Mollie Marcoux, a legendary student-athlete at Princeton University who has played an integral role in the creation and management of the sports complexes of Chelsea Piers, has been appointed the University’s Ford Family Director of Athletics, effective Aug. 4. She will succeed Gary Walters, who announced last fall that he would be stepping down after leading the athletics program at Princeton for 20 years.
“Princeton has a proud and distinguished history of excellence in athletics and a deep respect for the powerful impact that athletics can have on the education and character of the students who participate. I am confident that Mollie Marcoux will build on these traditions and values and provide strong leadership for all of our varsity, club and recreational programs,” said Princeton University President Christopher L. Eisgruber, who made the appointment. “Not surprisingly, we had a very strong pool of candidates, and we are delighted that Mollie has agreed to apply her formidable talents and energies to these important new responsibilities.”
Marcoux graduated cum laude from Princeton in 1991 after majoring in history and writing her thesis on the history of women in sports from 1895 to 1946. She was a two-sport varsity athlete, earning four letters each in soccer and ice hockey. As a varsity ice hockey player, she was named Ivy League rookie of the year in 1988, earned first-team all-Ivy honors four times, was named the team’s most valuable player three times, was elected team captain her senior year, was a first team all-Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) selection and a member of the ECAC team of the decade, and in 1999 she was named to the Ivy League’s silver anniversary ice hockey team. When she graduated she was Princeton’s all-time leading scorer and she still ranks first in most goals in a season with 35. She also earned second-team all-Ivy honors in soccer in 1987.
As a senior Marcoux was awarded the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award for “high scholastic rank, sportsmanship and general excellence in athletics” and the Patty Kazmaier Award as the member of the ice hockey team who made the greatest contribution to the program and exemplified such characteristics as “loyalty …, determination and perseverance under adverse conditions.”
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