Maria Marchesano was named the sixth head coach in Mount St. Mary's women's basketball history on May 1, 2017.
Marchesano guided the Mount to a 15-win season during her second year with the program in 2018-19, as the Mountaineers earned the No. 6 seed in the NEC Playoffs. A victory over third-seeded St. Francis Brooklyn in the NEC Quarterfinals gave the Mountaineers their first playoff win since the 2013-14 campaign. Marchesano's squad set a new program record for most three-pointers in a season with 258, and rookie Michaela Harrison set the individual single-season mark with 84 three-pointers. The Mountaineers finished top-three in the NEC in scoring for the second consecutive season under Marchesano, finishing the year with 66.6 points per contest. Marchesano helped guide Juliette Lawless to an All-NEC Second Team Selection and Michaela Harrison to an All-Rookie Team honor.
In her first season at the helm in 2017-18, Marchesano inserted a more up-tempo offense that resulted in the Mount's highest scoring average since the 2013-14 campaign. The Mountaineers ranked second in the league in points per game and had four players average double-digit points on the season. Marchesano saw guards Juliette Lawless and Daly Sullivan both collect end-of-the-year honors, as Lawless earned the program's first-ever Northeast Conference (NEC) Most Improved Player Award, to go along with an All-NEC Third Team Selection, while Sullivan garnered All-Rookie honors after making the second most three-pointers (75) in a season in program history. Marchesano's team also had success in the class, as nine student-athletes earned NEC Academic Honor Roll recognition.
Marchesano came to the Mount following a stint as an associate head coach at IUPUI, where she helped guide the squad to the most wins in a season in program history in 2016-17, as the Jaguars finished at 24-9 overall and 12-4 in Summit League play. IUPUI made its first appearance in the conference championship game since 2008, and also earned a berth in the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT) to cap off the outstanding season. During the campaign, the Jags collected seven wins versus RPI top-100 teams and earned their highest RPI ranking in program history (53). Marchesano coached three All-Summit League honorees and one Academic All-Summit League member during her season with the Jags.
Prior to her time at IUPUI, Marchesano served for three years as the head coach at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio. Marchesano led the team to 52 wins during her three seasons, including back-to-back 20-win campaigns in 2014-15 and 2015-16. The Cavaliers made two GLIAC Tournament Final Four appearances, won three-straight Mayor's Cup titles, and defeated a pair of Division I teams (Butler & Kent State) during Marchesano's tenure at the helm.
In her final season at Walsh, she guided the Cavaliers to a 20-9 overall record and 16-6 mark in GLIAC play, as they earned home-court advantage for the first time ever in the conference tournament. During the regular season, the Cavaliers registered an upset-victory over third-ranked Ashland University, which was the highest-ranked opponent Walsh had ever defeated as a Division II program.
Marchesano got her first experience as a head coach at Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio midway through the 2011-12 season. She inherited a 2-8 team in January, before turning the season around, guiding the Knights to a 12-7 record after taking over the helm, which included an eight-game winning streak at home. The team qualified for the D-II Ohio Independent Championships, and Marchesano was named the D-II Independent Coach of the Year. The following season, Marchesano led the Knights to a G-MAC Conference Tournament Championship.
Before her time at Urbana, Marchesano served as an assistant coach for both the women's basketball and softball programs at Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana from 2010-12.
During her collegiate career, Marchesano was a four-year letter winner at Butler University in women's basketball, and also played one season on the softball team. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native was named the Butler Freshman Female Athlete of the Year, earned Horizon League All-Newcomer Team honors, and was a recipient of the Butler Team Community Service Award. Marchesano finished her career as the second-best three-point shooter in program history. Following her collegiate career, she went on to sign three professional basketball contracts and five professional softball contracts in the Italian Federation.
Marchesano graduated from Butler in 2005 with a bachelor's degree in integrated communications. She received her master's degree in athletics administration from Northcentral University in 2013.
The Marchesano File
Year Overall/Conf. Notes
2018-19 15-16/8-10 NEC Playoffs - Reached Semifinals