The 2017-18 academic year marked Jason Fein’s first as the Director of Athletics at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. Fein comes to this new role in the NESCAC (New England Small College Athletic Conference) following consecutive nine-year stints as the Director of Athletics at Drew University in Madison, New Jersey as well as the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York. While at Drew, he brought a renewed energy and vision to the Ranger program, overseeing several new initiatives including the drafting of an athletic facilities master plan. Several initial pieces were completed during his tenure, including the new turf field and improvements at Ranger Stadium as well as the renovation of the fitness facilities and varsity locker rooms in the Simon Forum. Future projects will include new Baseball and Softball playing facilities. Fein worked closely with university advancement to re-envision the Rangers development initiatives and start the Blue & Green Club, the official fundraising arm of Drew University Athletics. The cornerstone of these efforts culminates each year with the Blue & Green golf outing, a first-class golf experience for alumni, parents and friends of Drew athletics. In addition, Fein oversaw the addition and implementation of Drew’s 19th and 20th varsity sports, as men’s and women’s golf were added to the Rangers’ slate of athletic teams beginning with the 2017-18 season. In April of 2016, Fein was selected by NACDA as a 2015-16 Division III Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year and was then named as the ECAC Division III administrator of the year a few months later.
An active member of the national athletic administrative scene, Fein currently serves on the NCAA Division III Management Council, and previously completed a two-year term as Chair of the NCAA Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee. He also currently serves on the NCAA’s Diversity and Inclusion Working Group and previously served on the NCAA Woman of the Year Selection Committee. Fein has served on the board of the College Athletic Administrators of New Jersey (CAANJ), as well as the ECAC Sports Information Director’s Association (ECAC-SIDA), also serving as the organization’s president.
His list of accomplishments while at College of Staten Island included adding three sports, overseeing planning and construction of a new soccer complex and a new softball field, as well as general improvements to other athletics facilities. Most importantly, student-athlete grade point averages and retention and graduation rates improved as he introduced a successful academic progress plan for student-athletes.
Prior to CSI, Fein spent three years as the Assistant Athletic Director and Sports Information Director at his alma mater, Brooklyn College. He played an instrumental role in bringing back the college’s intercollegiate Division III athletics program after the school had earlier suspended their Division I program.
Fein has worked in media relations and press operations for the College Football Playoff, NCAA Final Four, two Olympic Games, and baseball playoffs with the New York Yankees since 1996. In 2006, Fein was honored by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) with their Inaugural Rising Star Award, given annually to a leader among sports information professionals.