Assistant Athletic Director finds ‘dream job’

By Nina Scimenes
March 25, 2004

Shawn Rice

Walking around Cabrini’s quaint campus at 10:30 p.m., the night before his interview, Jeff Farlardeau decided that this is where he wants to be. The campus reminds him of home in upstate N.Y., and he was impressed with the friendly atmosphere. “This is my dream job, and Cabrini is a right fit for me,” Falardeau said.

At the interview Falardeau expressed his enthusiasm for the position and impressed Athletic Director Lesley Danehy with his well rounded resume. Danehy was most overwhelmed with his experience as a student-athlete, and had worked with athletics on many levels. “He played Division III, worked Division I, coached Division III, and what seals the deal is his personality and disposition,” Danehy said.

Falardeau earned his B.A. degree in industrial labor relations at Potsdam State University in New York, while being on its Division III basketball and soccer teams. After graduating from Potsdam he went on to graduate school at Indiana State University and received his Masters in sports management.

Following graduation from Indian State, Falardeau worked at the University of Virginia for a full year in a coordinating position in the athletic department. UVA is where he demonstrated his skills in event management. UVA, being a Division I program, gave Falardeau an opportunity to help Cabrini grow to its full potential. “Athletics is a field of customer services and it’s important to impress whoever comes onto campus, whether it’s other teams or perspective students,” Falardeau said.

After only a year at UVA, Falardeau decided to leave and return back to his alma-mater Potsdam, and became the men’s assistant soccer coach. While coaching he did a lot of recruiting for the team, and contributed in the areas of event planning as well. He left UVA because he was on a search for a job that he would fall in love with, which ended up being Cabrini, and wants to continue working for as long as he can. “Five years down the road I’d like to see myself still here,” Falardeau said.

While at Cabrini, his job description consists of scheduling sporting events, organizing events and strategic planning. Lately, he has his work cut out for him rescheduling games due to the inclement weather. Falardeau has no limits to the amount of effort he gives Cabrini and its Athletic program. “I’m looking for a challenge, I wouldn’t mind if Leslie adds onto the job description,” Falardeau said.

The event staff at Cabrini has already been getting a lot of attention from Falardeau. Making Cabrini’s program be aesthetically pleasing is important to Falardeau. He plans to order new gear for the staff so they are representing Cabrini appropriately. Since Falardeau graduated and played Division III athletics he is looking forward to helping Cabrini’s student-athletes achieve their goals. “Winning is important, but I would also like to see the teams graduate. Sports are just stepping stones of life,” Falardeau said.

Falardeau is enthusiastic about his new position and new work place. He encourages people to stop in his office in the Dixon Center and introduce themselves to add to the warming welcome he has received.

Posted to the web by Marisa Gallelli

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