RUTHERFORD, N.J. – John Brennan of Clark has been named the first head coach of the Felician College women's outdoor track & field team, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. DiNallo and Brennan also released that Sebastian Powell of West Orange will be that program's lead assistant coach.
Women's outdoor track & field will debut at Felician in spring 2015. It is one of three women's sports that will be added to the Golden Falcons' varsity intercollegiate offerings in the 2014-15 academic year, joining bowling and lacrosse.
Brennan and Powell have guided the Felician women's and men's cross-country teams since 2002, building the men's squad into a dynasty in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC). Brennan, a six-time CACC Men's Coach of the Year, has been the head coach for seven of the Golden Falcons' nine CACC team championships on the men's side, including five in a row from 2004-08.
Brennan has coached six conference cross-country Runners of the Year (two women, four men) and 68 all-league performers. He was a Felician assistant when the Golden Falcon men won the conference championship in 2000 and 2001 and claimed the Runner of the Year each season.
Brennan earned a BA in history in 1994 and an MA in administration and supervision in 2000 from Montclair State University. He is the principal of Hardyston Elementary School in Franklin.
Powell has been Brennan's cross-country assistant at Felician for the last 12 years. During part of that period, he also served as the head indoor and outdoor boys' track & field coach at Verona High School, winning six state sectional championships.
Powell graduated from Rutgers University in 1996 with a double major in political science and African studies. In 2007, he completed an MA in education administration and supervision from Montclair State. He is the principal of elementary schools in the Belvidere school district.
Felician College is a member of NCAA Division II.