Kenneth Maroney
Kenneth Maroney
Title: 2002 Inductee (Basketball 19481951/ Assistant Basketball Coach 1957-1961)

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has named former University of Corpus Christi Basketball and Baseball player, Kenneth Maroney, as its 2002 inductee into the Athletic Hall of Honor. 

Maroney was born in Ben Franklin, Texas in 1929.  He made his way to Corpus Christi in the late 1940’s. 

Maroney was a member of the University of Corpus Christi Basketball and Baseball teams from 1948-1951.  He graduated from University of Corpus Christi in 1951 with a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Education and English as well as a minor in Speech.  After a successful career in the classroom and on the court at UCC, he joined the United States Air Force and served from 1952-1956.  While serving our country he earned a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Texas (1956).  Maroney earned his Ed.D. in Counseling and Professional Administration from North Texas State University in 1962.

Maroney migrated back to South Texas upon completion of his Master’s Degree and military service.  His first experience in the classroom came as a Junior High teacher at South Park Junior High from 1956-1957.  In 1957 he began a career at then the University of Corpus Christi that would evolve into many leadership roles including serving as the University’s president (1969-1973).  His career has spanned 45 years and counting.  In a 16-year period from 1957-1973, Maroney served in many different administrative roles including:  Dean of Men, Dean of Students, Academic Dean, Assistant Basketball Coach, and Director of Student Personnel.  His professional experience has spread beyond South Texas.  He was active in the Professional Staff NDEA Counseling and Guidance Institute at North Texas in the summer of 1963 and 1964.  Additionally, he served as a consultant for the United States Office of Education from 1965-1967 on the issue of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

As a player, coach, and University president, Ken Maroney has influenced college athletics on Ward Island at every level.  He was a member of the celebrated 1949-1950 UCC Tarpon Basketball team ended the season with an incredible 25-1 record including wins over then NCAA powerhouses Oklahoma City University and Southwest Texas State University.  Many of the former athletes coached by Maroney considered him family rather than a coach.  One can’t spend much time talking sports around him before you hear a story about a ‘young man’ that he once coached.  During his presidency, Maroney was instrumental in landing UCC in the NCAA ranks in 1970, which is the equivalent to NCAA Division I membership today.  

Maroney’s professional activities and membership of professional, civic, and community organizations are too long to list.  He is probably most proud of his role in converting UCC into a state university and the leadership role he has provided in developing school counselors throughout the educational ranks in South Texas.  Several articles authored by Maroney from 1965-1975 were published on topics such as “Building a Better Self Concept”, “A Procedure for stating Counseling Goals and Objectives”, and "Effectiveness of Short Term Group Guidance with a Group of Transfer Students admitted on Academic Probation”.

Maroney and his brother Robert remain very active with the Islander Athletic Department.  Both are Men’s and Women’s Basketball season ticket holders and Tarpon Foundation donors.  Ken can be seen either on campus or at the Memorial Coliseum with his notorious tan felt Cowboy Hat.  A few minutes in his office and one will undoubtedly come to know him as a fishing enthusiast and a family man.  

Maroney and his wife Betty Burney Maroney, who graduated from UCC as well reside in Corpus Christi and are the parents of two sons, Mark and David and four grandchildren.