Jan. 17, 2014
WEST POINT, N.Y. -
By virtue of his team's 70-57 win over Holy Cross on Wednesday, Army women's basketball head coach Dave Magarity became the program's all-time wins leader with 133 victories at West Point. The eighth-year head coach has led the Black Knights to one of two national postseason tournaments in the Academy's Division I history, and is tied for the most victories in a single season after collecting 24 in 2006-07.
Magarity moved past Lynn Chiavaro for the school record, surpassing the coach who collected 132 wins between 1987 and 1998. Last season, Magarity coached the Black Knights to the Patriot League regular-season title after finishing 22-7 and becoming the first Army coach to post multiple 20-win campaigns (2006-07, 2012-13). The 2012-13 Army squad earned a berth in the WNIT, marking its first appearance in a national postseason tournament since earning a bid to the NCAA Tournament while Magarity was an associate head coach under Maggie Dixon in 2005-06.
The Philadelphia, Pa., native has amassed 446 victories in 30-plus years at the Division I level, after leading the Marist men's team to 253 wins from 1986-2004 and guiding the St. Francis (Pa.) men to 60 victories from 1978-1983. Magarity, who also owns the wins record at Marist, becomes one of only a handful of college basketball coaches to stand atop the victories list at two schools.
Army produced three of the top four scorers in program history during Magarity's tenure, including Cara Enright (USMA '08), Alex McGuire (USMA '09) and Erin Anthony (USMA '11). Magarity has overseen eight Patriot League First Team honorees at West Point, with the most recent being sophomore Kelsey Minato, who became the first freshman in conference history to collect both Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors last season.
Magarity attributes much of his success at West Point to his players and coaching staff, including his daughter, Maureen, who served as his assistant and then associate head coach during four seasons before becoming the head women's coach at New Hampshire prior to the 2010-11 season.
"I'm proud of the record, but so many people had such a big hand in it," Magarity said. "I go back to Maggie (Dixon) getting me here, because I never thought I was going to coach again after Marist."
Following his time at Marist, Magarity served stints as the assistant commissioner at the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and the Mid-American Conference before returning to the coaching world as Dixon's associate head coach during the 2005-06 campaign. Magarity assumed the head coaching position following Dixon's passing in the spring of 2006, after the Black Knights clinched their first Division I NCAA Tournament berth.