June 25, 2012



Providence, RI—Rhode Island College Head Women’s Basketball Coach Marcus Reilly has resigned to take an assistant coach’s position with the University of Rhode Island women’s basketball program.


A national search for a new head coach will begin immediately. Associate Head Coach Claudia DeFaria will serve as the interim head coach during the search process.




“My family and I have enjoyed the past four years at Rhode Island College immensely and I could not have asked for a better relationship with everyone from administration, faculty, and, especially, our athletic department and fellow coaches,” Reilly said. “I truly value the relationship with my players the most and I look forward to each of those relationships continuing to grow. I will always be extremely proud of the success we have had and remain confident it will continue within the championship culture that has been built.”


Reilly added, “I'm very excited for this opportunity to help build the University of Rhode Island women's basketball program to a championship level in the prestigious A-10 conference. Exciting times are ahead for URI women's basketball under one of the premier coaches in our game in Cathy Inglese, this coaching staff, and the athletic department at URI and I am thrilled to become a small part of it.”


During his four years at RIC, Reilly compiled a 71-37 (.657) winning percentage. He guided the Anchorwomen to the Little East Conference Regular Season and Tournament Championships in 2012 and subsequent berth in the NCAA Tournament. He was named the Coach of the Year by the LEC, the New England Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (NEWBA) and the Cox Sports/R.I. Basketball Media.


Rhode Island College Athletic Director Don Tencher said, “I deeply appreciate the enormous effort that Marcus has given to the department over the past four years and his successes with the women's basketball program will be a tremendous template for all future coaches. I wish Marcus and his family the best as he pursues this next chapter in his professional career.”