RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Andrew Toriello of Rutherford has resigned as the head women's bowling coach at Felician University, and Taylor Strothmann of Maywood has been appointed to that position, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today.
Toriello was the Golden Falcons' inaugural coach, guiding Felician to a dual-match won-lost record of 200-205 over four years. His teams finished third in the East Coast Conference (ECC) Championship tournament in both 2016 and 2017. During the 2016-17 campaign, the Golden Falcons posted a 13-match win streak en route to a 59-41 record.
Toriello's Felician squads became well known for their academic exploits. The 2016-17 Golden Falcons led the NCAA in team grade-point average. Under Toriello's watch, Felician won the ECC Academic Team of Excellence Award and the NJAIAW Winter Team Academic Award three times each. The Golden Falcons accumulated 36 Academic All-NTCA honorees, 30 bowlers listed on the ECC Commissioner's Honor Roll, and eight inductees into the Chi Alpha Sigma College Athlete Honor Society.
Toriello has been a full-time employee of the Felician athletics department for the last three years. In January, he accepted a promotion to associate athletics director and NCAA compliance officer, with the knowledge that impending NCAA legislation would force him to resign as the bowling coach.
"Andrew has made a professional choice to enhance his role as an administrator in our department," DiNallo said. "NCAA rules make it such that he must now pass the coaching torch. I'm grateful to his service and commitment to our student-athletes. At the same time, I welcome Taylor Strothmann to our Golden Falcons family."
Strothmann (STROT-mann) served as a volunteer assistant for Toriello with Felician for the 2017-18 season. She was a four-year starter at Kutztown University, earning First-Team all-ECC honors as a senior in 2015-16. During that season, she was named to four all-tournament teams.
Strothmann earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Kutztown in 2016 and an M.A. in child and adolescent clinical psychology from Montclair State University in 2018. She is pursuing a certification in sports and exercise psychology from Seton Hall University.
"It will be difficult to leave a sport that I love," Toriello said. "However, I am certain that Taylor will have a great and immediate impact on the program. She is coming in with high intensity, and is determined to bring this program further than it has ever gone."
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.