JUCO head coach headed to UNH as an assistant

Head Coach Derek Marchione of the SUNY Sullivan Generals Women’s Basketball Team has accepted a new position at NCAA Division I University of New Hampshire.  Coach Marchione was hired by UNH Wildcat’s Head Coach, Kelsey Hogan, to fill the role of Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator for the Wildcats Women’s Basketball Program.  Coach Marchione will be coaching in the NCAA Division I America East Conference, which is comprised of nine state universities from seven different states: Connecticut (UHartford), Maryland (UMBC), Massachusets (UMass-Lowell), Maine (UMaine), New Hampshire (UNH), New York (UAlbany, Stony Brook, & Binghamton), and Vermont (UVM).

With Coach Marchione at the helm the Lady Generals had a unforgettable year during the 2019-20 season.  The Lady Generals were the Mid-Hudson Conference Champions, Region XV Champions, District East A Champions, and a NJCAA DII National Qualifying Team (earning a #8 seed).  The Lady Generals were in their second year at the NJCAA Division II level and they made an impact!  The Lady Generals went 29-2 over the course of the season and finished on a 24 game win streak before the National Tournament was canceled due to COVID-19. 

The Lady Generals went 13-2 at home, 12-0 on the road, 4-0 at neutral sites, 3-0 against NJCAA Division I teams, 21-0 against New York state opponents, and 17-0 against Region XV opponents (across all divisions).  Their impressive record earned them national attention and they ended the year as the #15 Nationally Ranked team at the NJCAA DII level and had two players recognized nationally as a 2nd Team All-American (Infinity Hammonds) and a 2nd Team Academic All-American (Lindsey Rau).  The Lady Generals were ranked nationally in numerous statistical categories including: Field Goals Made (1st with 1154); Field Goals Made per Game (1st with 37.2); Points (2nd with 2987); PPG (2nd with 96.4); Steals per Game (2nd with 20.3); Assists per Game (3rd with 20.9); Field Goal Percentage (4th with 46.4%); Offensive Rebounds per Game (4th with 19.3); 3 Pointers Made (5th with 304); 3 Pointers Made per Game (5th with 9.8); Points Allowed per Game (7th with 54.5); 3 Point Percentage (7th with 23.8%); and 3 Point Percentage (8th with 35.1%).

I had the opportunity to catch up quickly with Coach Marchione before he left for New Hampshire and speak with him about this great opportunity and his experience at Sullivan.  Coach Marchione had this to say: “I wish I would have had the opportunity to finish what we started last year before COVID hit and ended our season. We have a special group that returned this year and I’m sad to be leaving but I’m excited to be presented this great chance at the Division I level with UNH.”  When speaking about his new position at UNH, Coach Marchione said: “I get to be an assistant coach at the DI level for the first time and work for a coach that I have formed a great relationship with over the previous years… I get to coach a former player in Helena Delaruelle, who I coached while at Putnam Science Academy.”  On the move to an assistant role, Coach Marchione felt: “Being a Head Coach the last three years has helped me gain a lot of experience and a different perspective that I’ll be able to use in my new role.” Coach Marchione couldn’t state enough how thankful he was to Sullivan and all the players, coaches, and staff he got to know over the previous year and he wishes everyone the best.

The Generals have begun searching for a new Head Coach and will be filling that role in the near future.


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