A little history was made in HISD last week.
For more than 20 years, Marmion Dambrino has spent countless hours impacting students and student-athletes in Houston ISD. On Friday, she reached the district’s top position in athletics.
Houston ISD named Dambrino its newest athletic director on Friday, making her the first female athletic director in the history of the district. She has worked in the district’s athletic department since 2005 and has been its Senior Athletic Program Administrator since 2007 under former athletic director Daryl Wade. Wade left on July 9 to become the director of the Astros’ Urban Youth Academy.
“It’s a dream come true,” Dambrino said. “It’s a true honor for me.”
Dambrino, 49, has been in HISD since 1988 and has served a myriad of roles from coaching to teaching to academic administration. She has coached in Aldine ISD and Houston ISD and has also served as a secondary assistant principal, associate principal and dean of students in HISD.
Dambrino said one of her primary goals is increasing athletics participation in the district as well as continuing to increase the number of scholarships the district’s student-athletes earn annually.
Wade said Dambrino is dedicated to the district.
“She eats and sleeps Houston ISD athletics,” Wade said. “She stays on the job 24-7. I felt all along that she was the best one for the job and I’m proud that the district took this step. She’s going to do what’s best for the district and right for the kids.”
Sounds like she’s a great fit for the job. As the story notes, three area ISDs also have female athletic directors, but Dambrino is the first for HISD. Congratulations!