Former College of Staten Island (CSI) Associate Athletic Director Jason Fein has been named the college’s new Director of Athletics. Fein, who has served in the acting director role since February 2006, emerged from a pool of national candidates to replace Dr. Harold Merritt, who left the school last year for a similar position at the University of Washington, DC.
As the Acting Director and now in his current capacity, Fein will oversee operations of CSI’s intercollegiate athletics and intramural programs, consisting of 13 varsity sports, and the Sports & Recreation Center facilities, including indoor and outdoor fields and services available to students and the community.
“After conducting a nationwide search, we are thrilled to have Jason appointed to this position,” said Dr. Carol Jackson, Vice President for Student Affairs. “Jason has shown the leadership, motivation, and dedication needed to serve in the best interests of our student-athletes, coaches, and the CSI community at large. We are pleased that everything has worked out this way, and are excited to be working alongside him.”
A member of the CSI staff for nearly a decade, Fein began as the school’s Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director in 1999. In 2002, he was elevated to Associate Director before accepting the Acting Director of Athletics position just over a year ago.
Prior to his endeavors at CSI, Fein served for three years as Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at his alma mater, Brooklyn College. After receiving his bachelor’s degree in athletic training and master’s degree in sports management, he helped to bring back the college’s intercollegiate Division III athletics program after the school had suspended its Division I program.
During his time at CSI, the Dolphins athletic programs have accounted for 23 CUNYAC Championships, and the school won its first and only CUNYAC Commissioner’s Cup, awarded for best overall athletic excellence, in 2001. Fein served as the school’s Head Women’s Volleyball Coach for two years (2003-2004) and was an assistant coach with the school’s Women’s Basketball program for two years as well (2003-3005). Fein has also played an instrumental role in organizing the annual CSI Alumni & Friends Golf Outing, as well as the CUNY Athletic Conference Goodwill Tour, which sends an all-star team overseas each summer for international competition.
“Obviously I am thrilled by the news,” said Fein. “It’s an honor to be given this opportunity to direct the program that has been such a huge part of my life for the past eight years. We have a great team here and I’m excited about the future.”
In July 2006, Fein was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with their Inaugural Rising Star Award, given annually to a trailblazer among sports information professionals. He also serves on the board of directors for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Sports Information Director’s Association (ECAC-SIDA), and is currently the organization’s first vice president. He envisions the CSI athletic program as being one of excellence regionally and nationally.
“I feel we’ve only scratched the surface as far as what we can accomplish as a program,” Fein said. “As we make the transition to a residential campus, we are excited by the opportunities to make CSI a more dynamic and renowned NCAA Division III program.”
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Fein currently resides in Dumont, New Jersey, with his wife, Cecilia, and son, Zachary.