RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Brian Reynolds of Clifton and Brian Taylor of Waldwick have been named assistant women's and men's cross-country coaches at Felician University, Felician head coach Rob DeCarlo Jr. announced today. Both men are taking on their first collegiate coaching positions.
Reynolds has been a competitive runner for four years, now concentrating on the half-marathon and marathon. He has quickly become one of the fastest distance-running amputees in the United States. He is a candidate for an MPH and MBA at Benedictine University. Prior to enrolling in graduate school, Reynolds worked as a wound care assistant at Hackensack University Medical Center.
Reynolds is a 2010 graduate of Saint Anselm College, where he founded the powerlifting team. During his collegiate career, he attended a study abroad semester at Stirling University in Stirling, Scotland, and participated in equestrian. Since 2011, he has volunteered at Massachusetts Hospital School, encouraging patients to disregard life's obstacles and life full lives.
"Brian Reynolds is no stranger to meeting challenges head-on," DeCarlo said. "He also has the scientific and medical background to help us develop individualized training plans for each athlete. He will help our student-athletes reach their potential and the team realize its goals."
Taylor joins the Golden Falcons directly off of his career as a cross-country and track & field student-athlete at Kutztown University. He earned a B.A. in history from Kutztown. He is a former lifeguard and assistant manager at the Waldwick Municipal Pool.
"I have a long-standing relationship with Brian Taylor as his former coach and teacher at Don Bosco Prep," DeCarlo said. "His eagerness to learn, willingness to help, and enthusiasm to develop as a college coach have us very excited for the season."
Both Felician cross-country teams begin the 2017 campaign on Friday evening at the Ramapo College Season Opener in Flemington. This year marks the 18th varsity intercollegiate campaign for the Golden Falcons, including the third under DeCarlo.
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 2,100 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.