Feb. 18, 2010

NCAA News Release

INDIANAPOLIS---Dr. Marilyn McNeil, vice president/director of athletics at Monmouth University, will serve as chair of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Committee during the 2010-11 academic year.  The appointment was made by the committee and confirmed by the NCAA Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet.

Dr. McNeil’s term as chair will begin September 1.  Currently serving her fourth year as a member of the committee, she will succeed Jane Meyer, senior associate director of athletics at the University of Iowa, who is serving as chair of the committee for 2009-10.

“To have had the opportunity to work alongside past chairs Judy Southard, Jacki Silar and Jane Meyer for the last four years has been a great opportunity for me personally and professionally,” Dr. McNeil said.  “I am honored to serve as the committee chair in 2010-11.  It’s an exciting time to be working with the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship.”

Dr. McNeil was named the director of athletics at Monmouth, located in West Long Beach, New Jersey on April 15, 1994.  The sixth person to hold this position at Monmouth, Dr. McNeil was recently named a vice president of the University.

Dr. McNeil is active on the national level of intercollegiate athletics.  She is a former member of the NCAA Division I Committee on Women’s Athletics and the Management Council and also served as president of the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA).  In 2001, Dr. McNeil was honored as the NACWAA Division I Administrator of the Year.

A native of Canada, Dr. McNeil arrived at Monmouth from California Polytechnic State University.  While in San Luis Obispo, she served as head women’s basketball coach, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator from 1979 to 1994.

Dr. McNeil was awarded her bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Calgary in 1968.  She continued her education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she earned a master’s degree in physical education in 1974.  She completed her formal education in 1993 after receiving a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Washington State University.

As an undergraduate student at Calgary, Dr. McNeil was a member of both the women’s basketball and volleyball teams.  She was also a member of the Canadian National Championship Curling team and competed in the first World Curling Championships.  She served as head coach of women’s basketball at Calgary from 1975-79 and was honored as the Canadian Coach of the Year in 1979. Before her time at Calgary, Dr. McNeil coached several teams at McGill University and at Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec, from 1971-75.

“Marilyn’s experience as a player, coach, administrator and committee member has allowed her to be an advocate for the game and its student-athletes for many years, and she is an excellent choice to serve as chair of the committee,” said Sue Donohoe, NCAA vice president for Division I Women’s Basketball.  “As a senior member of the committee, she has been and will continue to be involved in many critical decisions regarding the championship and key women’s basketball initiatives.”

About the NCAA and Division I Women’s Basketball

The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities.  Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports.  Visit www.ncaa.org and www.ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.

NCAA women’s basketball is characterized by strong fundamentals, high quality of play, sportsmanship, role model student-athletes and family oriented entertainment.  The latest NCAA Graduation Success Rate figures show 83 percent of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players graduate.