Marist Red Foxes
AmericanFootball current event.svg.png Current season
First season 1978
Athletic director Tim Murray
Head coach Jim Parady
Home stadium Leonidoff Field
Stadium capacity 5,000
Stadium surface Field Turf
Location Poughkeepsie, NY
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Pioneer Football League
All-time record 152–182–3
Postseason bowl record 1–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 3 (1994, 2006, 2007)
Division titles 0
Heisman winners 0
Current uniform
Colors Red and White            
Fight song Marist Fight Song
Mascot Shooter
Marching band Marist Band

The Marist Red Foxes football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Marist College located in the U.S. state of New York. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Marist's first football team was fielded in 1978. The team plays its home games at the 5,000 seat Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Red Foxes are coached by Jim Parady.


Marist College Football traces its roots back to 1965, when the first team, then a club, posted a 3-3 record under coach Ron Levine.[1] The program would soon become one of the most powerful club programs in the country advancing to two National Title Games (1970 and 1972) while competing in the Eastern Collegiate Club Football League.[2] After 13 seasons of numerous All-America selections and conference crowns, the program was elevated to varsity status in 1978 at the Division III level.[2] The first varsity win was a 14-9 decision over Manhattan College in 1978.[2] The Red Foxes played at the Division III level for the next 15 years, as members of the Metropolitan Conference, the ACFC, and the Liberty Conference.[2] Mike Malet was the first coach of the varsity Red Foxes, holding that position from 1978-88.[2]

In 1993 football moved up to Division I-AA and in 1994 became the first Marist athletic team to become a member of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.[1]

The Red Foxes broke into the national spotlight in 1997 by setting national records. The Marist defense set a pair of I-AA records in the fall of 1997, breaking the opponent rushing yards per game and fewest yards allowed per rush marks, that had been held by Florida A&M University. The Red Foxes allowed just 39.8 rush yards a game, eclipsing the 1978 record of 45.4 yards per game. The stingy Marist defense also allowed just 1.2 yards per rush, which snapped the Rattlers 1984 national record of 1.3 yards a carry.

The 1998 campaign saw Marist again ranking among the best in the nation defensively. The Red Foxes ranked second in the nation in pass efficiency at 78.3, and total defense, allowing just 219.6 yards per game. Marist also ranked third in the nation in rushing defense at 73.8 yards per game, and was the sixth-best in the country in points allowed, giving up just 12.9 a game. The offense was not to be outdone that season, rewriting 15 school records, six on the legs of the school's all-time single-season touchdown leader (21), the late J.J. Allen.

During 2000 Marist won its 100th game in its 23rd year of varsity competition in a 34-31 win over Wagner College. Marist had a then-program-record 11 athletes named to the All-MAAC teams at the end of the season, and had seven players named All-America recognition from the Football Gazette. It was the Red Foxes' seventh straight winning season.

The team moved into its beautiful new home, Tenney Stadium, in 2007 and played its first game there on Oct. 6 against Duquesne.

In 2008 after the MAAC football conference disbanded the team joined the Pioneer Football League.[1]

In their first season as a member of the Pioneer Football League (2008), Marist tied a program record with seven victories, and set a program record with a six-game winning streak. They finished the season 7-4.[3]

In 2010 the Red Foxes set a single-season program record with 2,950 yards through the air. Quarterback Tommy Reilly set the program's single-game and single-season records for completions, attempts and passing yards.[3]

Individual RecordsEdit

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Most Passing Yards Season Yards
Tommy Reilly 2010 2383
Most Rushing Yards Season Yards
Bo Ehikioya 2008 1140
Most Receiving Yards Season Yards
James LaMacchia 2009 1075

Notable former playersEdit

Notable alumni include:

  • Bill O'Reilly - Punter (1967-1970) during his senior season O’Reilly was the National Club Football Association’s leading punter, averaging 41.4 yards per punt (23 for a total of 957 yards).[2]
  • Jaquan Bryant - Cornerback (2008-2011) invited to Oakland Raiders rookie minicamp.[4]
  • Kevin Fitzpatrick - Wide receiver (2008-2011) invited to Buffalo Bills rookie minicamp.[5]

Current CoachesEdit

  • Jim Parady, Head Coach (20th Season).[3]
  • Scott Rumsey, Assoc. Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator / Linebackers Coach (14th Season).
  • Nate Fields, Special Teams / Wide Receivers Coach.
  • Tunde Agboke, Defensive Line Coach / Video Coordinator.
  • Pete Mahoney, Running Backs Coach, Director of Football Operations.
  • Tom Kelly, Kickers Coach(26th Season).
  • Larry Riley, Cornerbacks Coach (25th Season).
  • Bill Roos, Offensive Line Coach (10th Season).
  • Clarence Johnson, Safeties Coach, Recruiting Coordinator.
  • Rory Foley, Tight Ends Coach.

Past CoachesEdit

Year-by-year resultsEdit


Championships Edit

Conference championships Edit

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1994 MAAC (Co-Championship) Jim Parady 7-3 6–1
2006 MAAC (Co-Championship) Jim Parady 4-7 3–1
2007 MAAC (Co-Championship) Jim Parady 3-8 2–1
Total conference championships 3

Bowl GamesEdit

Date played Bowl Champion Runner-Up
1990 ACFC Bowl Marist 40 Brooklyn 0


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  4. "Oakland Raiders holding tryouts during rookie mini camps". May 12, 2012.
  5. "2012 Buffalo Bills UDFA Signings". April 29, 2012.

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