Marist Welcomes Back Smits, Magarity, Petro, Wade For Menís Basketball Alumni Weekend
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – The Marist Athletics Department will welcome back its men’s basketball alumni for a weekend of events from Friday, Jan. 31 – Saturday, Feb. 1. Among those confirmed to return to the Hudson River Valley are NBA All-Star Rik Smits and former head coaches Dave Magarity (1986-2004), Ron Petro (1977-84) and Tom Wade (1962-64). The weekend will culminate in a halftime ceremony honoring all men’s basketball alumni when the Red Foxes host Niagara at 7 p.m. at McCann Arena. The game will air on ESPN3 as part of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) television package.
The Marist Athletics Department will host an alumni game on Saturday, Feb. 1, at 2 p.m. The game will be held at McCann Arena and it is FREE and open to the public.
Smits was the first Marist basketball player selected in the NBA Draft, as he was the second overall pick by the Indiana Pacers in 1988 following four outstanding seasons with the Red Foxes. He enjoyed a 12-year NBA career, all coming with Indiana. Smits appeared in the NBA All-Star Game in 1998 at Madison Square Garden, and made the NBA Finals in his final season, 2000. He totaled 12,871 points, 5,277 rebounds and 1,111 blocked shots in his NBA career, and retired as the Pacers' all-time leader in blocked shots. Smits is one of three Marist men's basketball players to have his jersey retired in program history, joining Drafton Davis and Steve Smith.
Over his 18 years at Marist College, Magarity led the Red Foxes to the 1987 NCAA Tournament, the 1996 National Invitational Tournament and the 2002 MAAC Regular Season Title. The 1995-96 squad posted a 22-7 record, setting a program record with a winning percentage of .759. He earned Coach of the Year accolades eight times during his stint at Marist, including National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District II honors in 1996, 2001 and 2002, MAAC Coach of the Year honors in 2001. Over his 18-year coaching career at Marist, Magarity had 24 players go on to professional careers. Most recently, he became the all-time wins leader with the Army women’s basketball program, where he has been the head coach since 2006. Magarity is also the all-time leader in wins for the Marist men’s basketball program.
Petro spent 18 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach at Marist and guided the school in the transition from Division III to its present Division I status. Over his 18 seasons as the head men’s basketball coach he led the team to 225 victories and an NAIA district crown. Petro also served as athletics director at Marist for seven years.
Wade served Marist in a number of capacities during his professional career, and spent two seasons as the head men’s basketball coach from 1962-64.
Men’s basketball alumni who would like to return to the Hudson River Valley for the weekend can register online at https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?llr=ybtzgfeab&oeidk=a07e8rdxofnc0f2399b.
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