DURHAM — College of New Hampshire Director of Athletics Marty Scarano introduced Monday he’ll retire from his place following the 2021-22 season, his twenty second yr at UNH and his forty first in school athletics.
“I really feel actually blessed and grateful to have served UNH as its athletic director for the final 22 years,” Scarano stated in a ready assertion launched by the varsity. “Collectively, as a division and an establishment, we’ve got achieved a terrific deal. I’ve cherished the privilege of working alongside many, many proficient and devoted colleagues who care as deeply about this College as I do. Most of all, I’m so very pleased with our student-athletes and am honored to have shared in every considered one of their accomplishments over time.
“Whereas we’ve got achieved many fantastic issues, there’s nonetheless a lot extra to accomplish,” Scarano added. “I’ve all the time embraced change, and it’s the acceptable time for UNH to discover somebody who will lead this division to new heights. I’m very enthusiastic about the way forward for UNH athletics. I do know that this place will all the time be a big a part of me. I’ll eternally be a Wildcat, as will my household.”
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College President James Dean introduced a nationwide search to discover a new director of athletics will start instantly. Scarano is predicted to stay on the college by the tip of the educational yr and help in the transition course of.
“It’s with combined emotions that I announce Marty Scarano will retire as director of athletics on the finish of the present season after 22 years with the college,” Dean stated. “I’m grateful for Marty’s robust dedication to the college, the athletics program and all our student-athletes.”
In Scarano’s time, the Wildcats have captured 60 league championships, produced greater than 100 All-Individuals, boasted 61 convention coach of the yr recipients, one nationwide champion (Elle Purrier, 2018) and a nationwide championship runner-up (males’s hockey, 2003) throughout Scarano’s greater than two-decade run.
Wildcat student-athletes have excelled in teachers throughout his administration. Within the spring of 2015, UNH opened the $2 million Watkins Middle for Scholar-Athlete Excellence on the Discipline Home, funded solely by non-public donations, which gives all college students who try to stability the challenges of representing UNH as college students and as Division I athletes. In November 2020, the UNH athletic division earned an NCAA Commencement Success Price of 95%, which was No. 2 nationally amongst land-grant universities, and the college has gained the America East Educational Cup for highest cumulative GPA 4 occasions in the final seven years (2015, 2016, 2017, 2019).
Scarano’s legacy contains the greater than $60 million in capital enhancements. Highlights embrace the development and 2016 opening of Wildcat Stadium, a $27-million multi-purpose facility that changed decrepit Cowell Stadium.
Part 1 of the Tucker Discipline challenge, accomplished in the summer season of 2019, featured a $3.7 million funding in a state-of-the-art artificial area that serves as the present follow area and future house stadium for Wildcat males’s and girls’s soccer applications and the ladies’s lacrosse program in addition to actively internet hosting Oyster River Youth Affiliation occasions.
Scarano helped elevate UNH athletics onto the collegiate nationwide stage by internet hosting many main NCAA championships, together with a number of males’s hockey regional championships, girls’s hockey Frozen Fours, NCAA ski championships and girls’s gymnastics regional championships.
In 2007, Scarano was awarded the Nationwide Affiliation of School Administrators of Athletics (NACDA) AD of the 12 months for the FCS. Moreover, he was named the All-American Soccer Basis Athletic Director of the 12 months for FCS soccer in the Northeast area.
On the convention degree, Scarano has served as a member of the NCAA D-I Soccer Championship Committee, Chairperson of Athletic Administrators Council for America East, chair of CAA Soccer, chair of the NCAA Division I Males’s Ice Hockey Committee and is presently a member of the America East Govt Committee.
Earlier than arriving at UNH, Scarano held the place of athletics director at Colorado School (1996-2000) and spent 13 years at Colgate College (1983-96), as assistant director of athletics, director of bodily training, affiliate director, and senior affiliate director. The 1978 graduate of Penn State College began his athletic profession as assistant ticket supervisor and the athletics occasions supervisor for his alma mater from 1980-83; he subsequently earned a grasp’s diploma in environmental historical past from Colgate.