Name: Marmion Dambrino
Title: Director of Athletics and UIL Activities
Organization: Houston Independent School District
Marmion Dambrino made history in 2010 when she became the first female athletic director of the state’s largest school system and the seventh largest in the nation, the Houston Independent School District.
Ms. Dambrino oversees sports programs for boys and girls in 24 high schools and 43 middle schools, and the professional development and performance of more than 1,100 coaches, four assistant athletic directors, and 44 staff and facilities personnel and over 200 event staff.
Ms Dambrino received her Bachelors of Science from the University of Southern Mississippi and her Masters in Educational Administration from Prairie View A&M University.
Her leadership was honed in decades as a teacher, coach, associate principal, dean, and her deep involvement in local, state and national professional organizations – which have frequently honored her for her untiring service and dedication to supporting the role of athletics as an influential part of students’ development.
Realizing the critical function that sports and coaches serve, Ms. Dambrino has worked tirelessly in HISD to offer leadership development opportunities for administrators and coaches such leadership training courses. (LTC) in time management, risk management, legal issues, Title IX, and leadership strategies have helped build capacity within the athletic department district wide.
Ms. Dambrino believes strongly that professional organizations and the networking they provide are key to growth and advancement of athletics in individual school districts, whether small and rural or large and urban. Ms. Dambrino has been an active member of the Texas High School Athletic Directors Association for 13 years where she has served as vendor Chairperson, THSADA Basketball Committee Member, and served on the THSADA State Conference Planning Committee for conferences held in Brownsville, San Antonio, The Woodlands, League City, Arlington, Austin, Dallas, San Angelo and Houston. She was selected “Region 5 Athletic Administrator of the Year” by the Region V Athletic Directors of 59 school districts and “Woman of the Year” from the Houston Coaches Association during 2013. She received the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) State Award of Merit at the 2014 THSADA Conference and was selected by the Positive Coaches Alliance as a 2014 Development Zone Leadership Fellow and continues to serve on the PCA Women’s Leadership Council. Marmion was recently received the 2015 Prairie View Interscholastic League Coaches Association Meritorious Award for her outstanding support to the PVUILCA and Community. She has been an active committee member for the Texas Girls Coaches Association/University Interscholastic Leagues (UIL) Houston Sports Clinic and has served as Chairperson and host for this sports clinic. Ms. Dambrino also serves currently on the UIL Sports Officials Review Committee at the State level.
At the National Level, Ms Dambrino has served five years on the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association Endowment Committee and is the 1st Vice-Chair for this committee. She served one year on the NIAAA Strategic Planning Committee and Operations Sub-Committee. She has been featured on a NIAAA video distributed to Superintendents around the United States. She received her Certified Athletic Administrators (CAA) Certification in 2007 and the Distinction of Certified Master Athletic Administrator (CMAA) from the NIAAA in 2010. She has presented at National (NIAAA) Conferences and the National Interscholastic Spectator Sports Safety Summit (NCS4). Ms. Dambrino serves on the National Board of NCS4 and leads the State in Spectator Sports Safety Training.
She is an active member in the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association, Texas High School Athletic Directors Association, Texas Girls Coaches Association, Texas High School Coaches Association, Houston Coaches Association, Greater Houston Football Coaches Association, Lifetime PVUILCA member, National Federation of High Schools, and the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety NCS4.
We asked Marmion the following questions:
1.) What new initiatives have you implemented, or are planning to implement, in the next year? Due to an increase in attendance at sporting events, we plan to implement new traffic flows with assistance of our district police department. We are also planning on adding additional scanners at the gates to assist in getting patrons into the facilities
2.) What is one of the greatest challenges that you face in your current position? Funding for activities and new initiative
3.) What is one piece of advice you would give to others in the spectator sports safety and security industry? Make sure you have an emergency plan for all venues and campuses. Anything can happen at any time. Be prepared, stay calm, and keep the main thing the main thing - which is the safety of all involved at the event