Mollie Marcoux, the executive director of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, was hired as the director of athletics at Princeton University, her alma mater.

Marcoux has served at Chelsea Piers Management since Chelsea Piers, New York, opened in 1995. She was announced as the new director of athletics during a press conference on April 15 in Princeton, NJ.

"Chelsea Piers is an industry leader in youth and amateur sports programming, and I am very proud to have been a part of this exceptional company for close to 19 years," Marcoux said in a statement. "All that I have learned during my long tenure at Chelsea Piers has prepared me for the challenges ahead, and I look forward to utilizing my experiences to help continue the tradition of athletic and academic excellence at Princeton."

Marcoux was an All-Ivy League ice hockey and soccer player at Princeton before she graduated cum laude in 1991. She replaces Gary Walters, who announced his retirement after 20 years as athletic director. Marcoux is the first woman to hold the post at the university. She begins her new role Aug. 4.

Marcoux was the first director of summer camp at Chelsea Piers. Between 1998 and 2000, Marcoux was the first general manager of Pier Sixty and The Lighthouse, the company's two event centers. Marcoux then spent two years as the first vice president of new business development before taking over operations of the Field House, where she served as first vice president and general manager from 2002 through 2011.

"We couldn't be happier for Mollie," David A. Tewksbury, president of Chelsea Piers Connecticut, said in a statement. "Mollie has grown up with us at Chelsea Piers and played a huge role in many of our businesses. Her relentless pursuit of excellence, business building talent and management skills combined with her athletic background and passion for Princeton will lead to a great future for Princeton athletics."

The 400,000-square-foot Chelsea Piers Connecticut facility opened in July 2012. In March, Chelsea Piers Connecticut announced a 65,000-square-foot expansion for a health and fitness facility called CP-AC Fitness, set to open this fall.