RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Rob DeCarlo Jr. of Saddle Brook has resigned as the head coach of women's and men's cross-country and women's track & field at Felician University, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today.
DiNallo has appointed James Pipkins II of West New York as Felician's interim women's track & field coach.
DeCarlo served three seasons leading the Golden Falcon cross-country programs and two at the helm of the track & field squad. In cross-country, he guided the Felician men to a high finish of seventh and the women to a high of 11th place in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Championship race. His 2016 track & field squad was a school-record ninth in the CACC meet.
Combined in the three sports, DeCarlo coached three All-CACC and 12 Academic All-CACC athletes, including two-time CoSIDA Academic All-America Mike Secreti.
Pipkins becomes the third track & field coach in the four-year history of the Golden Falcons' program. Felician sponsors the sport at the varsity level only for women and only in the outdoor (spring) season. Pipkins spent the last two seasons as a multi-event assistant under DeCarlo with the Golden Falcons.
In October 2017, Pipkins became Felician's first department-wide strength & conditioning coach, fulfilling an NCAA Division II mandate. AN NFPT-certified personal trainer, he is the owner of Stride Performance Athletics. Pipkins was formerly the president and head coach of the REAL Track & Field Club of the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
Pipkins attended the University of Iowa and was a starter for the football team. He earned varsity letters from the Hawkeyes in 1987 and 1988.
Felician track & field begins its 2018 season at the Monmouth University Season Opener on Mar. 23 and 24.
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.