Saint Peter’s University announced Bryan Felt as the ninth Director of Athletics on Monday, Sept. 4. Felt was also formally introduced at a press conference in Dineen Hall of the McIntyre Conference Center on Thursday, Sept. 7. His first official day took place a few days later on Thursday, Sept. 21.
“I was not only flattered… I just can’t tell you how excited I was,” said Felt. “The school did a really thorough process. To be the one standing at the finish line was pretty exciting for me, and I’m still excited to this day.”
Felt started his career as Communications major at Seton Hall University. He was inspired to take on this route after gaining broadcast experience in high school, where the school provided students with their own news station.
“I got to do anchor work. I got to do reporting. I got to do all the camera stuff and I just kind of fell in love with it,” Felt said. “[But] you know, it’s funny. I wanted to be in front of the camera for the longest time and then I fell in love with everything behind the camera. I was fortunate to do it for awhile.”
After graduating from college, the New Jersey native was immediately offered a full-time job by MSNBC, trying his hand at producing. He then found himself back at his alma mater to pursue an M.A. in Public Communications.
“I’ll be the first to admit that a Master’s really wasn’t in my plans,” said Felt. “But then life changed and I found myself at Seton Hall working. I got a lot of management skills out of it and it provided me with a lot.”
In 2001, Felt returned to his alma mater again to work on Seton Hall funding with their University Advancement Department. A few years later, in 2004, he moved over to the Department of Athletics as Executive Director and was in charge of athletic funding where the department reached record totals each year.
Under Felt, the Seton Hall Pirates opened a new athletic department and two capital campaigns that resulted in over $40 million worth of athletic facility improvements: an academic, sports medicine, strength and conditioning centers, and film and locker rooms for every program.
Felt has spent the last seven years as a senior administrator in Seton Hall’s athletic department in charge of external affairs such as fundraising, sports communications, tickets, digital media and marketing as well as creating partnerships with other corporations and supervising the Pirates softball program.
Moreover, Seton Hall snatched six Big East championships and advanced in the NCAA Tournament nine times; the men’s basketball program won the Big East in 2016 while the women’s basketball program had back-to-back appearances in 2016 and 2017.
“I believe that we can be [as] successful,” he said confidently. “I have no questions about that. I’ve seen a lot of investment from the university and their willingness to invest. Without question, the conference landscape is a great conference, but it’s a conference we can compete in and a conference we can win championships in.”
His 16 years with Seton Hall made the biggest impact on him; helping him grow and become the person who he is today. The family atmosphere that surrounded his alma mater is something he found familiar when first being introduced to Saint Peter’s.
Felt has high hopes for Saint Peter’s and its programs, already recognizing the kind of impact the school has done for its students and athletes.
“For me, bettering the student athlete experience is at the top of the list,” said Felt. “At the end of the day, my vision is to make sure that the Saint Peter’s Athletic Department is something that the Saint Peter’s community can be proud of every single day and represents this place in the best light possible.”