MaryLynn Skarzenski, a Woodbridge High School alumna, has been named to the 2013 New England Basketball Hall of Fame. On Saturday, June 22, Skarzenski will join other honorees representing a variety of categories including coaches, players, teams and special contributors at a major ceremony at the DCU Center in Worcester, Massachusetts. “MaryLynn was one of the most exceptional student-athletes we’ve ever had at Woodbridge HS and we couldn’t be more proud of all she has accomplished since graduating,” said Joseph Ward Director of Athletics at the school. “This recognition is well deserved.”
Skarzenski, a Woodbridge, N.J. native, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics with a minor in Psychology from Nichols in 2009. She established herself as one of the best players in the history of the program. Skarzenski was a four-time The Commonwealth Coast Conference (TCCC) First Team All-Conference selection, as well as a three-year member of the TCCC All-Academic Team. In addition, she received several conference awards during her career, including Player of the Year (08-09), Defensive Player of the Year (07-08, 08-09), Rookie of the Year (05-06), and was recognized as the Senior Scholar-Athlete. Skarzenski was also named an Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Second Team All-Star in her final season. She holds numerous records at Nichols College, including 3-pt FGs in a game (7), 3-pt FG% in a game (100%, 6-6), most assists in a game (15), season (195), and career (641), and most steals in a game (12) and career (409). She currently stands fourth on the all-time scoring list with 1,333 points. Skarzenski, who started and scored in every possible game of her career spanning 115 contests, helped guide the Bison to a four-year record of 83-32 (.721) which included two trips to the ECAC tournament and a program single-season record of 25 wins her senior year.
MaryLynn is currently the women’s basketball head coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua, NH. She recently completed her 2nd season as head coach, and guided the team to a 5th consecutive playoff appearance, falling to the eventual champions in the semifinals and ending the season at 14-13. In her first season, Skarzenski coached the squad to a 19-9 overall record, which included a return trip for the program to the NECC finals, falling just short of a return trip to the NCAA tournament. The 19 victories also marked the second most in a season all-time for the program.
The June 22 event will include a series of afternoon panel discussions featuring a number of former NBA and WNBA players who will be inducted that evening, as well as famed coaches, such as John Caliperi of Kentucky, former UMASS Coach. Renowned novelist, Harlan Coben, who was an outstanding player at Amherst, will be among the inductees, and will serve as an afternoon panelist.
The event — as much reunion as ceremony — has become one of the largest sports dinners in America. At the last ceremony, the event welcomed over 1,600 people and was a sellout. The 2013 event is expected to be a sell out.
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