Army athletic director Boo Corrigan announced Tuesday that the academy has agreed to a new 5-year contract for head women’s basketball coach Dave Magarity. Terms of the agreement were not announced, but the deal will keep Magarity at Army through the 2020-21 season.
Magarity recently completed his 10th season as head coach at Army and guided the Black Knights to their second Patriot League championship in the last three seasons. Army set a school record with 29 victories this past season, as part of a 29-3 overall record, that included a 17-1 record in the Patriot League. Army’s 29 victories and 17 conference wins are both tied for the most in a single season in league history.
“This is a great day for Army women’s basketball and the future,” Corrigan said. “Dave has done a tremendous job of developing this program into a perennial contender in the Patriot League. The women’s team has achieved unprecedented success over the past four seasons especially, including setting Patriot League records with 99 wins and a .780 winning percentage over that time. With everything Dave has done at West Point and with the players coming back and the success of this staff’s recruiting, we believe the future is bright.”
Magarity is the winningest coach in team history with a record of 198-108; this has included a 99-28 record the past four seasons. The Black Knights’ 99 wins and .780 winning percentage from 2012-13 to 2015-16 are the best during a four-year period in Patriot League history, including both men’s and women’s basketball. Army has totaled four consecutive 20-win seasons and has been to four straight national post-season tournaments, including two trips to the NCAA Tournament and two more to the WNIT.
He was named Division I Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association following this past season, the second time in his 10 seasons at Army he has been so honored. He served as associate head coach under Maggie Dixon in 2005-06, and has been a part of all three Army’s Patriot League championships (2006, 2014, 2016). He took over for Dixon prior to the 2006-07 season when she died of an enlarged heart and a problem with a heart valve
Before joining Army, Magarity served as a men’s head coach for 23 years, 18 at Marist College. His overall record was 313-334; 253 of those victories were at Marist. Previously, he coached at St. Francis University (Pa.).
“Coming off the season we had, I could not be more excited to continue to work with this team,” Magarity said. “It means a lot to me, and this program, to have the continued support of Mr. Corrigan and the administration as we look to continue to build on all we have accomplished. We graduate a very talented senior class this May, but I feel we have a strong corps of returning players that will allow us to contend for Patriot League championships. The credit goes to our terrific coaching staff and the job they do not only preparing our players, but also for the work they do in recruiting and developing the future of our team to help us reach all of our goals.”