SUNY Sullivan Director of Athletics Chris DePew announced on Wednesday, June 5th the hiring of Derek Marchione as the head women’s basketball coach. Marchione replaces Dan Lang, who left to accept an assistant women’s coaching position at Xavier University.
“We had a very deep, diverse, and talented pool of candidates to sort through and I am so grateful to the committee for their hard work, and their process which produced the ideal candidate in Derek Marchione,” said DePew. “When Derek visited campus he impressed us immensely with his proven success as a head coach, his ability to recruit talented women throughout his career, and his interest in enhancing the program at Sullivan.”
“I would like to thank Chris DePew and the committee for trusting me to be the next basketball coach at SUNY Sullivan,” said Marchione. “Dan Lang did an incredible job building this program over the last seven years. I believe SUNY Sullivan is a program that can win a National Championship and look forward to working towards that goal.”
A native of Waterford, NY, Marchione comes to SUNY Sullivan after serving as the head girl’s coach at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, CT. Marchione started the girl’s program there in April of 2017 and in his first season led the program to a 21-9 record while also developing and graduating players that went onto garner scholarships at Post University and Towson University. In his second year in 2018-2019 the program went 23 and 7 and made it all the way to the semi-finals of the Independent School National Tournament where they finished third overall. This year his players will go onto scholarship institutions such as Providence College, East Carolina University, Canisius College, University of New Hampshire, University at Albany, and Marist College.
Marchione earned his degree in Health Sciences from Keene State College and after graduation spent two years as an assistant at Georgian Court University in Lakewood, New Jersey. He worked under Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Jasmina Perazic and was responsible for all recruiting efforts along with assisting in all other aspects of the program.
Marchione state, “I am excited about the group of incoming and returning players to Sullivan that I will be able to coach. I am excited to get started building on the success Coach Lang has brought to the program.”Juco