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The Marist Red Foxes men's basketball team is the basketball team that represents Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York, United States. The school's team currently competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Red Foxes have qualified for the NCAA Tournament twice (1986, 1987), losing in the first round in both instances. Prior to joining the MAAC in 1997, Marist was a charter member of the ECAC Metro Conference in 1981; which became the Northeast Conference in 1988.

Marist Red Foxes
2018–19 Marist Red Foxes men's basketball team
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UniversityMarist College
First season1961–62
All-time record495–630 (.440) Division I
Athletic directorTim Murray
Head coachJohn Dunne (1st season)
LocationPoughkeepsie, New York
ArenaMcCann Arena
(Capacity: 3,200)
NicknameRed Foxes
ColorsRed and White[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Appearances
1986, 1987
Conference Tournament Champions
1986, 1987
Conference Regular Season Champions
1985, 1987, 2002, 2007
For information on all Marist College sports, see Marist Red Foxes
Rik Smits visits Marist on Alumni Day


The Marist men's basketball team's first varsity season was 1961–1962 at the NCAA Division III level. For 20 years Marist would play at this level. Their most successful season during this time was the 1970–1971 season under head coach Ron Petro, in which they went 21–7. The Marist Athletic Department including the men's basketball program transitioned up to the Division I level before the 1981–1982 season. In response to the competitive landscape the program encountered in Division I for basketball recruits Marist became one of the first college programs to recruit players from overseas. This strategy worked and Marist was able to attract very talented international players to Poughkeepsie. This led to unprecedented on the court success and national recognition for the school. The most successful Marist men's basketball teams played in the mid-1980s and were composed mostly of players from Europe and Canada. They were led by future 1st round selection and NBA All-Star Rik Smits who was originally from the Netherlands, also on those teams was Rudy Bourgarel and Alain Forestier from France, Peter Krasovec from Hungary, Curtis Celestine from Canada and Serbian player Miroslav Pecarski.[2] At the time, Pecarski was considered by some to be Europe's top 17-year-old player, but he was injured in the preseason, creating an opportunity for Smits.[3]

During the 1984–1985 season Marist hosted eventual national champion Villanova, losing 57–51. That same year Marist would earn its first ECAC Metro Conference regular season championship. That team was coached by Matthew Furjanic Jr., whose staff also included Jim Todd, who would go on to become head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers.

In 1986 and 1987 Marist won the ECAC Metro Conference Tournament and advanced to play in the NCAA Tournament. In the 1986 NCAA Tournament, Marist lost 68–53 against a Georgia Tech team which would send four members of its starting lineup to the NBA. The 1987 team was Dave Magarity’s first year as head coach of the Red Foxes. The team won 20 games for the first time in its Division I history and lost to University of Pittsburgh in the NCAA first round. Magarity’s staff included Jeff Bower, formerly the general manager and head coach of the NBA’s New Orleans Hornets.

After graduating Rik Smits was drafted #2, overall, in the first round of the 1988 NBA Draft to become the first Marist player to play in the NBA; he would have a long and successful career with the Indiana Pacers.[4]

Marist lost in the first round of the 1996 NIT to Rhode Island.[5] The '95–'96 team was led by 6'11" center Alan Tomidy, a native of Le Roy, New York and first team all New York Metropolitan, NEC and Haggerty Award Finalist, who averaged 18.8 pts and 11.3 rebounds per game. Other players of note were shooting forward Kareem Hill (13.7 pts and 8.7 rbs/game) and guard Danny Basile (15 pts/game),[6] who combined for 55 points in that NIT loss.

Since joining the MAAC in 1997, Marist has not won a conference tournament title nor qualified for an NCAA berth although they won the MAAC regular season title twice (shared 2002, outright 2007[7]). Not coincidentally each of those teams possessed outstanding guard play; Sean Kennedy in 2002[8] and Jared Jordan in 2007.[9]

The 2006–2007 season featured point guard Jared Jordan, 7' center James Smith and shooting guard Will Whittington. Jordan led the nation in assists for the second straight year while Whittington, a three-point shooting specialist, contributed 17.6 pts/game.[10] Whittington finished his Marist career with 362 three-pointers, and Jordan finished his career with 813 assists, both still program records.

In March, 2007, the men's basketball team defeated Oklahoma State in the first round of the NIT 67–64.[11]

On June 28, 2007, Jared Jordan became the second Marist College basketball player to be selected in the NBA draft, as the 45th overall pick, 15th pick in the second round by the Los Angeles Clippers.[12]

Smits, a center at Marist (45), as well as guards Drafton Davis (3) and Steve Smith (12), are the only three Marist players to have their jersey retired.

Two Marist players have won the Haggerty Award, Izett Buchanan in 1994[13] and Jared Jordan in 2007.[14] The award is given annually to the Metropolitan area's top men's Division I basketball player.

Head coachesEdit

On April 10, 2013, Jeff Bower was named the tenth Head Coach in Marist's Division I history replacing Chuck Martin who was fired on March 14.[15][16]

One June 2, 2014, after leading Marist to a 12–19 record in one season, Bower resigned his position to become General Manager of the Detroit Pistons of the NBA.[17] On June 17, 2014, Mike Maker was hired as the eleventh head coach.[18] Maker was previously the head coach at Division III Williams College where over six seasons he led the Ephs to a 147–32 (.821) record and three Division III Final Fours, twice getting to the title game.[19] However, Maker was fired on March 5, 2018, after winning 28 games over four seasons.[20]

On April 3, 2018, John Dunne was hired as the 12th coach of Marist, being hired from MAAC rivals Saint Peter's.[21]


NCAA Tournament resultsEdit

The Red Foxes have appeared in two NCAA Tournaments. Their combined record is 0–2.

Year Round Opponent Result
1986 First Round Georgia Tech L 53–68
1987 First Round Pittsburgh L 68–93

NIT resultsEdit

The Red Foxes have appeared in three National Invitation Tournaments. Their combined record is 1–3.

Year Round Opponent Result
1996 First Round Rhode Island L 77–82
2007 First Round
Second Round
Oklahoma State
NC State
W 67–64
L 66–69

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Division I only

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
ECAC Metro North
Ron Petro (1981–84)
1981–82 Marist Red Foxes 12–14 6–9 5th
1982–83 Marist Red Foxes 14–15 7–7 4th
1983–84 Marist Red Foxes 14–15 8–8 5th
Ron Petro: 40–44 (.476) 21–24 (.467)
Matt Furjanic (1984–86)
1984–85 Marist Red Foxes 17–12 11–3 1st
1985–86 Marist Red Foxes 19–12 11–5 2nd NCAA Round of 64
Matt Furjanic: 36–24 (.600) 22–8 (.733)
Dave Magarity (1986–2004)
1986–87 Marist Red Foxes 20–10 15–1 1st NCAA Round of 64
1987–88 Marist Red Foxes 18–9 13–3 T–1st
Northeast Conference
1988–89 Marist Red Foxes 13–15 9–7 4th
1989–90 Marist Red Foxes 17–11 10–6 T–3rd
1990–91 Marist Red Foxes 6–22 4–12 T–7th
1991–92 Marist Red Foxes 10–20 6–10 7th
1992–93 Marist Red Foxes 14–16 10–8 T–3rd
1993–94 Marist Red Foxes 14–18 10–8 T–5th
1994–95 Marist Red Foxes 17–11 12–6 T–2nd
1995–96 Marist Red Foxes 22–7 14–4 T–2nd NIT First Round
1996–97 Marist Red Foxes 6–22 4–14 9th
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
1997–98 Marist Red Foxes 11–17 7–11 T–7th
1998–99 Marist Red Foxes 16–12 8–10 6th
1999–00 Marist Red Foxes 14–14 10–8 T–4th
2000–01 Marist Red Foxes 17–13 11–7 T–4th
2001–02 Marist Red Foxes 19–9 13–5 T–1st
2002–03 Marist Red Foxes 13–16 8–10 6th
2003–04 Marist Red Foxes 6–22 4–14 9th
Dave Magarity: 253–259 (.494) 168–144 (.538)
Matt Brady (2004–2008)
2004–05 Marist Red Foxes 11–17 8–10 T–7th
2005–06 Marist Red Foxes 19–10 12–6 3rd
2006–07 Marist Red Foxes 25–9 14–4 1st NIT 2nd Round
2007–08 Marist Red Foxes 18–14 11–7 T–5th
Matt Brady: 73–50 (.593) 45–27 (.625)
Chuck Martin (2008–2013)
2008–09 Marist Red Foxes 10–23 4–14 T–9th
2009–10 Marist Red Foxes 1–29 1–17 10th
2010–11 Marist Red Foxes 6–27 3–15 T–9th
2011–12 Marist Red Foxes 14–18 7–11 8th
2012–13 Marist Red Foxes 10–21 6–12 8th
Chuck Martin: 41–118 (.258) 21–69 (.233)
Jeff Bower (2013–14)
2013–14 Marist Red Foxes 12–19 9–11 T–6th
Jeff Bower: 12–19 (.387) 9–11 (.450)
Mike Maker (2014–2018)
2014–15 Marist Red Foxes 7–25 5–15 T–10th
2015–16 Marist Red Foxes 7–23 4–16 11th
2016–17 Marist Red Foxes 8–24 5–15 T–10th
2017–18 Marist Red Foxes 6–25 4–14 T–10th
Mike Maker: 28–97 (.224) 18–60 (.231)
John Dunne (2018–present)
2018–19 Marist Red Foxes 12–19 7–11 8th
John Dunne: 12–19 (.387) 7–11 (.389)
Total: 495–630 (.440)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


Active players in italics. *Updated through 2018–19 season


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  2. ^ WEST REGIONAL; At Marist, 7 Feet is not tall enough NY Times, Michael Jensen Jr, Published: March 13, 1987
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  16. ^ "Marist pulls plug on Chuck Martin". Poughkeepsie Journal. 2013-03-14.
  17. ^ "Jeff Bower resigns as Marist men's basketball coach". Poughkeepsie Journal. 2014-06-02.
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