Monday, June 29, 2015

Stony Brook unveils Together We Transform five-year strategic vision

Stony Brook unveils Together We Transform five-year strategic vision
New direction includes eight transformational elements, Seawolves United annual giving program

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - After a year of planning, Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron proudly announced the department's bold five-year strategic vision, Together We Transform, as well as the launch of Seawolves United, the new primary fundraising arm of the department. 

Since arriving on campus July 1, Heilbron has worked closely with Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, university leadership, athletic staff, current student-athletes, alumni and donors to produce the most comprehensive five-year plan in the department's history.  It was developed to present the road map for the next five years and highlights avenues for growth as well as critical areas for investment. The plan consists of eight transformational elements that revolve around one clear vision: to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. 

Stony Brook's Athletics Success
Since moving to the Division I level in 1999, Stony Brook has won 34 conference titles, produced one national champion and appeared in the NCAA postseason 30 times, including an unprecedented run to the College World Series in 2012 that saw the Seawolves burst onto the national scene.  Heading into the fall of 2015, several sports are poised for sustained success at both the conference and national level and Stony Brook Athletics is not turning back. This success has served to further enhance the brand and heighten Stony Brook's national profile and goal of becoming one of the nation's Top 25 public research universities.

"Stony Brook University's Division I athletics program has come so far so fast, and we're just getting started," said President Stanley. "Ambitious, and rightly so, this plan for Stony Brook Athletics is 100 percent about our student-athletes and how they can perform at their best, both in the classroom and in the competitive arena. It will equip our student athletes with the tools they need to excel - hopefully beyond what they've come to expect from themselves."

Together We Transform offers an aggressive strategic plan that provides a blueprint for Stony Brook's goal of being recognized as a premier NCAA Division I athletic department. This vision offers clear aspirations and detailed action items that will enable Stony Brook to effectively position itself in the highly fluid national landscape while supporting the university's overarching goals.

"Together We Transform is more than just the name of our five-year vision, it is the engine that will power our program to unprecedented heights," Heilbron says of the department's vision. "We will work together as a staff to achieve our aspirations and promote our vision to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. Our university is one of the nation's premier public research institutions and it deserves a premier intercollegiate athletics program. I am grateful to President Stanley for his leadership and support and look forward to Athletics' role in the continued ascension of Stony Brook University on a national and global level."

The Eight Transformational Elements
Together We Transform is comprised of eight transformational elements that will guide the future of Stony Brook Athletics and provide the foundation upon which a structure of sustainable success can be built. Each element contains specific goals and objectives that will be driven by our vision to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. The eight transformational elements are:

Transforming the Student-Athlete Experience
Competing for Championships and National Prominence
Developing a Culture of Philanthropy and Financial Support  
Amplifying the Stony Brook Brand
Celebrating Diversity and Gender Equity
Creating First Class Facilities
Maintaining Internal Integrity
Magnifying the Significance of Football
Although prioritization will occur within each of the transformational elements, Stony Brook Athletics will work toward the goal of accomplishing all of them by 2020. The end result will be a complete transformation of the athletic department at Stony Brook, which will ultimately benefit the university in a profoundly positive manner by raising the institutional profile to new heights. 

Seawolves United
To help fuel the five-year vision, Stony Brook Athletics also launched Seawolves United, the new primary fundraising arm of the department designed to build meaningful personal relationships that connect individuals to Stony Brook Athletics by aligning their philanthropic interests with our strategic priorities.

The goal of Seawolves United is to build relationships with Stony Brook supporters that will generate a new level of unrestricted giving to the department.  Members of Seawolves United will play a critical role in the vision to create transformational experiences for student- athletes that will complement their academic, athletic and personal pursuits. 

To read Together We Transform in its entirety and learn more about Seawolves United, visit or call 631-632-6312. 

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Stony Brook's season comes to an end at Fort Worth Regional

No. 3 seed Seawolves can't get past fourth-ranked Horned Frogs in Sunday's elimination game
FORT WORTH, Texas -- The Stony Brook baseball team's very successful 2015 campaign, which saw the squad claim America East Conference regular season and tournament titles, came to an end on Sunday afternoon with an 8-3 loss to top-seeded and seventh-national seed TCU in the elimination game of the NCAA Fort Worth Regional at Lupton Stadium.

The Horned Frogs (45-12) advanced to face No. 2 seed N.C. State in Sunday evenings' regional championship game.

The Seawolves (35-16-1) managed just four hits, two each by sophomore CFToby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) and freshman DH Malcolm Nachmanoff(Boston, Mass.).

Quoting Matt Senk
"I am exceedingly proud of my team for coming down here and competing this weekend the way we did. I don't know if any coach could ask for more. They should be very proud of themselves. They made their families proud, this coaching staff, this program, our department and our university exceedingly proud. They completed their butts off today and all weekend and that is exactly what they were about all year."

"I want to congratulate TCU. They are an outstanding team that played an excellent game. They were a very tough opponent today. I'm disappointed in the result, but not in the effort."

Turning Point
Stony Brook had cut the TCU lead in half with a run in the third inning, but the Horned Frogs broke the game open in the top of the fifth inning with a 2-out, three-run home run by freshman C Evan Skoug that landed in the Seawolves' bullpen over the left field wall.  

Game Notes
- Stony Brook is now 8-11 all-time in the Division I NCAA Tournament.
- Sophomore CF Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) and freshman DH Malcolm Nachmanoff (Boston, Mass.) each had two hits on Sunday. Handley drove in a two of Stony Brook's three runs.
- Senior C Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) finished his Stony Brook career having played in and started all 225 games. His 225 games played ranks him second in the career record book at Stony Brook. Peragine also closed his career as the all-time leader in walks at Stony Brook with 125.
-Sophomore RHP Cameron Stone (West Haven, Conn.) saw his scoreless innings streak come to an end at an impressive 24.2 innings. He surrendered one run with two outs in the eighth inning of Sunday's game.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Stony Brook outlasts Sacred Heart to advance in Fort Worth Regional


No. 3 seed Seawolves earn 11-6 victory over No. 4 seed Sacred Heart on Saturday
Sophomore 1B Casey Baker homered in the 3rd inning

FORT WORTH, Texas-- Each member of the No. 3 seed Stony Brook baseball team (35-15-1) collected for at least one hit and accounted for at least one run in Saturday afternoon's 11-6 elimination game win over fourth-seeded Sacred Heart (23-33-1) at the 2015 NCAA Fort Worth Regional at TCU's Lupton Stadium.  

The Seawolves belted out 17 hits, including three each by sophomore CFToby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) and junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.).Sophomore 1B Casey Baker belted his fourth home run of the season and drove in four, while senior 2B Robert Chavarria(Garden Grove, Calif.) and freshman DHMalcolm Nachmanoff (Boston, Mass.)each had two RBI.

Quoting Matt Senk
"I'm extremely pleased to come out with a win that allows us to keep playing in this regional. The guys really came out swinging the bats today and were more than ready to make up for the lack of timely hitting in yesterday's game. Jumping out to that early lead is always key. It was a hard fought game and I give Sacred Heart a ton of credit for competing the way they did. We are looking forward to playing again tomorrow."

Turning Point
Stony Brook jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning by scoring three before the 43-minute weather delay and a pair after the field became playable again. The Seawolves sent 10 batters to the plate and collected five hits, including RBI singles by senior 2B Robert Chavarria (Garden Grove, Calif.) and sophomore 1B Casey Baker and an RBI double by freshman DH Malcolm Nachmanoff(Boston, Mass.).

Game Notes
- All nine starters for Stony Brook collected at least one hit in Saturday's win. Sophomore CF Toby Handley(Whitby, Ontario) and junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) each had three hits, while senior 2B Robert Chavarria(Garden Grove, Calif.), sophomore 1BCasey Baker (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.), freshman RF Andruw Gazzola (Coram, N.Y.) and freshman 3B Bobby Honeyman(Massapequa, N.Y.) collected each has two hits.
-Each starter for the Seawolves also either scored at least one run or drove in at least one run.
- Junior LF Jack Parentycollected three more hits in Saturday's game and now has a team-leading 25 multi-hit games this season. His three hits was also his fifth 3-hit game of the year. Parenty is 6-for-8 in two games at the Fort Worth Regional.
- Sophomore CF Toby Handley (Whitby, Ontario) collected his eighth three-plus hit game of the season with three on Saturday.
-Sophomore 1B Casey Baker belted his fourth home run of the season over the right field fence with two outs and a runner on in the third inning. 
- Freshman RHP Nicolas DiEva (Cherry Hill, N.J.) picked up his third victory of the season with 3.1 innings of work in relief.
- Senior C Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) has now started all 224 games in his Stony Brook career after Saturday's NCAA Fort Worth Regional game. His 224 games played ranks him second in the career record book at Stony Brook.

Up Next
Stony Brook will face either top-seeded TCU or No. 2 seed N.C. State in the elimination game at 3:30 p.m. ET on Sunday. The game will be on ESPN3.COM

Stony Brook falls to N.C. State 3-0 in Fort Worth Regional opener

No. 3 seed Seawolves can't muster enough offense against second-seeded Wolfpack

FORT WORTH, Texas -- The No. 3 seed Stony Brook baseball team (34-15-1) could not muster enough offense in the opening game of the 2015 NCAA Fort Worth Regional and fell to second-seeded and 24th-ranked N.C. State (35-21) 3-0 on Friday afternoon at TCU's Lupton Stadium.

Junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had three of Stony Brook's six hits, while freshman Bobby Honeyman (Massapequa, N.Y.) had a pair of hits. Starting pitcher Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) went 6.2 innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with four strike outs.

Quoting Matt Senk
"Congratulations to N.C. State. They played a very complete ball game. I'm extremely proud of my players. That was a hard fought game and we are disappointed, but we feel that going into tomorrow that we came get a few more timely hits and get back on track. Despite today's setback I think we will be fine moving forward."

Turning Point
N.C. State's leadoff hitter Logan Ratledge battled with Stony Brook's sophomore pitcher Daniel Zamora (La Puente, Calif.) in an 11-pitch at-bat with one on and one out in the bottom of the fifth inning. After taking the count full and fouling off four straight pitches, Ratledge hit the 11th pitch of the at-bat over the left field fence to give the Wolfpack a 2-0 lead.

Game Notes
- Junior LF Jack Parenty (Wantagh, N.Y.) had his team-leading 24th multi-hit game of the season on Friday. His three hits was also his fourth 3-hit game of the year.
-Freshman 3B Bobby Honeyman (Massapequa, N.Y.) collected his eighth multi-hit game of the season with a pair of hits on Friday.
- Senior C Cole Peragine (Belle Ewart, Ontario) has now started all 223 games in his Stony Brook career after Friday's NCAA Fort Worth Regional game. His 223 games played ranks him second in the career record book at Stony Brook.
- Sophomore 1B Casey Baker's (Ronkonkoma, N.Y.) 18-game hitting streak came to an end on Friday.

Up Next
Stony Brook will face with top-seeded TCU or No. 4 seed Sacred Heart in the elimination game at 3:30 p.m. ET on Saturday. The game will be on ESPN3 (

Monday, May 25, 2015

Stony Brook receives No. 3 seed in Fort Worth Regional

- SBU Athletics
Seawolves will face No. 2 seed N.C. State at 2:30 p.m. on Friday

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- The Stony Brook baseball team (34-14-1, 18-4-1 AE), the America East Conference automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, received the No. 3 seed in the Fort Worth Regional.

The Seawolves will face No. 2 seed N.C. State, an at-large selection from the Atlantic Coast Conference, on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET. The game will be aired live on ESPN3.

"This is a good bracket," Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said. "TCU is an outstanding team and of course N.C. State out of the ACC is really playing well and has played well for a good month or so and Sacred Heart taking their tournament. This is a good field and we are excited to be a part of it."

Host and top-seed TCU, an at-large selection from the Big 12 Conference will face fourth-seeded Sacred Heart, the automatic qualifier from the Northeast Conference, at 7 p.m. ET on Friday.

Stony Brook earned the automatic bid by claiming the program's fifth America East Tournament title this past Saturday. This will be the fifth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Seawolves and the first since the school's historic run to the College World Series in 2012.

This is the first time Stony Brook enters the field as a No. 3 seed. The Seawolves own a 7-10 record in NCAA Tournament games, including winning the Coral Gables Regional and the Baton Rouge Super Regional in 2012.

Stony Brook NCAA Info:
WHO: No. 1 seed TCU (43-11, 15-5 Big 12), No. 2 seed N.C. State (34-21, 15-14 ACC), No. 3 seed Stony Brook (34-14-1, 18-4-1 AE), No. 4 seed Sacred Heart (23-30-1, 13-11 NEC)
WHEN: Friday-Monday, May 29-June 1
WHERE: Lupton Stadium -- Fort Worth, Texas
NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES: 5th (2004, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2015)
SOCIAL MEDIA: @SBAthletics, @StonyBrookBase, #beLIeve

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Stony Brook scores 11 runs in second inning to erase 7-0 deficit, wins America East title

Matt Senk after #Seawolves win America East (WUSB AUDIO)

(Newsday) This was an America East Conference championship game Stony Brook will long remember. UMBC will, too -- for very different reasons.

The top-seeded Seawolves allowed second-seeded UMBC to score seven runs in the first inning of the tournament final Saturday at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Massachusetts, but they didn't have much time -- or much need -- to worry about it.

That's because they came back with a tournament-record 11 runs in the top of the second en route to a 16-11 victory that put them in the NCAA Tournament.

"We always talk about answering back when we get down early, and never in my wildest imagination did I ever think we would come back with 11 runs,'' said coach Matt Senk, whose team finished with 19 hits and 16 walks. "We always preach answering back, and we did that tonight."

Stony Brook (34-14-1) had five hits and six walks in the big inning. Toby Handley had a two-run single and an RBI single, Freshman DH Malcolm Nachmanoff had a pair of RBI singles and Cole Peragine added a two-run single. Two more runs scored on bases-loaded walks.

Stony Brook will find out where it's headed when the NCAA Tournament selection show airs live on ESPNU at noon Monday. "This is an unbelievable feeling,'' said Senk, whose Seawolves put together a remarkable run and made it all the way to the College World Series in 2012. "I could not be more proud of these young men, my coaches, the athletic department that we are a part of and our university."

Sophomore Cameron Stone was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player and was named to the all-tournament team. He recorded saves in the first two Stony Brook wins and pitched 41/3 scoreless innings in three appearances in the tournament. Stone pitched a perfect 12/3 innings to extend his scoreless-innings streak to 24. He has not allowed a run since his first appearance of the season.

Joining Stone on the all-tournament team were sophomore lefthander Daniel Zamora, senior second baseman Robert Chavarria and freshman third baseman Bobby Honeyman (Coram).

With his RBI single up the middle in the fourth, sophomore first baseman Baker (Ronkonkoma) extended his hitting streak to 18 games. He finished the game with three hits and is 37-for-76 (.486) in those 18 games, including 11 multi-hit games and eight three-hit games.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Stony Brook announces broadcast partnership with Connoisseur Media Long Island

Seawolves football to be carried on The Shark 94.3 FM and men's basketball on WHLI 1370 AM

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Stony Brook Athletics has announced a dynamic three-year agreement with Connoisseur Media Long Island, Long Island's premier media cluster, to broadcast Seawolves' football and men's basketball games beginning in the fall of 2015.

Over the next three seasons, 94.3 The Shark will air all regular and postseason Stony Brook Football games. The broadcast schedule with Connoisseur Media Long Island begins on September 3 when the Seawolves open the 2015 football season at Toledo.

The entire 2015-16 Stony Brook Men's Basketball season will be broadcast on WHLI 1370 AM.

"One of our primary objectives is to build the Stony Brook brand on a local, regional and national level," said Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron. "We will now have a significant platform to promote the Seawolves in our backyard of Long Island and beyond thanks to this partnership."

The radio agreement is the most comprehensive in the history of Stony Brook athletics, marking the first time that all football and men's basketball games will air live on a commercial radio station. In addition to the large radio broadcast coverage area, Connoisseur Media Long Island also provides live streaming on all station websites, including,,, and, so fans around the world can listen via computer or mobile device.

"The music rocks, but what's between the music is what keeps us local" said Don Harrison, Program Director for 94.3 The Shark."I'm proud for The Shark to have a partnership with such a reputable local institution like Stony Brook football."

The radio partnership also extends to the Seawolves game day experience. This fall, Stony Brook Athletics will unveil Seawolves Town, Long Island's premier tailgate venue. Connoisseur Media Long Island and 94.3 The Shark will be on site in Seawolves Town to share the Seawolves Football excitement with all of Long Island.

"We are look forward to making Stony Brook University, and all is has to offer, a hub for all Long Islanders," said Jim Condron, GM/Market Manager for Connoisseur Media Long Island."They have so much to offer beyond higher education. The atmosphere at their football and basketball games are a terrific family environment.And, if you can't make the game, you can tune to The Shark or WHLI for all the live action. This partnership is so exciting because we'll be able to not only broadcast the games, but we'll also be using our digital assets to help unite Stony Brook fans, alumni and the like."

For season ticket information or to reserve your spot in Seawolves Town, call 631-632-WOLF.

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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ryan Sloan to finish his college football career at Stony Brook


Ryan Sloan, a former star defensive tackle who was the subject of a grade-fixing scandal at Bellport High School before attending Syracuse, will play his final season of eligibility at Stony Brook next season.

Stony Brook football coach Chuck Priore said Sloan has graduated from Syracuse with a 2.82 grade-point average and will attend Stony Brook to pursue an unspecified master's degree.

The 6-2, 326-pound Sloan, who redshirted as a freshman and missed his sophomore year because of an injury, played 15 games in two years at Syracuse and had 18 total tackles.

A spokesman at Syracuse said, "Ryan Sloan elected to leave the Syracuse football program."

Sloan said, "I would rather wait until I walk in the doors [at Stony Brook]" before discussing his reasons for transferring.

"He'll certainly compete for playing time and have an opportunity to help us be a very good defensive team," Priore said. "He's an inside big kid, should be a good run-stopper. Hopefully he can help us just continue to get better in the CAA. I think he'll fit into what we do and he should definitely add to us being better."

Priore said Joe Cipp Jr., Sloan's high school coach, "definitely reached out and said Ryan was interested in Stony Brook to finish his football career."

In 2012, the South Country School District hired Melville attorney Bronwyn Black to investigate allegations that Sloan's grades were changed so he could earn a scholarship to play at Syracuse.

Cipp, who coached Bellport for three decades and is the second-winningest football coach in Suffolk County history behind St. Anthony's Rich Reichert, became the district's superintendent in 2010. Cipp resigned amid the investigation, although he denied any wrongdoing. Black's 44-page report, which was obtained by Newsday, determined that the grade-fixing allegations were valid.

Cipp, reached Thursday, said, "I don't think I did anything wrong. I didn't change grades. I wouldn't even know how to go into a computer to change grades . . . I was never found guilty of anything and they decided to buy me out, which happens all the time with superintendents."

Priore is not concerned about the controversy involving Sloan's grades, pointing to his GPA and saying, "He graduated in four years. I think that's pretty good."

Sunday, May 10, 2015

No. 6/4 Stony Brook falls to No. 11/12 Princeton, 8-4

Final Stats

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Despite holding its opponent to fewer than 10 goals for the 19th time this season, the No. 6/4 (IWLCA/Media) Stony Brook women's lacrosse team fell to No. 11/12 Princeton, 8-4, in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship.
The Seawolves (18-2) and Tigers (16-3) were tied at three at halftime, but Princeton outscored Stony Brook, 5-1, in the final 30 minutes.

Sophomores Courtney Murphy (Shirley, N.Y.), Dorrien Van Dyke (Northport, N.Y.) and Kristin Yevoli (Massapequa, N.Y.) and freshman Kylie Ohlmiller (West Islip, N.Y.) tallied a goal apiece.

Abby Finkleston led Princeton with four goals.

Key Moments
Ohlmiller's goal with 8:37 left in the first half gave Stony Brook, which was seeded sixth, its only lead of the game, 3-2.

Finkleston scored with 3:10 remaining in the first and two straight two minutes apart in the second half as Princeton opened up a 6-3 lead. Yevoli cut the lead to 6-4 with 12:33 left in regulation.

Following a turnover, the Tigers regained possession with 7:49 left in the half. They sat on the balluntil Finkleston scored with 22 seconds left.

Quotes . . .
Joe Spallina
"We did a lot of great things throughout the year. In a week or so, I think I'll be able to reflect on all the great moments this year. Right now it's a tough one to digest. It hurts. It's a great group of kids. We have a ton of talent returning, but our senior class is world class. They're going to be missed. It hurts not being about to work with these kids for another game."

 By The Numbers
• Murphy, Yevoli and sophomore Kaitlyn Leahy (Bayport, N.Y.) had three ground balls apiece.
• Leahy finished with four saves.
• Van Dyke totaled three draw controls.
• Murphy's strong riding forced Princeton into three failed clears. She had two caused turnovers.
• Sophomore Alyssa Guido (Rocky Point, N.Y.) and senior Michelle Rubino (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) each registered an assist.

News & Notes
• The 18 wins represent the most in school history since the program was started in 2003.
• Today's game was the first meeting against Princeton.
• Ohlmiller finished with 44 assists, the second most in a season in school history.
• Stony Brook's senior class finished with 66 wins and a winning percentage of .825.
• Murphy will enter her junior season needing only 27 goals to become the school's all-time career leader.
• Stony Brook has held 36 of its last 39 opponents under 10 goals.