Women’s basketball coach Maureen Magarity is leaving the University of New Hampshire to coach at Holy Cross, the Worcester, Mass., college said in a news release Tuesday.
Over her 10 years in Durham, her record was 146-155. The Wildcats were 10-19 this past season.
At UNH, Magarity posted winning records in three of her first five seasons. In 2016-17, Magarity led UNH to a 26-6 record — the school’s first 20-win season in more than 30 years. The team made the WNIT that season, and Magarity was named the Kay Yow National Coach of the Year.
UNH's top assistant is Nashua's Kelsey Hogan, listed as the associated head coach.
Magarity played and coached at Marist before joining the coaching staff at Army West Point.
“Holy Cross is extremely lucky to be gaining Coach Mags as their next head coach,” Kat Fogarty, an All-America East conference selection in 2018 who played for Magarity, said in a statement. “She is someone I look up to as a coach, mentor and leader because of the way she cares about her players as people first. I am grateful for the relationship I built with her and her family as a player and am lucky to still call them family to this day. Her leadership and overall presence will make an immediate impact on the team, and the entire Holy Cross community.”
Former UConn star Jen Rizzoti, George Washington University’s head coach, weighed in via a statement as well.
“Mo’s teams were always well prepared, tough and intelligent,” Rizzoti said. “I knew I had to be at my best when I coached against her in the America East because her end-of-game execution was as good as anyone’s. I am happy for her and her family as they embark on this new adventure. Holy Cross is lucky to have someone who will have such a positive impact on their players and program going forward.”
Holy Cross competes in the Patriot League. The Crusaders finished fourth (11-7) and 19-11 overall this past winter.