Skarzenski to head men's and women's cross country, women's basketball
NEW LONDON, Conn. -- Mitchell has named MaryLynn Skarzenski as head coach of the women’s basketball program and the men’s and women’s cross country programs, as announced by director of athletics Maureen White on Monday.
A former four-year basketball standout at Nichols, Skarzenski joins the Mariners after serving the past two years as head women’s basketball coach at Daniel Webster. She inherits a Mitchell basketball program that has qualified for the New England Collegiate Conference Championship each of the past five seasons.
“I believe that MaryLynn is one of the top young coaches in New England,” White said. “She’s experienced success at this level as both a player and coach, and I expect that success will follow her to Mitchell. We are delighted to add her to our coaching staff as a leader and mentor for three of our programs.”
"I am ecstatic to be given the opportunity to lead the Mitchell women's basketball and both cross country programs,” Skarzenski said. “I am extremely thankful to Maureen White, Dr. Mary Ellen Jukoski, Dr. Jason Ebbeling, and the hiring committee for this wonderful opportunity. I look forward to working with the talented student-athletes currently in these programs and building toward future success."
Skarzenski is no stranger to NECC basketball, having led Daniel Webster to a 33-22 record (26-10 NECC) and consecutive conference championship appearances over the past two years. In her first season in 2011-12, she coached the Eagles to a 19-9 overall record (13-5 NECC) and came within one win of the league title. The 19 wins marked the second most in a season all-time for the program.
Prior to her time at Daniel Webster, Skarzenski spent two seasons as the top assistant at the New England. She was a part of the Nor’easter program that produced a school record for wins in back-to-back seasons, posting a 23-6 record in 2009-10 and a 24-7 mark in 2010-11. UNE advanced to the CCC championship game in each season, winning the title and earning a NCAA bid in 2010.
As a player at Nichols, Skarzenski started every game of her collegiate playing career and was a four-time CCC All-Conference First Team selection. She was named CCC Player of the Year as a senior and CCC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and in between she was a two-time CCC Defensive Player of the Year pick. She finished her career ranked fourth all-time in scoring at Nichols with 1,333 points, and she remains the program’s all-time leader in assists (641), steals (409) and games started and played (115).
During her career, Skarzenski led the Bison to a record of 83-32 (.721) that included four ECAC Championship appearances and a school record 25-win season in 2008-09. The 83 wins were the most in any four-year span in the 35-year history of Nichols women’s basketball.
Skarzenski was recently honored for her playing days when she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013.
Skarzenski graduated from Nichols in 2009 with a degree in mathematics. In addition to being named the CCC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, she was a member of two national honor societies, a regular on the dean’s list and served terms as both vice president and president of the Nichols Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Skarzenski takes over a Mitchell women’s basketball program that has enjoyed measured success in the NECC. In the five-year history of the conference the Mariners have posted a combined record of 51-32 in regular season league play while qualifying for the postseason tournament each year, advancing as far as the semifinals in both 2009-10 and 2010-11.