Mary Ciuk is now in her eighth season on the UMass staff and fourth in her current capacity of Associate Head Coach. She is no stranger to the coaching direction of head coach Marnie Dacko. Ciuk has been on a staff with Dacko for the last 24 years at both Northwestern (1984-95) and Cornell (1995-2002). Ciuk's primary responsibilities include scouting of opponents and coordinating the recruiting efforts.
At Cornell, Ciuk helped the Big Red to their first two winning seasons in the Ivy League with 8-6 records in each of the last two years. There she also helped cultivate 10 all-league players, two academic All-Ivy picks, one Ivy League Rookie of the Year and four Ivy All-Rookie team selections.
At Northwestern, Ciuk and Dacko led the Wildcats to four NCAA Tournament appearances, the Big Ten championship in 1990 and compiled a 189-122 record. During the summer of 1993, the pair served as assistant coaches for the Big Ten All-Star team that toured through Australia and New Zealand. As Northwestern's recruiting coordinator, Ciuk assembled five recruiting classes that were ranked in the top 10 nationally.
A 1980 graduate of Southern Connecticut State, Ciuk earned a bachelor of science degree in Physical Education and played four years on the basketball team. The Owls posted a 57-28 mark and qualified for three AIAW national tournaments during Ciuk's playing career.
Following graduation, Ciuk was an assistant basketball coach at the University of Florida while earning a master's degree in Athletic Administration.
From 1982-84, she was an assistant basketball coach and head softball coach at Stetson (Fla.) University. During her second year, the Hatters' softball squad compiled a 26-10 record and placed fifth at the national tournament.
A native of Adams, Mass., Ciuk now resides in Sunderland, Mass.
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