RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician College interim men's soccer coach Erik Kotynski of Lyndhurst has been named that sport's permanent head coach, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today.
Kotynski served as the interim head coach for the final 16 matches of the Golden Falcons' 2014 campaign following the resignation of Roger Stephens. He earned his first career victory when Felician defeated Nyack College, 4-3, in overtime on Sept. 24 in Nyack, N.Y.
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 joins Andrew Toriello of women's bowling as Felician head coaches who are alumni of the College.
"I'm very happy to promote Erik to the position of head men's soccer coach," DiNallo said. "His work has been excellent as an assistant and as interim head coach, and he has earned this opportunity. I look forward to his having success in the years to come."
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 with the Northern Valley Soccer Club in Old Tappan.
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.