Release Courtesy of GNAC Conference Office
WINTHROP, Mass. – Following a vote amongst the Great Northeast Athletic Conference's athletic directors, former Johnson & Wales University (RI) Director of Athletics, and currently Assumption College Director of Athletics Jamie Marcoux has been selected as the 2018 GNAC Executive of the Year, as announced on Tuesday by GNAC Commissioner Joe Walsh.
Marcoux, who was named the director of athletics at Assumption College this past June, had previously spent more than 20 years at JWU which is a member of the GNAC. She served as JWU's Director of Athletics since 2013, managing a full-time staff of 30 coaches and administrators, 500 student-athletes, as well as 23 Division III varsity programs.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Marcoux served as chair of the GNAC Executive Committee, working closely with Commissioner Walsh to set agendas, resolve certain issues, and help conduct AD Council meetings. On top of that, JWU swept the GNAC Commissioner's Cups, which annually recognize the member institution that achieves the highest level of athletic success.
"I want to thank my fellow conference athletic directors for this recognition," said Marcoux. "This award is truly a reflection of the hard work and dedication that the staff and student-athletes at Johnson & Wales have. The support from administration and the tireless pursuit of excellence that is displayed by every member of the JWU Athletics family culminated into our best year ever. It truly is a team effort."
Prior to becoming the director of athletics at JWU, Marcoux served as associate director of athletics and Senior Woman Administrator (SWA) from 2002-2013. She began at JWU as the women's volleyball coach in 1996 until 2010, leading the Wildcats to five GNAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths while claiming seven GNAC Coach of the Year awards. She first served in an administrative role at JWU in 1998 as head athletic trainer.
In 2017-18, the Wildcats won seven GNAC Championships, and during the spring season alone sent five of its teams to the NCAA Division III Tournament – men's golf, women's tennis, softball, women's lacrosse and men's lacrosse. JWU also claimed the GNAC Men's Basketball and Women's Volleyball team titles, earning the right to host the NCAA Women's Volleyball Regional, where head coach Nancy Somera and her program won all three matches in Providence, R.I. to advance to the Elite Eight in Grand Rapids, Mich.
Marcoux earned a bachelor's of science in community health education and athletic training from Rhode Island College before getting her master's of science in athletic training from Indiana State University. As a student-athlete at RIC, she was named the Rhode Island College NCAA Woman of the Year.
In addition to chairing the GNAC executive committee last year, Marcoux has also served for a number of organizations: executive committee chair of the NCAA women's ice hockey Colonial Hockey Conference; the National Association of Athletic Administrators, Division III; Rhode Island Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (president 2006-2007); National Association for Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators; National Athletic Trainers' Association; Rhode Island Athletic Trainers' Association; NCAA women's volleyball regional advisory committee (RAC) member; Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) women's volleyball committee member; American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) head coaches' committee member.
At Assumption, she is responsible for implementing key priorities as they relate to the athletics program in the College's Light the Way 2020: Building on Foundations of Excellence Strategic Plan. These priorities include the development of plans to maximize the utilization of existing athletics facilities as well as explore the feasibility of the development of new facilities. The strategic plan emphasizes the need to ensure that student-athletes excel on the field and in the classroom.
Marcoux currently resides in North Smithfield, R.I. with her family.