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Marilyn A. McNeil

Vice President and Director of Athletics

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Marilyn A. McNeil

Marilyn McNeil, Ed.D., was named the director of athletics at Monmouth University on April 15, 1994. The sixth person to hold this position at Monmouth, McNeil is also a vice president of the University.

McNeil, who guided the Hawks’ Athletics program into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) prior to the 2013-14 season, has led Monmouth to sustained success in the league. Monmouth has captured five consecutive MAAC Commissioner’s Cup titles, including four men’s trophies and back-to-back women’s crowns. Dating back to its time as a member of the Northeast Conference, Monmouth has now won 11 overall Commissioner's Cups under McNeil’s watch. 

Overall, Monmouth’s teams have won a total of 25 MAAC Regular Season Championships and 38 MAAC Tournament Championships over the past six years as a member of the league. 

Monmouth boasts a total of 37 All-Americans since 2013, and has professional athletes competing at the highest level, including current graduates in the National Football League, Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer and Major League Lacrosse.

Recently, McNeil has elevated the level of play for a number of programs, including moving Monmouth’s football program to one of the top FCS conferences in the Big South Conference. Recently, field hockey joined the America East Conference and the Monmouth Bowling program began competition in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference prior to 2018-19.

Since 2009, Monmouth has seen significant improvements to its athletic facilities. The OceanFirst Bank Center, a state-of-the art $57 million building, is the home competition venue for Monmouth’s basketball and indoor track and field programs. In addition, lights and turf have been installed on Hesse Field on the Great Lawn, the Ciniello Family Bowling Center was added to Boylan Gymnasium’s renovation and Kessler Stadium underwent a massive renovation prior to the 2017 football season and added a brand-new track surface in the summer of 2018.  

McNeil has been active on the national level of intercollegiate athletics as well. A former member of the Division I NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the Management Council, McNeil recently served as the chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. McNeil also served as president of NACWAA and was the chair of the NACDA FCS Council.

A native of Canada, McNeil arrived at Monmouth from California Polytechnic State University. While in San Luis Obispo, she served as head women's basketball coach, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator from 1979-94.

McNeil was awarded her bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Calgary in 1968. She continued her education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she earned a master's degree in physical education in 1974. She completed her formal education in 1993 after receiving a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Washington State University. In 2001, McNeil was honored as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-AA Administrator of the Year.

As an undergraduate student at Calgary, McNeil was a member of both the women's basketball and volleyball teams. She was also a member of the Canadian National Championship Curling team and competed in the first World Curling Championships. She served as head coach of women's basketball at Calgary from 1975-79 and was honored as the Canadian Coach of the Year in 1979. Before her stint at Calgary, McNeil coached several teams at McGill University and at Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec, from 1971-75.


Ed.D., Washington State University

M.A., McGill University

B.P.E., The University of Calgary