RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Felician University has dropped the 'interim' tag from the title of softball coach Alexis Durando of Lake Hopatcong and named her the permanent head coach of that program, Felician director of athletics Ben Dinallo Jr. announced today.
After one season as an assistant coach with Felician, Durando was tapped as the Golden Falcons' interim head coach last September. She guided the 2017 squad to a 22-27 overall won-lost record and the program's third consecutive Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference playoff berth. The 22 victories were the most for Felician since 2006.
"We are very happy to promote Alexis to the permanent status of head softball coach," DiNallo said. "She has established herself within our department, and made a great impression on all of our staff and upon her student-athletes."
Durando is the sixth coach in Felician softball history.
After earning all-state honors at Immaculate Heart Academy of Washington Township and playing for the NJ Hei$t club program, Durando was a four-year letterwinner at Rutgers University. As a senior at Rutgers, she was elected the all-American Athletic Conference (AAC) Second Team first baseman and to the AAC All-Tournament Team.
A four-year Big East Conference/AAC All-Academic selection, Durando earned a B.S. in exercise science and sport studies from Rutgers in 2014. That summer and fall, she served as an 18U assistant coach with NJ Hei$t.
Felician is a member of NCAA Division II.
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.