Ben DiNallo Jr.
Ben DiNallo Jr.
Nickname: J.R.
Title: Director of Athletics
Phone: 201-559-3507
Email: DiNalloB@felician.edu

Ben “J.R.” DiNallo is the only person to have continuously served in the Felician athletics department for its entire existence. He was named director of athletics in February 2003, shortly after the program gained full membership in NCAA Division II.

Currently the treasurer of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), DiNallo also chairs the league's gender equity and hall of fame committees. He is the CACC executive committee supervisor for women's soccer, and the head coach of Felician's men's golf team.

DiNallo joined Felician as a part-time assistant coach for the first two years of the women’s basketball and softball programs, from 1996 to 1998. He was then promoted to the full-time position of assistant director of athletics/sports information director, head women’s basketball coach, and head coach of the brand-new women’s soccer team.

DiNallo coached the soccer team for five years, until his appointment as athletics director, posting a cumulative record of 49-38-4. His 2001 Golden Falcons set a school record with 14 victories and won the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference regular-season title. He was named CACC and NAIA Regional Coach of the Year.

In his first season of basketball, Felician went 19-12, setting a school record for wins that still stands. He resigned in 2005 to concentrate on his administrative duties, but was named interim head coach in the spring of 2007 and returned for the 2007-08 season. He has 91 career victories.

DiNallo became the Golden Falcons’ inaugural golf coach in 2005.

Prior to joining Felician, DiNallo coached girls’ soccer and basketball at Immaculate Heart Academy, Academy of the Holy Angels, and Emerson High. He had a .624 winning percentage as a high school head soccer coach, and won the 1990 Ridgewood News Suburban Coach of the Year Award. A graduate of Hackensack High and the Columbia School of Broadcasting, DiNallo lives in River Edge with his wife, Valerie, and sons Brian, Michael, and Luke.