Ben “J.R.” DiNallo is the only person to have continuously served in the Felician athletics department for its entire existence. He was named director of athletics in February 2003, shortly after the program gained full membership in NCAA Division II, and has overseen the expansion of the athletics department from 10 to 14 sports and from approximately 150 to 270 student-athletes.
DiNallo serves on the championships committee of the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC), and is the league's executive committee supervisor for women's soccer. He has previously served the CACC as its vice president and treasurer, and as the chair of its gender equity and hall of fame committees. DiNallo is also a past member of several NCAA Division II East Region Advisory Committees.
DiNallo recently concluded a coaching career at Felician that spanned four sports and 23 years. He was the head coach of three teams, twice leading two simultaneously. He joined Felician as a part-time assistant for the first two years of the women’s basketball and softball programs, from 1996 to 1998. He was then promoted to the full-time position of assistant director of athletics/sports information director, head women’s basketball coach, and head coach of the brand-new women’s soccer team.
DiNallo led the soccer program for five years -- until his appointment as athletics director -- posting a cumulative record of 49-38-4. His 2001 Golden Falcons set a school record with 14 victories and won the CACC regular-season title. He was named CACC and NAIA Regional Coach of the Year. That squad was inducted into the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame in 2019.
During DiNallo's first season of basketball, Felician went 19-12, setting a school record for wins that still stands. He resigned in 2005 to concentrate on his administrative duties, but was named interim head coach in the spring of 2007 and returned for the 2007-08 season. He has 91 career victories.
DiNallo became the Golden Falcons’ inaugural men's golf coach in 2005. His 2015-16 squad set a school record by finishing second in the CACC Championship tournament, and saw senior Andrew Geesey win the individual crown. He sent three indivdiual golfers to the NCAA Regionals and coached teams that claimed seven CACC Team Sportsmanship Awards before stepping down following the 2018-19 campaign.
In October 2017, DiNallo was inducted into the Immaculate Conception High School of Lodi Hall of Fame. He serves on the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame Committee among several internal committees and organizations. An accomplished play-by-play broadcaster, DiNallo has called several league championship tournaments on the CACC Network, and often fills in on the headphones on Golden Falcon home games.
Prior to joining Felician, DiNallo coached girls’ soccer and basketball at Immaculate Heart Academy, Academy of the Holy Angels, and Emerson High. He had a .624 winning percentage as a high school head soccer coach, and won the 1990 Ridgewood News Suburban Coach of the Year Award. A graduate of Hackensack High and the Columbia School of Broadcasting, DiNallo lives in River Edge with his wife, Valerie, and sons Brian, Michael, and Luke.
last updated 8/19/19