Marie Warner enters her second season as an assistant coach of the Quinnipiac women’s basketball program. Warner brings a wealth of basketball knowledge to the Bobcats, after playing professionally overseas and four years at the collegiate level.
Prior to Quinnipiac, Warner was a member of Virtus Cagliari, a basketball franchise in the Italian Series A2. She enjoyed a three-year career with the club, a stint that was highlighted by a 2010 league championship. Warner flourished a year later, averaging 13.8 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. The team snatched second place in the division.
During Warner’s time overseas, she was also elected as the Public Relations Representative for Virtus Cagliari. This position required making appearances and promoting the team throughout the community. With her skills and promotions, the team reflected a 20 percent increase in ticket sales during her run.
In addition to being a professional athlete, Warner coached a youth girls team in Cagliari from 2009-11. As the coach, she ran basketball clinics, broke down language barriers and was a translator for many of the young children and parents involved.
After her stint in Italy, Warner accepted a position with OMD Canada, as an Assistant Strategist Intern that dealt with media planning for top corporations such as Pepsi Co. (Canada). Utilizing her business degree, she was in charge of presenting marketing plans to depict industry trends and opportunities for her clients.
Warner graduated from Canisius College of Buffalo, New York, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing in 2008. She later continued her education and received a Master’s in Business Administration in 2009.
Warner began her collegiate career at the University of Utah before transferring to Canisius College. She posted career-numbers in Buffalo, leading the Griffs to a WNIT bid in 2009. She was named to the ESPN: The Magazine All-American team and nominated for NCAA Woman of the Year. Warner’s season was highlighted by her play in January, where she earned Honorable Mention for the NCAA Player of the Month award.
Warner was also a member of NACWAA, Women’s Assoc. for Athletic Administrators.