Brown Names Heather Marini Quarterbacks Coach, Becomes First Division I Female Position Coach


Brown University Press Release

Providence, R.I. – Brown Football announced today that Heather Marini has been promoted to Quarterbacks Coach, becoming the first female position coach in Division I football. Marini joined the  football coaching staff in 2019 as the Bears’ Offensive Quality Control Assistant Coach.

“Heather has earned the coaching position,” said Brown head coach James Perry. “In one season with our program, Heather has done a great job for us.  She has proven through her efforts in the office every day with us in an off-the-field role that she’s ready to run the quarterback room.”

As a position coach in charge of quarterbacks, Marini will work with one of the most prolific offensive units in the nation and specifically with Brown’s talented quarterbacks group, led by senior First Team All-Ivy quarterback EJ Perry, who led the nation and set an Ivy League record for total offense in 2019 and was a finalist for the Bushnell Cup as the Ivy League Player of the Year.

Coach Perry has been a longtime advocate of promoting women into the college football coaching ranks.

“For the past three years, I’ve been fortunate to have three different women on my staffs, also including Phoebe Schecter and Sue Lizotte,” said Perry.  “Promoting Heather to our Quarterback Coach makes us a stronger program and I know she will be a pioneer in the expanding roles women have in collegiate football.”

Marini joined Brown’s coaching staff shortly after attending her first Women’s Careers in Football now held at the NFL combine. Prior to coaching at Brown, Marini worked with the New York Jets as a summer scouting specialist.

A native of Australia, Marini earned a Bachelor of Emergency Health from Monash University and a Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science at Deakin University. She worked with the Monash Warriors Gridiron Club as the head coach for three seasons and Quarterbacks Coach/Coaching Development for three years.

Marini also played competitively for Gridiron Victoria Women’s Tackle Football where she was the Rookie of the Year and First Team All-State, and Monash Warriors Women’s Gridiron, where she was the team’s offensive MVP, captain and quarterback.

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