Jaren Marino, who was a member of coaching staffs at Radford that won a trio of conference titles, has been named the new men’s basketball assistant coach at Navy, head coach Ed DeChellis announced today.
“We are very excited to have Jaren join our Navy basketball family,” said DeChellis. “He is an outstanding coach who possesses a tremendous work ethic. He’s a great addition to our staff!”
“I’m extremely grateful to coach DeChellis for the opportunity to join his staff,” said Marino. “My family and I are very excited to immerse ourselves into this program and community. The Midshipmen at the United States Naval Academy are some of the most outstanding individuals in the nation and I can’t wait to get to work with them! GO NAVY!”
Marino spent six years at Radford, first as the team’s video coordinator (one season) and then as the director of operations. The Highlanders won at least 20 games in four of his six seasons and posted records of 113-80 overall and 78-34 in Big South regular season games during his tenure.
His first year (2017-18) saw Radford win the Big South Tournament title and defeat Long Island in the First Four to record the program’s first NCAA Tournament victory. Radford would earn a share of conference regular season titles in both 2018-19 and 2019-20, place second in 2020-21 and share second place in 2022-23. The Highlanders also won a pair of games in the 2023 College Basketball Invitational.
The native of Dunbar, W.Va., graduated from South Charleston High School and went on to West Virginia Tech. Originally a walk-on for the Golden Bears, he earned a scholarship and a starting role over his last three years, twice earned all-conference honors, served as the team captain as both a junior and senior and totaled over 1,000 career points.
After finishing his collegiate eligibility in 2015, he returned to WVU Tech as a student assistant coach while he finished his undergraduate degree. In 2016, he graduated from the NAIA school with a Regents Bachelor of Arts Degree. Marino then went to Louisburg College as an assistant coach for the 2016-17 campaign. The Hurricanes compiled a 30-5 overall record and reached the championship game of the NJCAA (DII) Tournament.
Marino also attained a Master of Science Degree in Education from Radford.
He and his wife, Nicole Newman, who played basketball at James Madison and has been an assistant coach for the Radford women’s team, welcomed daughter Capri to their family in October.