Dave Magarity

Dave Magarity (born January 26, 1950)

Teams coached: Saint Francis Red Flash, Marist Foxes
Saint Francis (PA) record: 60-76 (.441)
Marist record: 253-259 (.494)
Overall record: 313-335 (.483)

Career Accomplishments:

  • NCAA National Championships:  0
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  1  (1987)
  • NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen:  0
  • NIT Championships:  0
  • NIT Appearances:  1  (1996)
  • MAAC Regular Season Champion:  1  (2002)
  • NEC Regular Season Champion:  2  (1987, 1988)
  • NEC Tournament Champion:  1  (1987)
  • NCAA Division I Women’s Tournament Appearances:  2  (2014, 2016)
  • WNIT Appearances:  2  (2013, 2015)
  • Patriot League (women’s) Regular Season Champion: (2013, 2016)
  • Patriot League (women’s) Tournament Champion: (2014, 2016)


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2006-2021 Army (women’s HC)
2005-2006 Army (women’s asst)
1986-2004 Marist
1983-1986 Iona (asst)
1978-1983 Saint Francis
1974-1978 Saint Francis (asst)

Dave Magarity Facts

  • Dave Magarity
  • Born January 26, 1950
  • Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alma Mater: Saint Francis University (BS, 1974)
  • The Philly-native played for head coaches John Clark, John Hiller and Dick Conover at Saint Francis (PA)
  • Two years after graduating, Magarity became an assistant at his alma mater under new head coach Pete Lonergan
    • Elevated to head coach in 1978, going 60-76 in five seasons at the helm
  • Spent three seasons as an assistant under Pat Kennedy at Iona, where he was part of two NCAA Tournament appearances
  • Hired in 1986 to be the head coach at Marist, serving in that role for the next eighteen seasons
    • Compiled a 253-259 record overall, winning the ECAC Metro (now NEC) title and an NCAA berth in his first year
    • Magarity’s first teams were led by 2x NEC POY and future NBA All-Star Rik Smits
    • Finished .500 or better ten times, later on sharing the 2002 MAAC title after the program changed leagues in 1997
    • Stepped down in 2004 after the Foxes finished 6-22 (4-14 MAAC)
  • Served as assistant commissioner of the MAAC from 2004-05 and briefly in the same role with the MAC in 2005
  • Returned to coaching for the 2005-06 season, joining Maggie Dixon’s staff with the Army women’s basketball program
    • Took over as head coach in 2006 following Dixon’s tragic death and served in that capacity for 15 seasons
    • Compiled a 266-183 record overall, went to two NCAA Tournaments and two WNITs; retired after the 2020-21 season
  • Along with his wife, Rita, has two daughters and one son; daughter, Maureen, was his assistant at Army
    • During the 2020-21 season, Dave’s Army team faced Maureen’s Holy Cross team four times, the first-ever father vs. daughter head coaching match-ups in Division I women’s basketball history (Holy Cross won three out of four)

Dave Magarity Coaching Tree

  • Jeff Bower (Marist, New Orleans Hornets)
  • Maureen Magarity (Holy Cross women’s, New Hampshire women’s)
  • Mark Prosser (Winthrop, Western Carolina)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the men’s NCAA Division I level only