The Board of Administrators of the LPGA has unanimously elected Mollie Marcoux Samaan as its subsequent Commissioner. Marcoux Samaan, at present Ford Household Director of Athletics at Princeton College, will turn into the ninth Commissioner of the LPGA since its formation in 1950.
She’s going to succeed Commissioner Mike Whan who notified the LPGA Board late final 12 months of his intent to step down in 2021. Whan was just lately introduced as the following Chief Government Officer of the USGA. Marcoux Samaan can be working with the LPGA Board and the College to transition to her new position within the months forward.
“Our choice of Mollie Marcoux Samaan because the LPGA’s subsequent Commissioner is the end result of an in depth and deliberate search course of. The place attracted a various group of excellent inside and exterior candidates, all passionate in regards to the LPGA. We concluded that Mollie is the suitable chief to information the LPGA’s subsequent chapter of development, influence and achievement,” mentioned Diane Gulyas, Chair of the LPGA Board of Administrators and the Search Committee.
“Mollie understands the ability of golf to vary the lives of women and girls. As a values-centered chief, she’s recognized for her expertise in collaboration, managing by means of complexity and constructing a successful staff tradition. In each position, she’s had an impressive document of efficiency in navigating change, forging lasting partnerships, and seeing – and seizing – new alternatives,” Gulyas mentioned.
“Our search course of was disciplined and thorough. We had been impressed and honored by the massive variety of high quality of leaders within the LPGA. However in the long run, Mollie stood above the remainder. We had been impressed by her monitor document working with athletes; along with her capability to forge new and revolutionary partnerships; and along with her private ardour, authenticity and confirmed persistence for excellence,” mentioned Juli Inkster, World and LPGA Corridor of Famer and a member of the Search Committee.
“The LPGA Commissioner position is without doubt one of the greatest jobs in sports activities at the moment and the chance of a lifetime. I’m passionate in regards to the recreation of golf and have been an LPGA fan since I used to be a bit of woman. I recognize the LPGA’s historical past and the tenacity of its 13 Founders. I’m actually impressed by our Tour players and instructing professionals. I’m excited to dive into the LPGA initiatives to influence ladies and ladies within the recreation at all ages and talent. And, to find out about and contribute to all points of the LPGA’s enterprise,” mentioned Mollie Marcoux Samaan.
“I consider passionately that sports activities have the ability to vary the world. And on this second in time – with the optimistic vitality round ladies’s sports activities, ladies’s management and society’s dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion – I consider the LPGA has an unbelievable alternative to make use of our platform for optimistic change.
‘I’ve devoted my profession to growing character, confidence and alternatives by means of sports activities. My mission and the LPGA’s mission are totally aligned: offering ladies and ladies the chance to realize their desires by means of golf.
“Underneath the management of Mike Whan and the chief staff, the LPGA is strongly positioned for continued development and influence. I’ll sit up for working with Mike and the management staff to fulfill the many individuals and organizations which have been so integral to the LPGA’s success. With its dedicated sponsors and followers, proficient players and members, and distinctive employees and Board, my position can be to proceed the optimistic momentum and improve alternatives, consciousness, influence and respect for the LPGA worldwide,” Marcoux Samaan mentioned.
Mollie Marcoux Samaan was a passionate multi-sport athlete from the second she was launched to sports activities as a younger woman. After watching the LPGA and seeing her older brother play golf, Marcoux Samaan satisfied her mother and father at age 11 to permit her to spend her summer days taking part in at Newman Golf Course, a public course in Ithaca, N.Y. At 14, she was runner up within the ladies’s metropolis championship, dropping in a playoff. She is a five-time membership champion on the North Fork Nation Membership in Cutchogue, N.Y.
Marcoux Samaan graduated cum laude from Princeton College in 1991. A historical past main, she wrote her senior thesis on “The Social Development of Sport and Gender: A Historical past of Girls’s Golf from 1895 to 1955.” She was a two-sport varsity athlete, incomes 4 letters every in soccer and ice hockey. Along with being named First Staff All-Ivy in ice hockey all 4 years, Marcoux Samaan was named to the collegiate ladies’s ice hockey Staff of the Decade in 1990. As a senior, Marcoux Samaan was awarded the C. Otto von Kienbusch Sportswoman of the Yr Award, honoring the College’s prime feminine athlete who additionally shows excessive scholastic rank and sportsmanship.
Following commencement, Marcoux Samaan served as assistant athletic director, assistant dean of admissions, and coach of women’ ice hockey and soccer on the Lawrenceville College (Lawrenceville, N.J).
She then started a 19-year profession with Chelsea Piers Administration, the corporate that owns and operates two world-class novice sports activities complexes, Chelsea Piers New York and Chelsea Piers Connecticut, when its first facility opened in 1995. Marcoux Samaan progressed into senior administration positions all through her time at Chelsea Piers, changing into govt vp of Chelsea Piers’ 400,000-square-foot multi-venue sports activities complicated in Connecticut, a facility with over 300 staff, together with skilled athletes, Olympians, former collegiate coaches, former Division I athletes and sports activities trade leaders. In these roles she developed intensive and cutting-edge sports activities programming for athletes of all ages and skills. She additionally based and served as govt director of the Chelsea Piers Scholarship Fund, which gives scholarships to supply athletic alternatives to youngsters in want.
In 2014, she was recruited again to Princeton because the College’s Ford Household Director of Athletics. In her seven years as Director of Athletics, Marcoux Samaan has overseen a division recognized for achievement and excellence, on and off the field. Throughout Marcoux Samaan’s tenure, Princeton groups received a league-leading 65 Ivy League Championships and completed as excessive as thirtieth within the prestigious Learfield IMG Cup standings, which measures general athletics success of all Division I Athletics applications.
Marcoux Samaan initiated Princeton Tiger Efficiency, which focuses on the optimum efficiency of the College’s practically 1,000 varsity athletes annually, putting in applications that allow them to succeed in their fullest potential as athletes, college students and residents. She crafted a strategic plan for athletics that has continued to evolve and enhance Princeton Athletics, together with main enhancements in services, recruiting and retaining proficient coaches and employees, creating efficient fundraising and income development methods and rising advertising and publicity.
In 2020, Marcoux Samaan’s biggest management challenges had been off the field: navigating the COVID-19 pandemic in addition to the flashpoint in race relations and social justice. With each challenges, she demonstrated the power to navigate complexity and uncertainty, placing individuals first, demonstrating empathy and taking constructive motion. Her calmness and focus stored the athletic division functioning with resilience, development and optimism and gave the groups, athletes and coaches a rallying level and route throughout probably the most attempting instances.
This 12 months, Princeton Athletics has proudly celebrated 50 years of girls’s athletics, highlighting the extraordinary aggressive legacy and the profoundly optimistic influence so many Princeton feminine student- athletes have had after commencement.
Marcoux Samaan and her husband, Andrew Samaan, are the mother and father of three youngsters: Maddie (17), Catie (15) and Drew (12).