MU Athletics BIO

Dr. Marilyn McNeil was named the Director of Athletics at Monmouth University on April 15, 1994. The sixth person to hold this position at Monmouth, Dr. McNeil is also a Vice-President of the University.

McNeil, who guided the Hawks’ Athletics program into the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) on July 1, 2013, led Monmouth through two NCAA Division I recertification processes, most recently in the summer of 2011. During its tenure in the Northeast Conference, Monmouth won a league-high seven Commissioner's Cup titles, six of which came under McNeil’s watch in West Long Branch, while the men's teams captured an NEC-record 12 trophies.

Monmouth athletic teams had unparalleled success in the Northeast Conference under McNeil's watch, with Hawk teams claiming 33 NEC Regular Season Championships and 61 NEC Tournament Championships in her 19 years as a member of the league.

Dr. McNeil has been active on the national level of intercollegiate athletics as well. A former member of the Division I NCAA Committee on Women's Athletics and the Management Council, McNeil recently served as the Chair of the NCAA Division I Women's Basketball Committee. McNeil also served as President of NACWAA and was the Chair of the NACDA FCS Council.

A native of Canada, Dr. McNeil arrived at Monmouth from California Polytechnic State University. While in San Luis Obispo, she served as head women's basketball coach, associate athletics director and senior woman administrator from 1979-94.

Dr. McNeil was awarded her bachelor's degree in physical education from the University of Calgary in 1968. She continued her education at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, where she earned a Master's Degree in physical education in 1974. She completed her formal education in 1993 after receiving a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Washington State University.

In 2001, Dr. McNeil was honored as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-AA Administrator of the Year.

As an undergraduate student at Calgary, Dr. McNeil was a member of both the women's basketball and volleyball teams. She was also a member of the Canadian National Championship Curling team and competed in the first World Curling Championships. She served as head coach of women's basketball at Calgary from 1975-79 and was honored as the Canadian Coach of the Year in 1979. Before her stint at Calgary, Dr. McNeil coached several teams at McGill University and at Vanier College in Montreal, Quebec, from 1971-75.

She resides in Oceanport with her husband, Henry Byzinski. The couple has two children, Tasha and Derek.