One of the fixtures of the Alfred State College athletic department for the past 30 years has been Kathy Feldman. This winter, Feldman announced her retirement and served her last day at the college on May 13.
Feldman has worn many hats over her years at Alfred State. She started her career at ASC as a coach (volleyball & softball) and instructor in the physical education department. She went on to coach softball for 10 years and volleyball for fifteen.
In 1995, Feldman was named the college’s director of athletics and has held the post ever since. In her position she is in charge of the athletic department, the physical education department, the fitness center, and intramurals & recreation.
During her leadership, the college has seen significant facility upgrades including the building of Pioneer Stadium, new baseball and softball fields, refurbishments to Orvis Gymnasium, the fitness center, and the athletic training room. On the field, three Pioneer teams have won NJCAA National Championships and the college has hosted national championships (cross country, softball, and track & field) events and countless regional championships.
On top of her duties at ASC, Feldman has also served as the NJCAA Region III women’s director between 1987 and 1995 and then again from 1996 until 2011. In this position she has represented all the colleges in Region III at the national level and has chaired and served on numerous national committees.
During her tenure, Feldman has received numerous honors. In 1996 she received the USA Volleyball Outstanding Service Award, in 1999-2000 she was named the WNYAC Person of the Year, in 2001 she received the SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Professional Service, in 2005 she was named the Region III Athletic Director of the Year, in 2006 she was inducted into the NJCAA Volleyball Hall of Fame and given the NJCAA Certificate of Loyalty, and in 2008 she received the George E. Killian Award of Excellence by the NJCAA national office.
Always an advocate for the important lessons learned through athletics and physical education, Feldman has left a legacy of excellence at Alfred State.