Perhaps he took a second look at the state of the program and decided it was time to make a change. Maybe he came to the realization that a winning program under Maker was not possible under the current circumstances. The reasoning behind it will likely never be known or truthful.
The Marist College Athletic Department has announced that they have fired head basketball coach Mike Maker after four seasons with the program. The decision comes just under a week after Athletic Director Tim Murray told Center Field that Maker would be staying on for another season.
It’s 6:35 p.m. Jordan Gooding wheels herself out of the student center dance studio and on to the outside patio. Wet from the night before, her right wheel skids off the concrete as she tries to park herself, knocking her wheelchair off balance and shaking her lighter and pack of marlboro reds cigarettes onto the grass.
Boisterous tailgates. Roaring crowds. Student pride is the hallmark of sporting events on college campuses across the country. When game day rolls around, the atmosphere of most college campuses both small and large is transformed. At Marist College, game day is just another day.
Tim Murray called Ausanio in a panic searching for a new head coach, after a late August resignation left the team without a skipper. Murray asked Ausanio to bail the team out during the 2009 season. Ten years later, Murray’s panicked hire has worked out pretty well.
Despite interest from bigger-conference teams, star freshman midfielder Allen Gavilanes wants to win a MAAC Championship with Marist.
He had checked almost every achievable box–except of course a MAAC Championship ring. After two years of impressive personal success, Harr decided it was time to challenge himself at a new level. He accepted an offer from the University of Virginia, fulfilling his dream of competing in the ACC. Now, he’s back.
Marist Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Maker will stay on as head coach for next year according to Athletic Director Tim Murray.
Not many people outside of the Northeast have heard of Marist College, and even fewer could tell you anything about its men’s tennis team, including its own student body. And yet, this little-known program has been able to piece together one of the most impressive in-conference records in the NCAA, losing only nine total dual conference matches over the past 20 years.