Chatham’s Marriott resigns after banner year

By Mark Kitchin


Deb Marriott has resigned at Chatham High School girls lacrosse coach.

Marriott coached the Cougars for seven seasons and compiled a 114-24 record. That run included a Group I state title in 2008 and a Group II state title in 2012. In both seasons, Chatham advanced to the Tournament of Champions title game before losing to Moorestown’s powerhouse program.

Chatham earned three Morris County Tournament titles in five years under Marriott’s guidance. That included the 2012 MCT title in a come-from-behind 13-12 triumph over Mendham.

Deb Marriott coached Chatham to three Morris County Tournament titles and two state group titles in her seven season as the Cougars coach. (Photo by Mark Kitchin)

Despite the T of C final loss, Marriott helped Chatham to one of the program’s best seasons ever. Last spring, the Cougars finished at 23-3 with its only other losses coming to Ridgewood and St. Anthony’s (Long Island). After a 2-2 start, the Cougars captured 21 consecutive games before falling in the title contest. The Tournament of Champions final was a memorable one. Chatham rallied from a 12-4 deficit in the final 12:33 before falling short by a 12-11 score.

Chatham Athletic Director Billy Librera said the resignation occurred some time in July. No specific reason was given for her decision. Marriott’s daughter Brittany, a starting midfielder, was among Chatham’s sizable senior class which included All-Americans Jaclyn Leto and Kelsey Perselay, that will be moving on to the college ranks. Leto, who scored 112 goals and 48 assists, is set to attend Dartmouth University and Perselay, who scored 76 goals and 27 assists, will attend Georgetown University in the fall.

Librera said the position has been announced in-house and will soon be posted for out-of-district applicants. There is currently no timetable for hiring a new coach for the spring sport.


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Mark Kitchin is a boys varsity basketball writer for the Morris County New Jersey area

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