Stamford, CT - Mollie Marcoux, Executive Director of Chelsea Piers Connecticut has been named the new Ford Family Director of Athletics for Princeton University. Marcoux was a legendary student-athlete at Princeton University in both ice hockey and soccer. Marcoux, currently the Executive Director of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, joined Chelsea Piers Management in 1995 and has played an integral role in the creation and management of both the New York and Connecticut sports complexes.
Marcoux began her 19-year career with Chelsea Piers Management, the company that owns and operates the two world-class amateur sports complexes, Chelsea Piers New York and Chelsea Piers Connecticut, when its first facility opened in 1995. As the first Director of Summer Camp, she helped create and launch the first Chelsea Piers Summer Sports Camp, which now enrolls over 2,000 children each summer. Between 1998-2000, Marcoux helped launch and was the first General Manager of Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse, the Company’s two event centers. Marcoux then spent two years as the First Vice President of New Business Development before taking over operations of the Field House. From 2002 through 2011 Marcoux served as First Vice President and General Manager of the highly successful Field House, which offers extensive sports programming for athletes of all ages and abilities. She also founded the Chelsea Piers “CP Kids” daycare/preschool center and was responsible for overseeing the company’s special event business. Additionally, Marcoux founded and served as executive director of the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund, which since its inception has provided more than 2,000 scholarships to make athletic opportunities available to children in need.
“Chelsea Piers is an industry leader in youth & amateur sports programming and I am very proud to have been a part of this exceptional company for close to 19 years,” said Marcoux. “All that I have learned during my long tenure at Chelsea Piers has prepared me for the challenges ahead and I look forward to utilizing my experiences to help continue the tradition of athletic & academic excellence at Princeton. I also look forward to watching Chelsea Piers continue to develop cutting-edge programming for athletes of all ages and abilities.”
Marcoux graduated from Princeton in 1991 after majoring in history and writing her thesis on the history of women in sports from 1895 to 1946. She was a two-sport varsity athlete, earning four letters each in soccer and ice hockey. As a varsity ice hockey player, she was named Ivy League rookie of the year in 1988, earned first-team all-ivy honors four times, was named the team's most valuable player three times, was elected team captain her senior year, was a first team all-eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) selection and a member of the ECAC team of the decade, and in 1999 she was named to the Ivy League's silver anniversary ice hockey team. When she graduated she was Princeton's all-time leading scorer and she still ranks first in most goals in a season with 35. She also earned second-team all-ivy honors in soccer in 1987.
As a senior Marcoux was awarded the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Year Award for "high scholastic rank, sportsmanship and general excellence in athletics" and the Patty Kazmaier Award as the member of the ice hockey team who made the greatest contribution to the program and exemplified such characteristics as "loyalty …, determination and perseverance under adverse conditions."
Following graduation, Marcoux served as assistant athletic director, assistant dean of admissions, assistant housemaster and coach of girls' ice hockey and soccer at the Lawrenceville School. In her honor Lawrenceville established the Mollie Marcoux Award to recognize the female hockey player who best exemplifies excellence in athletics and academics.
“We couldn’t be happier for Mollie,” commented David A. Tewksbury, President, Chelsea Piers Connecticut. “Mollie has grown up with us at Chelsea Piers and played a huge role in many of our businesses. Her relentless pursuit of excellence, business building talent and management skills combined with her athletic background and passion for Princeton we believe will lead to a great future for Princeton athletics. We look forward to watching her continue her impressive career and are thrilled to congratulate her on this great opportunity.”
Marcoux will begin her new position at Princeton in August.