|Title:||Deputy Athletics Director|
|College:||Navy '78 / Troy State '93|
|Major:||B.S. - Management and Technology / M.S. - Educational Leadership|
Captain William G. Fell, Jr. is currently the Deputy Athletics Director at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. He entered into this role after serving as the 16th Commandant of Midshipmen at Kings Point.
In 2013, Captain Fell was the recipient of the academy's Capt. James Liebertz Memorial Award, given annually by the Director of the Physical Education and Athletics to a member of the USMMA community who exemplifies the traits of dedication, perseverence, enthusiasm, and love of USMMA Athletics.
As Deputy A.D., Captain Fell's day-to-day tasks include:
handling the finances of the department, budgets of USMMA's 22
Division-III sports teams, assisting with and coordinating game-day
management, as well as other projects assisting Director of
Athletics Susan Petersen Lubow.
Captain Fell, a native of Rootstown, Ohio, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1978 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. He then completed Basic School and Combat Engineer Officers School, where he was the first recipient of the Cornwall Leadership Award. Captain Fell then reported to 9th Engineer Support Battalion in Okinawa Japan as Platoon Commander and then “A” Company Executive Officer.
In 1981 Captain Fell transferred to Marine Barracks Hawaii and served as Guard Officer and then Commanding Officer, Guard Company Pearl Harbor. Selected for career level school in 1985, he attended the U.S. Army’s Engineer Officer Advanced Course at Fort Belvoir Virginia. Upon graduation, Captain Fell reported to the 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion and assumed duties as Commanding Officer “A” Company. During this period “A” Company deployed twice to Northern Norway for winter operations Anchor Express and Alpine Warrior.
In 1988 Captain Fell reported to Battle Creek, Michigan as Inspector-Instructor, 4th Bridge Company, 6th Engineer Support Battalion and was later promoted to Major. 4th Bridge Company became the first Marine Reserve unit sent to Operation Desert Shield (later Operation Desert Storm). Two of the three years at Battle Creek, 4th Bridge Company was selected as the number unit in 6th Engineer Support Battalion, and the number two unit in 4th FSSG (out of 173). Captain Fell reported to 1st Marine Aircraft Wing in 1991 and served in various billets, Operations Officer and Executive Officer MWSS-172, 1st MAW Engineer, and Operations Officer MWSG-17. Promoted to Lieutenant Colonel, he participated in Team Spirit and Cobra Gold. In 1995, Captain Fell reported to Marine Corps Logistics Base Barstow as the Facilities and Services Officer and later as Deputy Commander.
Captain Fell retired from the United States military in 1998. His individual awards include the Legion of Merit Medal, three Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
After his retirement, Captain Fell taught high school science, health and physical education at Grove City High School, Columbus, Ohio. In June 2004, Captain Fell moved to Kings Point when he was hired as the Assistant Athletic Director for Physical Fitness and Club Sports at the United States Merchant Marine Academy. Captain Fell assumed duties as Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen in November 2007 and assumed command of the Regiment in July 2008 as the Acting Commandant of Midshipmen. In June 2009, Captain Fell was selected as the sixteenth Commandant of Midshipmen.
On March 28, 2011, Captain Fell became the Deputy Athletics Director at Kings Point.
Athletically, Fell was a three-year member of the U.S. Naval Academy football team, selected twice (1984, '85) to the USA Military Select Rugby Team, captain of the 1986 U.S. Marine Corps Rugby Team, and most recently assistant coach for the 2008 USMC Rugby Team. He also was the USMMA assistant football coach 2005-2007 and boxing coach 2006-2008.
Having graduated in 1978 from the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor's degree in Management and Engineering, Captain Fell earned a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Troy State University in 1993. He also acquired a certificate in Sports Management program from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics' (NACDA) Sports Management Institute.
Captain Fell is married to the former Deborah Haynes. The couple has three children: Kimberly, Billy who attends Ohio State University and Jeffrey a student at Yale University.