Alumni Spotlight - Ariel Marsh

Alumni Spotlight - Ariel Marsh

Name: Ariel Marsh
Sport: Women’s Basketball
Year(s) at Citrus: 2010-2011
Honors earned while at Citrus: 1st team All-Western State Conference South Division
Holds Citrus Program records for the following:
Individual Single Season Scoring Average: 21.6 ppg
Individual Total Points in a Season: 582
Individual 3-Points Made in a Season: 66
Individual 3-Point Percentage in a Season: 40.4%
Individual Total FT Made in a Season: 142
Individual Free-Throw Percentage in a Season: 82.1%
Individual Single Conference Season Scoring Average: 22.3 ppg
Individual 3-Point Percentage in a Conference Season: 42%
Most Points in a Game: 43
Most 3-Points Made in a Game: 6
Most Free-Throws Made in a Game: 14 

Where are they now?: After leaving Citrus College in 2011, Ariel Marsh matriculated to California Polytechnic University, Pomona, where she played three more seasons for the NCAA DII Broncos. Marsh finished her career on the court as the program’s record holder for career free-throw percentage (85%), second in 3-pointers made (169), and as a member of their 1,000 point club. More remarkably we’re the academic honors bestowed up her while she was there. All three seasons, Marsh was named a D2 ADA Academic Achievement Award honoree. As a junior and a senior, Marsh also earned NCAA DII Academic All-American, and a CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree. It all culminated in early June when she was named the California Collegiate Athletic Association Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the 2014-2015 academic year.  Marsh earned her BA in Communications and Public Relations after her sophomore season and went on to earn her MS in Regenerative Studies, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She was a President’s List honoree every year at Cal Poly, and was a six time member of the Dean’s List.

Upon graduation, Ariel accepted a fellowship to work with B Lab who is a global leader in impact measurement. B Lab is helping to accelerate the movement of using business as a force for good.  This is achieved through providing a comprehensive assessment that allows businesses to measure their practices related to their workers, community, governance, environment and business model.  Businesses are able to compare themselves to others and gain access to best practices to guide improvements.  Ariel is working specifically with the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) to invite all businesses in NYC to begin measuring their impacts beyond the financial bottom line. Measuring and managing social and environmental impacts will mean more resilient businesses, better jobs, and higher quality of life for all New Yorkers. 

What brought you to Citrus?
Coming out of High School, I didn’t have the basketball opportunities that I had hoped for. I went to Citrus to improve my standing and become a better all around, player, person, and student so that I would have that opportunity to play at the next level. When I sat down with Coach Tamara McDonald, I walked out of the meeting she was unbelievable. Everything she talked to me about, was in line with the goals and dreams that I had. I felt like she could help me uncover things I didn’t even know about myself.

How would you describe your Citrus experience?
I really had an amazing time at Citrus, because it was such a time of personal growth for me. I had the chance to play with people of different backgrounds, different experiences, and different mindsets. It really opened up my world view. Learning from my teammates and coach, it really changed my life. I enjoyed my classes, and overall it was a very good experience. I loved my year at Citrus. It was great on so many levels. It was great on a basketball level because of my teammates and coach. It was great on an academic level because the classes were high quality, and because of the resources that were available to me.

How did your time at Citrus help prepare you for the four-year level?
I think being at Citrus really gave me a new perspective. It taught me how to successfully work with a wide variety of people. Because I was working with a broad spectrum of individuals, it taught me how to be a leader and lead different types. It allowed me to learn leadership skills and prepared me for the next level. There were lots of times when I was at Cal Poly Pomona and I would encounter a situation where I would think back and remember a similar experience at Citrus. It helped me be a better communicator and helped me make that next step.

If you had to sum up Citrus in one word what would it be and why?
Foundational. It was my break between high school and the four-year level. It really shaped the way I approach basketball and classroom and it helped pave the way.

If someone asked you if they should attend Citrus and play a sport, what would you tell them and why?
I would tell them that it’s a good junior college for them if there are willing to be pushed and have their prospective broadened. They’re going to be held accountable and expected to excel academically. At certain places there could be an emphasis on playing and not learning, but at Citrus it’s not that way. It’s a great opportunity to be around a staff and other student-athletes who are going to be supportive and help you reach your academic goals. It will give you a chance to develop into the person you want to be outside of school. It prepared me for many different options outside of athletics. It provided me a platform to be successful on many different levels.