January 11, 2012

Roger Stephens Named Men's Soccer Coach

RUTHERFORD, N.J.Roger Stephens of Newton been named the head men's soccer coach at Felician College, Felician director of athletics Ben DiNallo Jr. announced today. Stephens comes to Felician after a successful 21-year career as the head coach at the County College of Morris in Randolph.

In two stints at Morris (1985-90, 1997-2011), Stephens posted a won-lost-tied record of 244-102-17 (.696). His teams reached the NJCAA Region XIX finals on six occasions, including three championships. Stephens guided the Titans to two national quarterfinal appearances, including a national semifinal in 2008, when they finished third.

Stephens won four regional Coach-of-the-Year awards while at CCM. He coached 13 All-Americans and five regional Players of the Year, and his teams were recognized as NSCAA "Top 15 JuCo Division III Programs" on six occasions.

Stephens owns a USSF 'A' coaching license and an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma. He is a longtime coach with the New Jersey Rangers club, currently leading the U-17 Atlas. Prior to CCM, he was the head coach at Mount Olive High of Flanders.

At Felician, Stephens is the fifth head coach in program history. He replaces Simon Nee, who resigned after two seasons.

"This is a great opportunity for me to continue to build on the solid foundation Simon Nee has developed," Stephens said. "I am thankful to Mr. DiNallo for providing that. Our focus will be not only to replicate and exceed the kinds of success we had at Morris, but more importantly to have a positive impact on these young men so that they can be successful in their personal, spiritual and professional lives."

Stephens is a 1975 graduate of Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), receiving a BS in health and physical education. He was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Lions, and was a member of their 1974 squad that won the NJAC championship and reached the NCAA national quarterfinals. He earned an M:Ed in athletic administration from Trenton State in 1978. He is the supervisor of the health and physical education department at Mount Olive High.

Felician, a member of NCAA Division II, is coming off a 10-10 overall won-lost record in 2011 and an appearance in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference semifinals. The 10 victories were the most for the program since 2002.