New Leader for Athletics: Marcoux ’91, a standout in ice hockey, selected to succeed Walters ’67

Twenty-three years after leaving the ice in her final game at Princeton, Mollie Marcoux ’91 still loves to compete. She coaches her three children in youth sports, and during the season, she joked, “I spend half my life thinking about mite hockey.”

Beginning this summer, Marcoux (pronounced Mar-KOO) will have 38 more teams to think about as she takes over as Princeton’s new director of athletics. The longtime executive at Chelsea Piers Management will be the first woman to lead the department — a distinction that she said she is proud to have, but not one that was top-of-mind when she interviewed for the job.

In fact, Marcoux said that she had been so focused on launching and managing the Connecticut sports complex of Manhattan-based Chelsea Piers that she had not given serious thought to leaving the company. But after meeting with Princeton’s search committee and spending time on campus, she realized the uncommon perks of the job. “Having the opportunity, every day, to engage with Princeton’s talented student-athletes and help them reach their goals is something that I never imagined,” she said. …