Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Hofstra Alumnus Brad Gerstman
Brad Gerstman: Stony Brook University –King of Long Island
The rising achievement of Stony Brook University’s athletic department under the leadership of Hofstra football alumni and athletic director, Jim Fiore, has only just begun. After being named Under Armour Northeast Region Athletic Director of the Year by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, (NACDA) Fiore is continuing to solidify Stony Brook’s competitive position within college athletics on a national level. Yet in the wake of such success, it is necessary to consider the ironic relationship that exists between the growing athletic program of Stony Brook and the failing decline of local rival, Hofstra University.
This spring season Stony Brook made national headlines as the men’s baseball team became the first New York program to attend the College World Series since 1980. Though the team may not have championed the series, they undeniably earned countrywide recognition for their impressive performance and budding athletic department. With a record of seven student athletes drafted to play professionally, Stony Brook’s athletic program is not only setting the bar for college athletics, but also molding young talent for the highest level of competition. At this rate, it is safe to say that this is only the beginning for Fiore and his eager band of athletes and staff.
In discussing both athletic departments, it is only fair to remember the once overwhelming success of Hofstra University. With division 1 sports teams comprised of some of Long Island’s most promising athletes, the Hempstead turnpike institution once represented the best of the best here on Long Island. Fans from towns throughout the state came to see each of Hofstra’s athletic squads rival many of the finest programs in the nation. Jim Fiore is but one of countless Hofstra student-athletes who were bred for achievement through the thriving athletic department. Now in his ninth year as acting athletic director, Jim has worked hard to quietly build Stony Brook athletics into a flourishing program, undoubtedly outshining that of his alma mater.
So what is responsible for the inverse relationship of success between both Long Island Universities? One may attribute the transformation to a game-changing year for both programs. For Stony Brook, 2003 was the year that Jim Fiore began what has since grown to be an impressively successful journey of evolution and achievement, in pursuit of a permanent position as New York’s first dominant state school. For Hofstra, it was something much different. 2003 marked the beginning of a turbulent nine years. Tarnished by the termination of a once prosperous football program and scattered with continued inconsistency, the Hofstra University athletic department has produced confusion, turbulence and a merry-go-round of coaching and leadership. In less then a decade, Hofstra men’s basketball has seen the likes of four head coaches, and most recently, the men’s baseball coach chose to depart from the University before the commencement of this year’s season. Now onto its second athletic director, Hofstra is licking its wounds while preceding director, Jack Hayes, has fled to a less competitive program at Brown University.
The irony here lies not just in the changing tides of these two rival schools, but also in the leadership of Long Island’s newly crowned king. Jim Fiore, a successful example of what was an inspiring institution, has now helped to crown an unlikely successor. Stony Brook’s commitment has proven successful through a visionary leader, while Hofstra is scrambling to regain an athletic identity.
-Bradley Gerstman, Esq.
STONY BROOK'S run to the COLLEGE WORLD SERIES and Lucy Van Dalen finish 1-2 in America East Fan Vote
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- Arguably the greatest moment in America East history, Stony Brook's run to the College World Series in June is the league's 2011-12 America East Moment of the Year as voted on by AmericaEastfans through its Facebook page.
Stony Brook's accomplishment received 141 votes, 38 percent of the 373 votes cast in the second year of the award. Lucy Van Dalen winning an NCAA title in the indoor mile received the second-most votes with 32 percent of the total. Twelve America East baseball standouts getting selected in the 2012 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, a high for the conference, garnered six percent of the vote and was third.
The Seawolves' baseball team dominated during the regular season and conference tournament, capturing its second league title in three years and earning an NCAA berth. That dominance continued at the Coral Gables Regional as the Seawolves scored 50 runs in five games and won three straight elimination contests to earn a date at 7th-seeded LSU in the Best-of-Three Super Regional. After losing a heartbreaker in the first game of the series, Stony Brook outscored the Tigers 10-3 in the next two games to again avoid elimination and became the first America East team to advance to the College World Series. The Seawolves ended their season with 52 wins, the most the country, and ranked 7th nationally.
The America East unveiled 12 nominees for the award viavideo capsules earlier this summer and fans voted for their favorite Moment of the Year by liking the corresponding video on Facebook. Voting ran from July 25-August 6.
Stony Brook, N.Y. - In conjunction with the Department of Athletics, the Stony Brook University Alumni Association has announced its tailgating information for the September 29 game at Army. The Seawolves will take on the Black Knights at Michie Stadium at 12 p.m.
There are three pricing options which fans can choose from - tailgate and ticket for $50, tailgate only for $25 and game ticket only for $32.
The pre-game tailgate will take place from 9:45 to 11:45 a.m. Prior to the tailgate, fans are encouraged to watch a cadet parade on The Plains at 9 a.m.
Season tickets for Stony Brook football home games start at only $66. To purchase, visit GoSeawolves.org or call (631) 632-WOLF.
Monday, August 6, 2012
Anxious to pick up where they left off last season, Stony Brook's football players arrived well ahead of schedule for their first official practice. The warm summer sun did not seem to slow the tempo during Monday's fast-paced workout in LaValle Stadium.
"Everybody was on the field 45 minutes early,'' coach Chuck Priore said, "so obviously they were excited about being here."
Perhaps it is because the team is driven. The Seawolves are coming off their first appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs, beating Albany in the first round last season before losing to then-top ranked and undefeated Sam Houston, 34-27, in the second round.
"The last time we were on the field we lost a game in the last minute of the fourth quarter,'' Priore said of that outcome. "You lose a game in the last minute of the fourth quarter, you've got to change that. You change that by practicing hard and being prepared, working the little things because at the end of the day the little things cost you games.''
Priore made that point clear Sunday night when his players arrived on campus.
Said offensive lineman Michael Bamiro: "We learned that we're a resilient team and that we can stack up with any of the best teams out there if we put our hearts into it, if we put our minds into our plays, if we focus on it.''
Expectations are high for a team that is loaded on offense -- keyed by running backs Miguel Maysonet and Iowa transfer Marcus Coker --and the probability that this is the university's last season in the Big South Conference, which the Seawolves are favored to win. Sources last week said Stony Brook will join the Colonial Athletic Association after this season. An official announcement is imminent.
Coker did not see much difference in the I-A practice world he left at Iowa, saying, "Pretty much same type of practice, intensity the same, skill level is the exact same. There really isn't much of a difference. You can just see in practice how everybody is hyped up, amped for this season.''
The beginning has been structured to yield a very meaningful end to the season.
"I think this team is ready to handle the notion that we should strive for goals that are expected of the best teams in the country,'' Priore said.
Maysonet added, "Our expectations are basically to win. We obviously want to build on what we did last year and go further into the playoffs and at the end of the day we want to win the national championship, but it all starts here. We have to prepare ourselves better than we did last year so we can make it further.''
London, England - By virtue of a 4:07.04, Lucy Van Dalen '12 advanced to the semifinals of the 1,500m at the 2012 London Olympics. Van Dalen finished eighth in heat one, but her time was good enough for Wednesday's semis.
The top six in each of the three heats plus the next best six times advanced.
Van Dalen is the lone representative from New Zealand in the 1,500.
The semifinals will be at 2:45 EST. Of the 24 remaining athletes, Van Dalen competed against the USA's Jenny Simpson and Shannon Rowbury, and Canada's Nicole Sifuentes at the Millrose Games last February.
Lucy Van Dalen '12 STONY BROOK has qualified for the semifinals in the Olympic 1500! Her time of 4:07.04 was among top 24 to advance. -- WUSB Sports Radio (@WUSBSportsRadio)
Sunday, August 5, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook football team will report to campus Sunday evening for the start of preseason practice. Practice officially will begin Monday with an 8:45 a.m. workout.
Head Coach Chuck Priore will hold 24 practices in August, including a scrimmage at Sachem North High School on August 11 at 3:30 p.m.
All practices will be held at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium and are open to the public.
Stony Brook, picked to win the Big South Conference, will open the 2012 season at home for the first time since 2008. The Seawolves will host former Northeast Conference rival CCSU on Saturday, September 1st...Pregame show on WUSB begins at 5:45 pm
Friday, August 3, 2012
Thursday, August 2, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - On Thursday, Aug. 2, Stony Brook University Athletics will host FREE "Movie Night" presented by Team Ardolino and Realty Connect USA at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium at 7 p.m (no raindate scheduled). The gates will open at 6:30 p.m. Admission for all spectators is FREE.The 3rd Annual FREE "Movie Night" will feature a presentation of the Universal Pictures film Dr. Seuss' "The Lorax" (PG) on the stadium jumbo video board. Concessions will be available and spectators will be able to watch the movie from the stands or on the stadium field.Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs or beach towels to watch the movie from the field of LaValle Stadium.For more information on FREE "Movie Night", call 631-632-WOLF.