RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two former Felician University student-athletes will join one of the Golden Falcons' most successful teams in being inducted into the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame on Thursday, September 28, 2017. The Hall of Fame, a joint venture of the department of athletics and the office of alumni relations, will honor its fifth class of inductees as part of the University's Homecoming Weekend.
The individuals being honored both completed their bachelor's degrees in 2011 – two-sport standout Nicole Degenhardt and highly-decorated men's basketball star Devon T. Young. They will be inducted alongside Felician's 2007 men's cross-country team. The 2017 class swells the membership in the Felician Athletics Hall of Fame to 15 individuals (12 athletes, two contributors, one coach) and two teams.
"Our fifth Hall of Fame class honors a group of individuals who brought great distinction to our University," said Felician University President Dr. Anne M. Prisco. "Our alumni, staff, and current student-athletes can be proud to be represented by them."
Degenhardt came to Felician from Secaucus High School with impressive credentials. With the Golden Falcons, she excelled in volleyball and softball, earning all-Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference honors in both sports. She was Felician's first all-CACC volleyball player, and is the first athlete from that sport to enter its Hall of Fame. A setter, she is still the Golden Falcons' all-time leader in assists.
Degenhardt played shortstop and outfield for the softball team and was a .310 career hitter. A member of Felician's 100-hit club, she is among the program's all-time top 10 in runs scored, doubles, and slugging. As a fifth-year senior in 2010-11, Degenhardt tried out for the Felician women's basketball team, and made the squad as a walk-on despite not having played the sport since high school.
Young is arguably the top player produced by the men's basketball program. His CACC Rookie of the Year award in 2007-08 directly out of South Brunswick High was only a small sign of what was to come. Young went on to become a three-time All-CACC and four-time All-Met swingman, earning all-region honors as a senior. He was named tournament Most Valuable Player as the Golden Falcons captured their only CACC championship in 2010.
Young's 1,958 career points and 17.2 points per game are still Felician records. A Second-Team Academic All-American as a senior, he captured several other awards throughout his time in Rutherford. He capped his career by being named the 2011 Felician Senior Male Athlete of the Year and the CACC Scholar-Athlete of the Year. A native of Monmouth Junction, Young resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.
In fall 2007, Felician claimed its sixth CACC men's cross-country championship, and fourth consecutively. All seven of the Golden Falcons' entrants in the conference championship race earned all-CACC status, the first time that had happened in league history. Senior Paul Chegwidden, currently of Millburn, won the race with a then-meet record time, and was named CACC Runner of the Year. Freshman Jay Rodgers finished third and had CACC Rookie of the Year honors bestowed upon him, and Felician head coach John Brennan collected the CACC Coach of the Year award. The squad was inducted into the CACC Hall of Fame in 2016.
Felician team members in 2007 were seniors Mike Burghoffer, Jonathan Castro, Chegwidden, and Brian McDonnell; junior Alex Wright; sophomore Brad Schepise; and freshmen Dan Cugini, Chris Harvey, Brenden Krewer, Rodgers, and Huan Tran. Assisting Brennan on the coaching staff were Sebastian Powell and Pete O'Connor.
The Fifth Annual Felician University Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony will be held at The Fiesta in Wood-Ridge at 6 p.m. on September 28. Tickets are $70 each and can be purchased by contacting Mark Mentone, sports information director, at MentoneM@felician.edu or 201-559-3257. Program book advertisements and other sponsorship opportunities are also available.
The Hall of Fame Banquet will kick off Felician's Homecoming and Family Weekend. Several activities are scheduled on the Rutherford campus on Friday and Saturday, September 29-30, to celebrate all alumni classes and current students. Also on Saturday, the women's volleyball team hosts Holy Family University at 1 p.m. in Job Gymnasium, and the women's and men's soccer teams entertain Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University) at 5:30 and 8 p.m. at the Lyndhurst Recreation Complex.
Questions about Homecoming Weekend should be directed to Jimena Buitrago, Director of Alumni Relations, BuitragoJ@felician.edu.