Marist Red Foxes football
2023 Marist Red Foxes football team
First season1978
Athletic directorTim Murray
Head coachMike Willis
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumTenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field
(capacity: 5,000)
Field surfaceField Turf
LocationPoughkeepsie, New York, United States
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferencePioneer Football League
All-time record230–238–6 (.492)
Bowl record1–0 (1.000)
Conference titles4 (1994, 2006, 2007, 2013)
Current uniform
ColorsRed and white[1]
Fight songMarist Fight Song
Marching bandMarist Band
For information on all Marist College sports, see Marist Red Foxes

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.[2] Marist's first football team was fielded in 1978. The team plays its home games at the 5,000 seat Tenney Stadium at Leonidoff Field in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Red Foxes are coached by Mike Willis.


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.[3] 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.[4] 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.[4] The first varsity win was a 14–9 decision over Manhattan College in 1978.[4] 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.[4] Mike Malet was the first coach of the varsity Red Foxes, holding that position from 1978–88.[4]

In 1993, the football program 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.[3]

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 rewrote 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's home, Leonidoff Field, was renovated after the 2006 season and beautiful Tenney Stadium was built around it. Marist played its first post-renovation game there on October 6, 2007 against Duquesne.

In 2008, after the MAAC football conference disbanded, the team joined the Pioneer Football League.[3]

In their first season as a member of the Pioneer Football League (2008), Marist tied a then program record with seven victories, and set a program record with a six-game winning streak. They finished the season 7–4.[5]

In 2010, the Red Foxes set a single-season program record with 2,950 yards through the air. Quarterback Tommy Reilly set the then program's single-game and single-season records for completions, attempts and passing yards.[5]

The 2013 team claimed a share the PFL title, finished 7–1 in PFL play and set a program record for victories; ending the season 8–3 overall. A controversial league tiebreaker gave the PFL's FCS playoff auto-bid to Butler.[6]

In November 2023, Jim Parady announced his retirement after 32 years as head coach.[7]

Conference affiliations


Conference memberships

Individual single season records

Marist vs Davidson 2012
Red Fox fans at Tenney Stadium
Most Passing Yards Season Yards
Charles Looney 2013 2,763
Tommy Reilly 2010 2,383
Most Rushing Yards Season Yards
J.J. Allen 1998 1,623
Most Receiving Yards Season Yards
Michael Rios 2012 1,173
James LaMacchia 2009 1,075

Notable former players

This section needs expansion. You can help by adding to it. (June 2012)

See also: List of Marist Red Foxes in the NFL Draft

Notable alumni include:

Head coaches


Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall record Conference record
2013 PFL (Co-championship) Jim Parady 8–3 7–1
2007 MAAC (Co-championship) Jim Parady 3–8 2–1
2006 MAAC (Co-championship) Jim Parady 4–7 3–1
1994 MAAC (Co-championship) Jim Parady 7–3 6–1
Total conference championships 4

Bowl games

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

Future non-conference opponents

Announced schedules as of November 9, 2023.[10]

2023 2024 2025 2026
at Georgetown at Lafayette at Army at Lafayette
at Columbia


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  2. ^ "Marist Historical Data". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2014-02-22. Retrieved 2014-02-13.
  3. ^ a b c "Marist gets a National Stage and Travel Schedule". New York Times. September 11, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e "The Marist Football Story 1965-2004" (PDF). Go Red Foxes. Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d e "Football historical stats - Marist Red Foxes". Retrieved November 29, 2012.
  6. ^ "Butler University wins PFL tiebreaker, Division I Football Championship automatic qualification". Pioneer Football League. 2013-11-19.
  7. ^ "Marist Head Coach Jim Parady Retires".
  8. ^ "Marist Football 2014 Yearbook" (PDF). Marist Athletics. Retrieved 2015-07-10.
  9. ^ Poupart, Alain. "The 100 Greatest Plays in Dolphins History: No. 56". Sports Illustrated Miami Dolphins News, Analysis and More. Retrieved 2022-04-22.
  10. ^ "Marist Red Foxes Football Future Schedules". Retrieved November 9, 2023.