RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University graduate Devon Young '11 has been elected to the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) Hall of Fame, CACC Commissioner Dan Mara recently announced.
The CACC Hall of Fame was established in 2015. Young, a men's basketball student-athlete from 2007-11, becomes its second Felician representative, joining the Golden Falcons' 2007 men's cross-country team.
More information is available at http://caccathletics.org/sports/General/94HOF. Past inductees into the CACC Hall of Fame can be viewed at http://caccathletics.org/Hall_of_Fame/Hall_of_Fame.
"It is an honor being inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame and representing Felician University," Young said. "I am grateful to the committee. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of my family, coaches and teammates."
Young remains one of Felician's most decorated and well-rounded student-athletes. The Golden Falcons' all-time leading men's basketball scorer with 1,958 points, he is a four-time all-Met Writers and three-time All-CACC honoree. He was voted the 2007-08 CACC Rookie of the Year, then bookended his career with a second-team all-region selection as a senior. Young captained the 2009-10 Golden Falcon squad that captured the program's only conference championship and was named Most Valuable Player of that year's CACC Tournament.
But Young was equally notable for his academic prowess and citizenship efforts. He completed a B.S. degree in accounting in 2011 with a grade-point average of 3.70. His trio each of Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards and CACC All-Academic certificates culminated in his being chosen a 2010-11 Second Team Academic All-America®, Felician's first male to earn that honor. Following Young's senior season he was also chosen Felician's Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the CACC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"Devon was a great player, but he was the rare individual who was also an exceptional student, an outstanding leader and an extraordinary person," said Dave DeFerrari, the Golden Falcons' head coach for Young's final two seasons, including the CACC championship team. "He was a huge part of our success. It was an honor to coach him, and I can't think of anyone more deserving of enshrinement into the CACC Hall of Fame."
Young, 30, is a 2007 graduate of South Brunswick High School. He was inducted in the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame in 2017. He now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is the general manager for the youth basketball program Basketball Stars of New York. Young will be inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame during a to-be-determined on-campus event at Felician during the 2019-20 academic year.
Joining Young in the CACC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 are the 2005-06 Goldey-Beacom College men's golf team; Catherine Carr, Holy Family University women's basketball student-athlete from 2007-11; Ron Kornegay, Monmouth University men's basketball student-athlete from 1965-69; and Chrissy Woodruff, University of the Sciences women's cross-country student-athlete from 1999-2002.
"The Class of 2019 is an impressive group of individuals," said Commissioner Mara. "The CACC has a history filled with historic moments and these former student-athletes contributed to many of those. They helped to grow the CACC at both the NAIA and NCAA Division II levels. The current success the conference enjoys can be traced to their important efforts."
Felician University engages more than 2,400 undergraduate, graduate, and adult students through programs in Arts & Sciences, Business, Nursing, and Education. Universal Franciscan values of respect, social justice, and compassion form an inclusive foundation for transforming the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Felician University was ranked 3rd-best return on investment for private colleges in New Jersey in 2018 by the PayScale.com College ROI Report and is ranked the No. 1 safest college campus in the state by niche.com. Felician also sponsors 14 varsity intercollegiate sports that compete at the NCAA Division II level. To learn more about Felician University please visit www.felician.edu.