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BRIDGEPORT, Pa. — Former Iona College standout and assistant coach Chris Vidale will join the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Water Polo Committee on September 1.

Vidale enters his fourth season as head coach at Marist College in 2020 and holds an overall record of 62-47.

He replaces St. Francis College Brooklyn Senior Woman Administrator/Director of Marketing Maggie Martini as the Division I representative on the NCAA Women’s Water Polo Committee and will serve with Fresno State University head coach Natalie Benson, University of California-Davis Associate Director of Athletics Katherine Zedonis, Azusa Pacific University head coach Julie Snodgrass and Utica College Professor of Biology/Faculty Athletics Representative Adam Pack.

The NCAA governance structure consists of legislative bodies – made up of volunteers from member schools – that manage topics affecting sports rules, championships, health and safety and matters impacting women in athletics and opportunities for minorities.

“It’s an honor and a privilege to be a part of the NCAA water polo committee,” said Vidale. “Our sport is growing and evolving each season, and I’m excited to help in its development.”

A member of the Iona men’s water polo team from 2003-to-2007, Vidale appeared in 67 games with 30 goals, eight assists, 56 steals and 38 drawn kickouts. He helped the Gaels to appearances in the Collegiate Water Polo Association (CWPA) Eastern Championship in 2003 and 2005 and claimed a bronze medal with the Trinidad and Tobago National Team at 2009 Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Games.

A former assistant men’s (2009-to-2014) and women’s (2009-to-2016) coach at Iona, Vidale served as head coach of the New York Athletic Club (NYAC) from 2013-to-2017.  He led NYAC team to three straight National Championships in 2013-to-2015 and coached 10 current or former Olympians.

He coached at Greenwich High School from 2014-to-2-16 and led the team to the Connecticut state championship in 2015.

Information courtesy Marist College Athletics Communications

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