Oct. 30, 2007
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - DAPER Department Head/Director of Athletics, Julie Soriero, has announced the hiring of Cecelia DeMarco as the interim head coach of the MIT women's basketball team. An 18-year veteran of the NCAA Division I coaching ranks, DeMarco will guide the Engineers' Division III program for the 2007-08 season.
From 1990-99, DeMarco directed the women's basketball program at Yale University, finishing as the all-time winningest coach with a ledger of 107-127. During her tenure, the Bulldogs broke into the upper tier of the Ivy League, ranking third at the close of the 1992-93 campaign. DeMarco's squads placed in the top half of the conference three more times over the course of six seasons. She has coached many Bulldog players to their own milestones: four players have reached the 1,000-point mark, one broke the all-time scoring record, another surpassed the Yale and Ivy League all-time assists standards, two earned Ivy League Rookie of the Year honors, and numerous others captured All-Ivy accolades.
Prior to her arrival at New Haven, DeMarco served as the Director of Athletics at Bridgewater State College. Before returning to her alma mater, she took over the reins of the program at the University of New Hampshire, where she compiled a nine-year record of 136-86 from 1977-86. DeMarco posted three 20-win seasons and her teams captured the ECAC Regional Championship in 1983 and 1984. She was named the Converse District I Coach of the Year in 1983 after leading the Wildcats to a 24-7 record. In 1997, DeMarco was inducted into the prestigious UNH Wildcat Winner Circle Hall of Honor.
DeMarco made her head coaching debut in 1973, when she began a three-year stint at Bishop Fenwick (Mass.) High School. She guided her teams to a 54-4 record and three conference titles. DeMarco's first collegiate position came during the 1976-77 season as an assistant coach for Washington State University.
In 1987, DeMarco was asked to represent the United States government on a goodwill basketball teaching tour through Africa. She helped train the Somalian women's national team and conducted clinics for both men and women in Kenya, Zimbabwe and Somalia.
Following her departure from Yale, DeMarco returned to New Hampshire where she has served as a part-time physical education instructor. At the same time, she has worked as a women's basketball analyst for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) television network as well as ESPNU. Since 2002, DeMarco has been the co-director of Hoop It Up, a small basketball clinic and camp for middle schools girls in the sea-coast region of New Hampshire. She has also filled her time with officiating intercollegiate women's lacrosse games.
A 1973 graduate of Bridgewater State with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education, DeMarco was a four-year starter for the Lady Bears and led her team to three state championships. In October of 1998, DeMarco was inducted into the Bridgewater State College Athletic Hall of Fame. DeMarco went on to earn a masters degree in Physical Education from Washington State.