JERSEY CITY, NJ – Former Saint Peter's University men's golf student-athlete and head coach, Peter Falloon today announced his retirement from the University. A member of the 2015 Saint Peter's Athletics Hall of Fame Class, Falloon has served as the men's golf team director of golf for the past two seasons after serving as the head coach from 2008 until 2015.
Falloon's career at Saint Peter's began as a student-athlete on the men's golf team in 1963. During his playing career as a Peacock, Falloon was a three-year letterwinner on the team from 1963-65. As a student-athlete, he helped the Peacocks to a 15-1 record in 1963 that included a win against Metropolitan Intercollegiate Champion St. John's. Falloon and the Peacocks followed up the 1963 season with a perfect 16-0 record in 1964 and the MEECA Championship. In 1965, he was named team captain and was awarded the Saint Peter's Athletics Department Student-Athlete of the Year. Falloon also finished second in the MEECA Championship as an individual in 1964.
"My history at Saint Peter's goes all the way back to 1963," said Falloon. "During that time, we obviously enjoyed a lot of success under such outstanding players such as Captain Brian Fitzpatrick, Gerry Coleman and John Curley among others, going 15-1 in 1963 and a 16-0 in 1964. In 1965 I was graciously voted Student-Athlete of the Year at Saint Peter's, but the bottom line was that those teams had developed a culture of winning. All without a formal coach!"
Upon graduating from Saint Peter's in 1965, Falloon earned a master's degree in Economics from Georgetown University in 1966 and an MBA from Columbia Graduate School of Business in 1968. He served as assistant professor in Economics from 1968-79 at Saint Peter's and became an instructor for the "New York City's Golf in Schools" program from 1990-2000. Falloon returned to his alma mater in 2008 when he was named head coach of the men's golf team.
"When I was asked to coach the Saint Peter's men's golf team in 2008, I was very excited," exclaimed Falloon. "With my players and assistant coach Chris Merce, we reignited that culture of winning. While the record speaks for itself, I am most proud, above all, of my players and the type of student-athletes and men that they have become. To me, that has been the real success of my teams. I'm proud of them all."
During his time as head coach, Falloon turned a once-challenged program into one of the top teams in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and in the region. Falloon led the Peacocks to consecutive MAAC Men's Golf Championships in 2014 and 2015. Under his guidance, Saint Peter's participated in the NCAA Sugar Grove Regional in 2014 and the NCAA New Haven Regional the following year in 2015. Falloon was named the MAAC Coach of the Year three times in four years. He was named the Coach of the Year for the first time in 2012 after helping the Peacocks post a then team-best second-place finish before taking home the honors for 2014 and 2015 when the squad earned the team title. Falloon's teams did not only excel on the golf courses, they also excelled academically, earning multiple honors by the NCAA with its Public Recognition Award, for success in the classroom.
"This past year when I felt that it was time to pass the torch, I asked former player Nick Dilio to take the reins," added Falloon. "All Nick did was win another MAAC Championship! More than a former individual champion, Nick is also an outstanding individual who I'm confident will continue the modern tradition which was set in motion several years ago. Our future continues to look bright."