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Marcella Zalot begins her 11th year as the Harold Alfond Director of Athletics in the 2012-13 academic year. She arrived on Mayflower Hill in 1997 to serve as associate athletics director and senior women's athletics administrator.
Zalot earned her bachelor's degree in economics from Smith College in 1987. While at Smith, she was a goalkeeper on the soccer team that went to the first-ever NCAA Division III women's soccer tournament and was a 1,000-point scorer and two-year captain in basketball. She still holds Smith records in career rebounds (957), single-season rebounds (315), and rebounds in a game (23). Zalot went on to earn her master's degree in sports management from the University of Massachusetts in 1990. While at UMass, she served as a graduate assistant coach in women's basketball.
Zalot served for three years as an eligibility representative for the National Collegiate Athletic Association in Overland Park, Kansas, analyzing and researching violations by NCAA member institutions to determine the status of involved student-athletes. She returned to the East Coast in 1992 as an assistant director of athletics at Harvard University with primary responsibility for compliance issues.
As Colby's Director of Athletics, Zalot is responsible for all aspects of the program including hiring and supervision of coaching staff, managing and enhancing Colby's state-of-the-art athletic facilities, and program development. Colby had its best two finishes ever in 2004 and 2005 in the Director's Cup standings.
Zalot has participated in numerous national, regional and all-campus initiatives. She is a member of the Women's Sports Foundation, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators, and the National Association of Division III Athletic Administrators.
Zalot also is active at Colby and her local community. She is a member of Colby's C-Club Executive Committee, the Alumni Council Athletics Committee, the Athletics Advisory Committee, and the Bicentennial Committee. Zalot volunteers her time coaching in local youth basketball and soccer league and in PTA activities at the Atwood and Williams School.
Zalot resides in Oakland, Maine, with her husband, Kevin Concaugh, and their children, Owen, 13, and Emma, 10.