Columbia native assumes head coaching role at Marist
Columbia native Keegan Wilkinson is the new coach at Marist, marking the eighth different Division I head coach named in 2011.
The school, which made the announcement Tuesday, promoted Wilkinson from assistant coach -- a role he had served over the past four seasons.
Over that same span, the Red Foxes have improved their record in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference each year and qualified for the league tournament in each of the past two seasons.
“I’d like to thank President [Dr. Dennis] Murray, [athletic director] Tim Murray and the search committee for conducting a great process. The support I’ve received has been overwhelming,” Wilkinson said in a statement posted on the school’s website. “The progress we’ve seen in the past few years [has] been astounding, and I’m looking forward to the challenge of continuing that progression.”
A graduate of DeMatha, Wilkinson was a four-year starter at attack at St. Joseph’s. He paced the Hawks in points and assists in three seasons, and his 83 career assists rank second on the university’s all-time assists list.
Wilkinson’s promotion leaves Bellarmine, Colgate, Siena and St. Joseph’s as the only Division I programs with head coaching vacancies.