RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rob DeCarlo of Saddle Brook has been named the head coach of women's and men's cross-country and women's track & field at Felician College, Felician athletics director Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. DeCarlo enters his first collegiate coaching position.
DeCarlo becomes the third cross-country coach and second track & field coach at Felician. He replaces John Brennan in both positions. Brennan captured seven Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference men's cross-country championships in a 13-year tenure.
"I am very grateful and excited for the opportunity to begin working with the Felician College programs," DeCarlo said. "It has long been my ambition to apply what I have learned from working with so many great coaches and athletes to a collegiate program. I am confident that I can continue the tradition of success established by Coach Brennan and his staff, and that we can build upon those achievements as we reach for even greater success."
DeCarlo was the head indoor and outdoor boys' track & field coach at Don Bosco Preparatory High School from 2002-2013. His teams won five NJSIAA Non-Public 'A' State Championships, including three consecutively in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and claimed more than 50 all-Americans. His spring 2011 squad was invited to the Nike National Track Championships and finished eighth in the country.
DeCarlo was named Star-Ledger New Jersey "Coach of the Year" in 2011 and Bergen County Coach of the Year in 2005-06 and 2006-07. He was also named North Jersey "Coach of the Decade" by Paul Schwartz of The Record in June 2010.
DeCarlo was the assistant cross-country coach for the Ironmen for 11 years. He taught literature, journalism, creative writing, and public speaking at Don Bosco Prep from 2002-2013. A 1995 graduate of Park Ridge High School, DeCarlo earned a BA in English from Montclair State University in 2000. He began his coaching career at Northern Valley Regional High at Old Tappan in 1999 before accepting a teaching position at Don Bosco.
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.