Eugene Marshall, Jr. was appointed the eighth Athletics Director in Iona College history on June 1, 2011. Marshall serves as chief administrator for the athletics department and its 21 NCAA Division I programs.
Marshall comes to Iona from Ramapo College in Mahwah, NJ where he served as Acting Director of Athletics for the 2010-11 campaign. It was his second term in the position having previously served for seven years from 1998-2005. In between his stints at Ramapo, Marshall served as the Deputy Director of Athletics at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.
As deputy athletic director at Army, Marshall served as the Chief Operating Officer and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of its 25 Intercollegiate Athletic programs and direct oversight of men’s and women’s basketball, football, men’s ice hockey and lacrosse. He also oversaw the administration of virtually all areas of the athletic department including the Senior Woman’s Administrator, sports supervisors, facilities, operations and event managers, marketing and promotions, logistics, external operations, athletic communications as well as NCAA admissions and compliance issues. From 2005-2010, the USMA Athletic Association maintained a 95% graduation rate among its student athletes. Athletically, Army made 20 appearances in various NCAA Championships, including programs in 10 different sports.
Marshall joined Kevin Anderson’s staff at Army after a highly successful seven-year term as Director of Athletics at Ramapo beginning in 1998. His tenure included a successful rebuilding of its athletic program, including six-straight years of the total team’s win/loss record of at least 19 games over .500. In his final year at Ramapo, 11 out of the 17 Roadrunner athletic programs participated in postseason play, highlighted by an NCAA Regional victory in softball, All-America honors for members of the track and field team, and an appearance in the men's basketball NCAA Elite Eight and Sweet Sixteen. Under Marshall’s tenure, the student-athlete graduation rate increased from 40% to 75%. As part of the department’s strategic plan, Marshall played a key role in planning the development of the Bill Bradley Sports and Recreation Center, a $25-millon state-of-the-art facility.
Marshall also served as head women’s basketball coach for six seasons at Ramapo, turning the program around and earning an ECAC Division III Metro Tournament semifinal round appearance on three occasions. He also ran the Gene Marshall Co-Ed Basketball Camp for North New Jersey youths from 1999-2005.
Prior to his arrival at Ramapo, Marshall served as athletic director and head women's basketball coach at the College of Staten Island. While at CSI, he oversaw 10 intercollegiate athletic programs and the school's intramural and recreation activities. He also managed the college's new outdoor athletic fields and courts as well as its state-of-the-art indoor sports complex. As head coach in 1996, Marshall led the women's basketball team to the school's third CUNY Tournament championship and first-ever appearance in the NCAA Women's Tournament, while leading the nation in Division III total defense (45.5 ppg) and field goal percentage defense (.300).
Before his tenure at CSI, Marshall spent 11 years at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where he filled a number of roles, including director of athletics; director of intramurals and recreation; coordinator of special events and conference services; interim director of student activities and orientation; Pratt Benjamin Banneker Academy coordinator; special advisor to the president for multi-cultural affairs; head women's volleyball coach and head men's basketball coach.
A 1981 graduate of Northeastern University, Marshall earned a bachelor's degree in business administration. He later completed his master’s degree in sports leadership at Northeastern in 2010.
While an undergraduate at Northeastern, Marshall was a member of the Huskies' men's basketball team under current UConn Head Coach and Basketball Hall of Famer Jim Calhoun. He also served as a volunteer assistant coach at his alma mater.
A past President of the Black Coaches and Administrators (BCA), Minority Opportunities Administration Association (MOAA) and National Association for Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Marshall formerly chaired the NCAA's Minority Opportunities and Interests Committee (MOIC). The committee handles all gender and diversity-related issues for intercollegiate athletics involving Divisions I, II and III, which affect minority student-athletes, administrators and officials.
Born on July 28, 1958, Marshall resides in Hackensack, N.J. with his wife Phyllis and has three children, Jason, Jacqueline and Eugene III. His son Jason is a third-year assistant coach for the women’s basketball program at Army while his daughter Jacqueline will complete her freshman campaign with the women’s basketball program at Iona College.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT MARSHALL:
"Gene is an excellent Director of Athletics. He has worked very hard, and he has been very diligent throughout his career to properly prepare for this opportunity. He understands the breadth and depth of intercollegiate athletics, as well as the vital role athletics holds in higher education. This is a good situation for Iona, and Gene. Best wishes."
Executive Director, 1A Athletic Director's Association
"Gene is one of the hardest working individuals and among the classiest guys I have ever had the privilege of coaching. As a former player for me and running partner with me, I know that Gene will do a phenomenal job at Iona and everyone associated with the Gaels should be excited about him becoming a part of their community.".
Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Connecticut
"Iona has made a tremendous hire in Gene Marshall. I have known Gene for several years dating back to his days as the Associate Athletic Director at Army. Gene is a close friend, a good guy and an even better person. As a former basketball coach, Gene understands coaches and what it takes to be successful at the NCAA Division I level. He has high character and really cares about his coaches, staff and overall program. Gene is the perfect fit for Iona."
Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Pittsburgh
"I’ve been very impressed with Gene Marshall as a leader and a person. Being a member of the BCA (Black Coaches and Administrators) and him having been the president of the BCA, his leadership is outstanding and I know it will be the same at Iona College. Having the professional background that he has, Iona is very fortunate to get someone with such integrity, knowledge, and experience to direct its athletic department."
Head Men's Basketball Coach, University of Minnesota
"In our work with hundreds of universities, we have rarely come across an individual with Gene's fine character. You can count on him to be a man of integrity, character and confidence. Gene has a solid understanding of the complexity and nuances of intercollegiate athletics. Iona College has found a winner."
President / Chief Executive Officer, Cardinal Advisors