Felician Hall-of-Famer Earns CACC Coaching Award

(Tiffany Sanders; courtesy GCULions.com)
(Tiffany Sanders; courtesy GCULions.com)

RUTHERFORD, N.J.Nicole Degenhardt, a member of the Felician University Athletics Hall of Fame, has been named the 2018 Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Softball Coach of the Year. The voting was performed by the CACC's 14 sports information directors, with the results released on Tuesday.

Degenhardt is in her third year as the head coach of Georgian Court University. The No. 3 seed Lions will meet No. 6 seed Felician in the first round of the CACC Championship tournament on Thursday at noon on the GCU Campus in Lakewood, N.J.

Degenhardt guided Georgian Court from an 11th-place finish in the CACC and a 14-30 overall record in 2017 to a current 28-21 mark and third-place result this season. She has a three-year record with the Lions of 49-90.

Degenhardt is a 2011 graduate of Felician with a B.S. in mathematics education. She was a four-year starter in both volleyball and softball for the Golden Falcons and still holds all three Felician volleyball assist records (match, season, career). She was an all-CACC selection in both sports.

Degenhardt was the North Eastern Athletic Conference women's basketball coach of the year in 2012 for the College of Saint Elizabeth.

More information is available at www.caccathletics.org/sports/sball/2017-18/releases/51AllCACC and www.gculions.com/news/2018/5/1/degenhardt-named-2018-cacc-softball-coach-of-the-year-after-leading-lions-back-into-postseason.aspx.


Felician University, the Franciscan University of New Jersey, is a liberal arts, coeducational Catholic university founded in 1942 and sponsored by the Felician Sisters. True to its mission, Felician University welcomes a diverse student population and embraces its educational needs. With campuses in Lodi and Rutherford, New Jersey, Felician University currently enrolls more than 2,400 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 University also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level.