Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Stony Brook Athletics honored by Three Village Chamber of Commerce

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Jim Fiore and the entire body of Stony Brook student-athletes have been named the Three Village Chamber of Commerce Members of the Year and will be honored at the organization's annual dinner meeting on Wednesday, June 15 at 6 p.m. at Mirabelle Restaurant at the Three Village Inn in Stony Brook.
"Jim Fiore's Athletics Department and all the University's athletes have put us on the national collegiate athletic map, building a vital link between the campus and community units of our Chamber," said Michael Ardolino, the president of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce. "We couldn't have chosen better Members of the Year."
"We are honored to be recognized by the community that does so much for Stony Brook Athletics," Fiore said. "The members of the Three Village Chamber of Commerce have played an integral role in the lives of our student-athletes, coaches and staff and we are appreciative of the support that they have given to our department. We are proud to be members of the Three Village community and look forward to continuing to build strong town relationships with residents and businesses throughout the area."
Stony Brook has received the honor based on a vote by the Three Village Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Three Village Chamber of Commerce is an umbrella organization, bringing some 250 local business owners, managers, professionals in various fields, university departments and local associations together. More than two-thirds of all Three Village businesses are now Chamber members, one of the highest membership rates in the country, including almost every principal business in the Three Village Area.
Stony Brook Athletics sponsors 20 intercollegiate varsity sports and competes in the America East Conference and Big South Conference. The Seawolves have won seven conference and three regular season championships over the last two athletic seasons and have produced numerous All-Americans in multiple sports, including baseball, men's lacrosse, women's cross country and women's track & field. In addition, Stony Brook student-athletes have achieved numerous academic accolades, including Academic All-Conference awards, Capital One Academic All-District awards and SUNY Chancellor awards.
Stony Brook Athletics has also hosted numerous events on campus that have attracted national attention, including the 2011 NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship held at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, which brought over 20,000 people to the Three Village area over Memorial Day weekend.
The dinner is open to all members of the Chamber and open to the public. The cost is $50 for members and $60 for non-members.

Nick Tropeano selected in the 5th Round of the First-Year MLB Draft

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook University junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.), was selected by the Houston Astros with the ninth pick of the fifth round of the 2011 Major League Baseball First Year Player Draft on Tuesday afternoon. The two-time All-American was the 160th overall selection.

The Seawolves have had 34 players sign professional contracts under head coach Matt Senk including 25 since the program jumped to Division I in 2000.

"We're extremely excited for Nick and his family," Stony Brook head coach Matt Senk said. "He has worked very hard for this and we wish him nothing but the best of luck in the future."

One of 25 finalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pitcher of the Year Award, Tropeano set America East single season records for wins (12) and strikeouts (119). A two-time America East Pitcher of the Year, Tropeano ranked second in the country in victories and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.52).

Tropeano led the 2011 Seawolves to their first America East regular season title and a school record 42 wins.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

El-Amin completes successful pro season in Hungary

Former Stony Brook men's basketball guard Muhammad El-Amin recently completed a successful first season as a professional in the Hungarian League. El-Amin led the league in scoring en route to second-team All-Hungarian League honors.El-Amin played for PVSK Pannon and was the only American on the team. He helped the PVSK improve from 9-17 to 14-12, and the team finished tied for sixth in the A Division standings. El-Amin was the leading scorer in the league, averaging 22.0 points per game. In January, El-Amin had a 47-point game for PVSK.
El-Amin graduated from Stony Brook in May 2010 after two seasons on the men's basketball team. He led the Seawolves in scoring in 2009-10 and was named the America East Player of the Year while leading the team to a 22-10 record, the America East regular season championship and a postseason NIT berth.

Friday, June 3, 2011

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Patrick Chambers Accepts Head Coach Position at Penn State (BU Release)

BOSTON - Boston University assistant vice president and director of athletics Mike Lynch announced today that head men's basketball coach Patrick Chambers has accepted the head coach position at Big Ten member Penn State. Lynch also announced that BU associate head coach Brian Daly has been named interim head coach. A national search for the program's 25th head coach will begin immediately.
"I would like to thank Pat for his contributions to Boston University and to our men's basketball program," said Lynch. "As our head coach, he helped return BU to its winning tradition. We have a very bright future and I am confident that we will find a replacement who will continue to build on our tradition of excellence."
Daly has been a member of Chambers' coaching staff for the past two years and was promoted to associate head coach in May 2010.
"Brian Daly was an easy choice to assume the interim head coach position while a search is conducted," said Lynch. "He has been involved in all aspects of the program's operation and will provide a smooth transition to the next phase of Terrier basketball."
Chambers led the Terriers to back-to-back postseason appearances and America East Championship berths while becoming the first coach in program history to earn at least 20 wins in each of his first two years. This past season, BU hosted its first conference title game since 2003 and earned its first NCAA berth since 2002 (seventh overall) with a 56-54 victory over Stony Brook in front of an energized fan base at Agganis Arena.
Chambers compiled a 42-28 (.600) overall record and a 23-9 (.719) mark in league action. In the months of February and March, he was 21-4 (.840) after leading the Terriers to the semifinals of the 2010 CBI tournament and the second round of the 2011 NCAAs.
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A native of Philadelphia, Chambers will be returning to his home state and coaching at a school where several family members and friends graduated from.

Patrick Chambers to coach Penn State

Penn State has hired Boston University's Patrick Chambers as its next coach.
A posting on the website for Boston University confirmed the move late Friday afternoon.
"I was really impressed with what, I think, is a newfound commitment to the basketball program, to being successful and to winning championships," Chambers said. "Things are going to change, in my mind, and I'm really excited with the direction this program is going."

Chambers has been at BU for two seasons, and this year led the team to the America East title and an NCAA tournament berth.
Chambers is a logical hire for Penn State, thanks to his deep Philadelphia roots. A Philly native, he spent five seasons with Jay Wright at Villanova, moving up to be Wright's associate head coach before moving on to BU.
Prior to Villanova, he coached at heralded Episcopal Academy and played under Hall of Famer Herb Magee at Philadelphia University.
"We need to go get good players," Chambers said. "We need to compete with the Big Ten and the Big East for the best of the best, to get pros every few years but to also be able to find those Dante Cunninghams, those Dwayne Andersons, those guys that are under the radar, a little bit.
"Obviously Philly is huge. There are so many great players there and we need to be a presence there. But I also think we shouldn't limit ourselves. We have the entire East Coast -- Virginia, (Washington) DC, Maryland and now you can throw in Boston as the cherry on top."
Earlier on Friday, Wisconsin-Milwaukee coach Rob Jeter released a statement saying he had withdrawn his name from consideration at Penn State.
Athletic director Tim Curley also interviewed Duquesne coach Ron Everhart.
Penn State was in need of a new coach after Ed DeChellis abruptly left to become the coach at Navy. DeChellis this year led the Nittany Lions to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 10 years.
"I think (the program) is a sleeping giant, in my mind," Chambers said. "They have everything they need. They have more than Villanova had. Everything that they need to be a successful program is there. Ed did a great job and I think there isn't much for me to change. I just hope that maybe I can bring that new energy, that passion to the program."

Baseball sends 21 to summer ball

Stony Brook, N.Y. - After leading the Seawolves to the 2011 America East regular season title and a school record 42 wins, 21 members of the Stony Brook baseball team will scatter across the nation to hone their skills in various summer leagues. SBU finished 2011 with a 42-12 record; the third best winning percentage in the country and tied an America East record with 22 conference wins.
The Seawolves will send seven players to the prestigious Cape Cod League, which is known as one of the top summer leagues in the country. Arizona, Florida, Georgia Tech, North Carolina and Stanford are the only teams in the nation that will send more players to the Cape than Stony Brook.
Last summer, junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.) had an outstanding season for the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape League. Tropeano led the league wuith 44 strikeouts and pitched 6.2 innings of no-hit relief to lead the Kettleers to a 6-0 victory in the decisive third game of the Cape Cod League Championship series.
In addition to the Cape, the Seawolves will send players to nine other summer leagues including the Northwoods League and the New England Collegiate Baseball League.
Below are leagues and teams that Stony Brook players will be competing in this summer.
Josh BarryHamptonsSouthampton
Pat CantwellCapeBourne
James CampbellNECBLOld Orchard
William CarmonaCapeWareham
Anthony GoebelMountainLaramie
Michael HubbardNorthwoodsThunder Bay
Anthony ItalianoHamptonsNorth Fork
Sal IntagliataCal RipkenSilver Springs
Travis JankowskiCapeBourne
Tyler JohnsonCapeOrleans
Anthony LucianoCapeBourne
Joshua MasonCCLOrange County
Brandon McNittCCLOrange County
Tanner NivinsCapeBrewster
Gabriel PenaOhio ValleyOwensboro
Jasvir RakkarNYCBLWebster
Bryan TatelmanNYCBLWebster
Maxx TissenbaumCapeOrleans
Zachary UherHamptonsWesthampton
Frankie VanderkaValleyHaymarket
G.C. YerryNECBLOld Orchard

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Carmona named First Team All-American; Tropeano named second team

Stony Brook, N.Y.  – Sophomore designated hitter William Carmona (Hempstead, N.Y.) and junior right-hander Nick Tropeano (West Islip, N.Y.), of the Stony Brook University baseball team, have been named Louisville Slugger All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the publication announced on Thursday. Carmona becomes the program’s first ever first team all-american while Tropeano was selected to the second team.

Named the America East Player of the Year last Tuesday, Carmona hit .357 and set school records for hits (80) and doubles (27) with the doubles mark ranking third in the nation. Carmona led the America East in five offensive categories including batting average, slugging percentage (.580) and hits.  

One of 25 finalists for the College Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pitcher of the Year Award, Tropeano set America East single season records for wins (12) and strikeouts (119). The first player in conference history to win America East Pitcher of the Year twice, Tropeano ranked second in the country in victories and fifth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.52).

The duo led the 2011 Seawolves to their first America East regular season title and a school record 42 wins.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

O’Boyle announces hiring of Chambers as assistant coach

Stony Brook, N.Y. – Stony Brook University head women’s basketball coach Beth O’Boyle announced today that Cori Chambers has been hired as an assistant coach. Chambers played collegiately at Georgia before playing professionally for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA and was most recently the Director of Basketball Operations at Marist College for two seasons.    

“Cori is a tremendous addition to the staff,” O’Boyle said. “Not only was she an outstanding player but she has also gained valuable coaching experience at Marist. She has an incredible work ethic and I’m looking forward to her developing our student-athletes both on and off the floor.”

Chambers joins Jesse Fleming and Crishna Hill to round out O’Boyle’s first coaching staff at Stony Brook. Chambers will be involved in all aspects of the program.  

In her two years at Marist, the Red Foxes went 57-11 and advanced to the NCAA tournament each season. In 2010-11, Marist went 31-3 and was ranked No. 21 in the final ESPN/USA Today coaches poll.

Chambers played at Georgia from 2003-07 and played professionally for the Connecticut Sun of the WNBA. She is Georgia's all-time leader in three-pointers made in a career with 282, making a Lady Bulldogs' record 85 threes in the 2006-07 season.
She also played in a Georgia record 106 games in her four years in Athens, Ga. Chambers scored 1,490 points in her collegiate career, averaging 11 points per game.
Georgia reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament in each of Chambers' four seasons there, and got as far as the Elite 8 in 2004. A Southeastern Conference All-Freshman team selection in 2004, Chambers was a second-team All-SEC pick as a junior and as a senior.
After her career at Georgia, Chambers was drafted in the second round of the 2007 WNBA draft by the Connecticut Sun. She played one season with the Sun before playing overseas for Shelen ETK Basket Club in Russia and S-dent Sierre Basket Club in Switzerland.
Chambers is 2007 graduate of Georgia, earning a Bachelor's degree in business administration and management from the Terry School of Business.  Currently, she is pursuing her master's degree in Public Administration