MaryLynn Skarzenski is entering her third season as head women's basketball coach at Mitchell College in 2015-16.
A former four-year basketball standout at Nichols College, Skarzenski joined the Mariners after serving as head women’s basketball coach at Daniel Webster College in Nahsua, N.H. In two seasons with the Mariners she has produced a 27-9 record in league play with consecutive semifinals appearances in the New England Collegiate Conference Championship.
Four Mitchell players have earned all-conference recognition under Skarzenski's tutelage. The Mariners also had one player selected to participate in the 2014 NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic for the first time in program history.
Skarzenski is a 2014 graduate of the NCAA Women Coaches Academy and was a participant in the 2015 WBCA Center for Coaching Excellence. She is in her second year as a member of the NCAA Regional Advisory Committe and her third year as a WBCA conference captain.
Skarzenski is no stranger to NECC basketball, having led Daniel Webster to a 33-22 record (26-10 NECC) and consecutive conference championship appearances in her two seasons at the helm. In her first season in 2011-12, she coached the Eagles to a 19-9 overall record (13-5 NECC) and came within one win of the league title. The 19 wins marked the second most in a season all-time for the program.
Prior to her time at Daniel Webster, Skarzenski spent two seasons as the top assistant at the University of New England (UNE) in Biddeford, Maine. She was a part of the Nor’easter program that produced a school record for wins in back-to-back seasons, posting a 23-6 record in 2009-10 and a 24-7 mark in 2010-11. UNE advanced to the CCC championship game in each season, winning the title and earning a NCAA bid in 2010.
As a player at Nichols, Skarzenski started every game of her collegiate playing career and was a four-time CCC All-Conference First Team selection. She was named CCC Player of the Year as a senior and CCC Rookie of the Year as a freshman, and in between she was a two-time CCC Defensive Player of the Year pick. She finished her career ranked fourth all-time in scoring at Nichols with 1,333 points, and she remains the program’s all-time leader in assists (641), steals (409) and games started and played (115).
During her career, Skarzenski led the Bison to a record of 83-32 (.721) that included four ECAC Championship appearances and a school record 25-win season in 2008-09. The 83 wins were the most in any four-year span in the 35-year history of Nichols women’s basketball.
Skarzenski was honored for her playing days when she was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the class of 2013. The event was held on June 22 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass. Most recently she was enshrined in the Nichols College Athletics Hall of Fame in September 2015.
A native of Woodbridge, N.J., Skarzenski graduated from Nichols in 2009 with a degree in mathematics. In addition to being named the CCC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year, she was a member of two national honor societies, a regular on the Dean’s List and served terms as both vice president and president of the Nichols Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Skarzenski also serves as Acting Assistant AD/Senior Woman Administrator for the department of athletics. She recently received her Master's degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University in January 2016.