Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Marianne Reilly Steps Down

Reilly served as director for seven years.

Manhattan College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Marianne Reilly announced today that she is stepping down from her role effective July 1, after seven years as the Director at the College. Manhattan College

“It has been an honor to serve my alma mater, our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and supporters,” said Reilly. “After seven years at the helm, it is time for a new voice to lead the Department into the future and time for me to embark on the next phase of my professional and personal journey. I am proud of what we were able to accomplish together and I will continue to cheer on the Jaspers in the years ahead. I am grateful to my colleagues, our talented staff, and most of all, the young men and women who proudly wear the green and white.”

The first female Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Manhattan, Reilly led transformative facility renovations and projects impacting many sports, including the opening of the Gaelic Park Athletic Center with state-of-the-art training and locker rooms, and significant enhancements to Draddy Gymnasium, the home to the Jasper basketball and volleyball programs. Under her leadership, Manhattan won four conference championships and earned a pair of postseason berths. Manhattan student-athletes achieved 98 All-MAAC honors and earned 29 MAAC major awards. In the classroom, the Jaspers earned more than 1,500 MAAC All-Academic honors in Reilly’s tenure. During the 2021-22 academic year, the Jaspers had 229 student-athletes named to the MAAC Academic Honor Roll, the most in the last five years. Reilly also oversaw a critical strategic plan for the Department and helped the College adjust to the ever-changing landscape and rules of college athletics.

“On behalf of the Manhattan College community, I want to thank Marianne for her selfless service to our institution and to our students,” said Manhattan President Brother Daniel Gardner. “Marianne is one of us and led us through a transformative period for the College and for intercollegiate athletics in general. Her contributions as a student-athlete and administrator will live forever in our history. We wish Marianne and Tom the very best and look forward to them continuing to play an important role in our College community.”

Reilly arrived at Manhattan after nearly three decades of service at Fordham University, where she served on the athletics’ leadership team and briefly as an assistant women’s basketball coach. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Manhattan College and holds a Master’s Degree in Education and Administration from Lehman College and a professional diploma in Administration and Supervision from Fordham University. Reilly was the first woman inducted into the Manhattan College Athletics Hall of Fame and is also an inductee into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Honor Roll at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame.

Dr. Ronald Gray, VP for Student Life, will serve as the Interim Director of Intercollegiate Athletics as a national search launches to identify Reilly’s successor.

By David Koeppel