August 20, 2010 – HISD Superintendent Dr. Terry B. Grier today named Marmion Dambrino as the new Athletic Director for the Houston Independent School District. Dambrino is the first woman to serve as Director of Athletics in the history of the district.
“I’m elated, excited, and looking forward to the opportunity to serve not only the students of HISD but the community as well,” said Dambrino. “At the end of the day it does not matter if it’s a man or woman but who does the job and who does it well.”
Dambrino previously served as HISD Senior Athletic Program Administrator. She has worked with HISD for 22 years serving as Dean of Students, Associate Principal, Assistant Principal, School Administrator and Teacher at the middle and high school levels.
“Ms. Dambrino has the experience, creativity and passion that we were seeking,” said Dr. Grier. “She has served HISD well and I am confident that she will do a great job as HISD’s new Athletic Director.”
In her new role, one of Dambrino’s goals is to increase student interest in sports.
“We want to increase student participation at all levels because we know that when students are engaged in sports they are more likely to stay in school and succeed,” said Dambrino.
Dambrino received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Southern Mississippi and a Masters of Education from Prairie View A&M University.
During her career, she has also coached girls basketball, volleyball and track, as well as boys and girls swimming.
Dambrino replaces Daryl Wade who left the district to accept a position with the Houston Astros.
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 297 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.
For more information, visit the HISD Web site at www.houstonisd.org.