 56-45 victory over Princeton in the third game of the 2012-13 season, the women's basketball program won its 500th game since becoming a Division I program in 1981. 253 of those 500 wins were under the guidance of Giorgis.
On Dec. 5, Marist rewarded Giorgis with a contract extension through the 2020-21 season. "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."
"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."