Felician's Stephens Resigns; Kotynski Named Interim Men's Soccer Coach

Erik Kotynski (standing) will guide the Felician men's soccer team for the remainder of 2014. (Dave Schofield)
Erik Kotynski (standing) will guide the Felician men's soccer team for the remainder of 2014. (Dave Schofield)

RUTHERFORD, N.J.Roger Stephens has resigned as the head men's soccer coach at Felician College, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. DiNallo has appointed lead assistant Erik Kotynski of Lyndhurst as interim men's soccer coach for the remainder of the 2014 season.

"Coach Stephens was presented with another employment opportunity that he felt he couldn't pass up," DiNallo said. "We wish him well in all of his endeavors and thank him for his service to Felician."

Kotynski is a native of Lyndhurst and was an all-state player at Queen of Peace High School. He earned a BA in elementary education from Felician in 2002, and was a four-year letterwinner at midfielder. He was a starter on the 2001 Golden Falcon squad that won Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) and NAIA Region X championships.

Kotynski is the first graduate of Felician to coach the men's soccer team.

"I'd like to thank Coach Stephens for the opportunity to work with and learn from him over the past few seasons," Kotynski said. "I am hopeful that my experiences playing for and working with great coaches can help me build Felician men's soccer into a successful program again."

Prior to returning to his alma mater, Kotynski spent two seasons as an assistant at New Jersey City University. He is an assistant coach for Icon FC of the American Soccer League, and coaches and trains the Northern Valley Soccer Club in Old Tappan. He remains active as a player in the U.S. Adult Soccer Association.

Felician (0-7, 0-3 CACC) returns to action today, when it travels to Nyack College for a 4 p.m. CACC kickoff.

 

Felician College, the Franciscan College of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic college founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician College welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician College currently enrolls more than 2,100 students and offers more than 55 undergraduate and graduate programs, in the classroom and online, in the arts and sciences, business and management sciences, health sciences and teacher education. Felician College also sponsors 13 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II and National Collegiate levels.