Head Coach - Maria Marchesano
Head Coach Maria Marchesano
Maria Marchesano begins her first year as women’s basketball coach at Walsh University. Marchesano is the eighth coach in program history. She spent the last two years as the head coach at Urbana University.
"I feel very fortunate and blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of such an amazing university and one of the most prestigious conferences in Division II athletics,” stated Marchesano. “I am so grateful to President Jusseaume and Dale Howard for this incredible opportunity to lead the women's basketball program and to be a part of the Cavalier family."
Marchesano was named to the Urbana post 10 games into the 2011-12 season, and began the process of turning the Blue Knights into a winner immediately. The 2-8 squad ran off eight straight wins at home, and by mid-February had climbed back to .500 and qualified as the number three seed in the six-team D-II Ohio Independent Championships. As the number three-seed, the Blue Knights made a run to the OIC Championship game, where their season came to an end with a 10-point loss at top-seeded Cedarville.
For her efforts, Marchesano was named the D-II Independent Coach of the Year. After that 2-8 start, the Blue Knights finished 12-7 under Marchesano, including an incredible 9-1 at home. Four Blue Knights earned All-Independent honors as the squad turned their season around and finished 14-15.
This past season, Urbana’s first in the newly formed G-MAC, they finished 15-15 overall, 6-2 in conference play, and won the conference tournament championship, 70-63 against Trevecca Nazarene University. They finished the season at the .500 mark despite playing only nine home games.
Marchesano came to Urbana from Manchester College in North Manchester, Indiana where she served as an assistant coach for both the women’s basketball and softball teams. Marchesano joined the Spartans before the 2010-11 season. Prior to that, she spent four years playing and coaching both basketball and softball professionally in the Italian Basketball Federation and Italian Federation of Softball.
The Fort Wayne, Indiana native was a four-year letter winner in women’s basketball and a one-year letter winner in softball at Division I Butler University. She graduated from Butler with a degree in Integrated Communications in 2005.
Marchesano ended her Bulldog basketball career as the second most prolific three-point shooter in school history. Just two days later, she joined the Bulldog softball team after a four-year hiatus from the sport, starting 48 games at shortstop as a senior. A two-sport standout at Elmhurst High School, Marchesano earned All-State selections in both sports.
Marchesano resides in North Canton.