RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University head women's basketball coach Steve Fagan of Howell was one of three Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference (CACC) coaches to attend the 2019 NCAA Division II Identity Workshop, held June 26-28 at the NCAA National Office in Indianapolis, Ind.
The NCAA Division II Identity Workshop is a professional development retreat for coaches featuring leadership training, best practices for community engagement opportunities, and training in social media, fundraising and risk management. This marked the fourth year of the workshop.
"It was an honor to represent Felician University and the CACC at this renowned NCAA workshop," Fagan said. "The three days represented a tremendous positive experience. I had a chance to bond with coaches from across the country representing various intercollegiate teams."
Fagan was joined at the event by fellow CACC coaches Rick Giannetti, head baseball coach at Dominican (N.Y.) College, and Shannon Padula, head softball coach at the University of the Sciences. Their names were submitted by the CACC office to the NCAA for determining participants in the workshop.
During the workshop, coaches were shown various resources that are available to DII coaches, were a part of discussions for academic and membership affairs and gave their input on NCAA policies and procedures.
"The NCAA and (Division II governance contractor) Jill Willson did an outstanding job creating an unbelievable experience for everyone involved," Fagan said. "They really showed how much they appreciated coaches and are willing to invest in them. I will always be truly thankful for this opportunity."
In addition to the training, the workshop included panels with industry professionals featuring Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II; Maritza Jones, managing director of Division II; Ryan Jones, associate director of Division II; Roberta Page, director, championships and alliances; and Justin Patton, a leadership coach. Various Division II athletics directors and coaches also presented.
Fagan is the first coach from Felician to attend the workshop. He is entering his 12th season with the Golden Falcons, and his second as chair of the CACC Women's Basketball Coaches' Committee.
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.