Legendary Marian coach Mary Cicerone calls it a career – The Oakland Press


BIRMINGHAM – Mary Cicerone, the gold standard for women’s basketball coaches in the Catholic League for the past four decades, will say goodbye to the sidelines at the end of the 2022 season.

Cicerone, 62, recently told his team and the school that this was his last year on the bench, but no press release was issued as Cicerone wanted the campaign to stay focused on his club and not on its heritage.

MLive’s Jared Purcell shared the story of Cicerone’s retirement over the weekend after covering Marian’s 35-29 loss to CHSL rival Farmington Hills Mercy. Marian, the No. 1 ranked team in Oakland County, was 7-0 at the start of the game.

Mart Cicerone is stepping down as women’s basketball coach at Birmingham Marian. In 39 years, Cicerone led the Mustangs to six state championships. (MediaNews Group pjoto file)

Cicerone currently has 697 wins and has raised six state title banners during his 39-year tenure as head of the Mustangs. She is two wins away from climbing to third in the MHSAA’s all-time record books for all-time wins in her sport and three wins from becoming the third coach to eclipse the total of 700 wins. Five Mustangs hoopsters were named Miss Basketball candidates upon her arrival on the bench. Jennifer Shasky (George Washington) won the award in 1988 after bringing Marian to the first Cicerone State Championship. Its 2014 and 2015 teams have won back-to-back Class A State Crowns.

As lively as she can pace at times, Cicerone is as humble and unpretentious as she comes out of the ground. Letting it be known that she had decided to quit was not a priority for her. The warning she gave him in a tight circle within the school was all she intended to do.

But when the news leaked, she started giving interviews on the subject.

Cicerone is happy with the way the situation has been handled.

“Listen, my team knows it, my sporting director knows it and that’s all that matters to me,” she said. “Legacies, records, trophies are good, but in terms of what it all means, it’s something that others can discuss and worry about. I don’t care about this stuff.

For the future, Cicerone is convinced that everything is in place for a smooth transition.

“I’m ready to pass the torch, I was never going to be here forever …… .the players agree, they know they’re in good hands.”

Cicerone was a superstar herself during her playing days. She was an All-State Pick at Coopersville in 1977, then had a tremendous career for the University of Detroit-Mercy Titans.


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