Ben “J.R.” DiNallo became the Golden Falcons’ inaugural coach of men's golf in 2005. The team set a school record by finishing second in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship in 2016.
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.
DiNallo has sent three individual golfers to the NCAA Regionals, Joe Leardo in 2010 and 2011 and Andrew Geesey in 2016. Geesey also won the 2016 CACC individual championship. Joe Peters earned all-CACC honors in 2007. The Golden Falcons have also claimed five CACC Team Sportsmanship Awards and 14 league All-Academic honorees under DiNallo's watch.
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 served until the end of the 2007-08 season. He has 91 career victories.
Administratively, DiNallo is a member of the CACC championships committee, and its executive committee supervisor for women's soccer.
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 three sons.
last updated 2/7/17