LADY GENERALS LOSE COACH
Derek Marchione Now Assistant at UNH
by Win Hadley
LOCH SHELDRAKE, November 2020– SUNY Sullivan’s 2019 women’s basketball coach Derek Marchione has taken a job as assistant coach of women’s basketball at the University of New Hampshire.
He joined the Wildcat women’s basketball program as assistant coach in October, leaving the Lady Generals without a head coach.
Marchione had served as head women’s basketball coach at Sullivan for just one year, but it was an amazing year for the program. The Lady Generals finished with a 29-2 record and the 2020 NJCAA D-II Region XV Championship. After losing two games in November, the team reeled off 24 consecutive victories. Under Marchione’s guidance, the Lady Generals became a juggernaut, reaching the 100-point plateau 11 times during the season, and scoring at least 90 points on nine other occasions.
Marchione, a native of Waterford, N.Y, had been the head girls’ coach at Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, CT for two seasons (2017-19) prior to coming to Sullivan. Marchione started that program in April 2017 and, in his first season, led Putnam to a 21-9 record. In 2018-19 the program went 23-7 and reached the Independent School National Tournament semifinals.
Sullivan had not named a replacement for Marchione as of press time, but Athletic Director Chris DePew says the school is “moving quickly” to hire a new coach and has received “nearly 100 resumes already.”