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Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook University Head Men’s Basketball Coach Steve Pikiell and his wife, Kate, have generously donated $50,000 back to the university, with $25,000 going towards the men’s basketball program and $25,000 going towards Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital, Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore announced Thursday. Pikiell’s donation is the largest ever given by an active staff member of Stony Brook Athletics.
The $25,000 going towards the Children’s Hospital will be matched dollar for dollar by an anonymous donor to the Children’s Hospital, bringing the total value of the gift to $75,000.
The Pikiells, who are residents of Stony Brook and active participants in the Three Village community, have four children, Brooke (13), John Patrick (11), Olivia (9) and Kevin (6).
“Stony Brook University means so much to my family and me,” Pikiell said. “For us, it was the obvious decision to give back to the university, the hospital and the community that have given so much to our family. We love living in Stony Brook, love engaging with the Three Village Community and love being a part of Seawolves Athletics. As a University, we have come so far, so fast and we truly are headed towards even bigger and brighter successes; and I could not be more excited to be a part of it.”
“I want to thank Steve and Kate for their tremendous generosity,” Fiore said. “Coach Pikiell’s donation on behalf of his family is just the latest example of the exceptional leadership he displays each and every day. Not only is he a very talented coach and mentor, but he is also an incredible ambassador for our university and an integral part of our community. My hope is that the Pikiells’ generosity, along with that of many others who continue to be so supportive of our efforts, will help to foster new gifts from our constituents as we continue the upward trajectory of Stony Brook Athletics.”
“Stony Brook Children’s truly appreciates Coach Pikiell’s generous support,” said Dr. Margaret McGovern, Physician-in-Chief of Stony Brook Long Island Children’s Hospital. “The children’s hospital and Stony Brook Athletics often have an opportunity to partner to raise awareness and funds to fight childhood diseases; this gift from Coach Pikiell and his family was unexpected and we are grateful that when making this gift he thought of the smallest and most vulnerable patients here at Stony Brook.”
Pikiell, who recently signed a contract extension through the 2016-17 season, is heading into his eighth season as head coach and has been at the helm of a basketball renaissance at Stony Brook. Over the last three seasons, the Seawolves have posted a pair of 20-win seasons, won the America East regular season championship twice, advanced to the America East Championship final in back-to-back seasons and appeared in the prestigious National Invitation Tournament (NIT) twice.
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A two-time, All-America East second team selection, Koehler finished his four-year Stony Brook career second in program history in innings pitched (293.1) and third in strikeouts (297). He was a part of the 2008 America East Championship winning team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Saturday, September 1, 2012
There's excitement about where the Stony Brook football program has been, coming off its first appearance in the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs last season, and where it's headed, shifting from the Big South to the CAA next season.
But while the past may be memorable and the future bright, the Seawolves showed in their season opener Saturday night that the present is promising.
Miguel Maysonet ran for 172 yards on 16 carries, scoring three touchdowns, and the Seawolves racked up 489 yards of total offense as they beat Central Connecticut, 49-17, in a non-conference game in front of 6,094 at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium.
Speaking of time, the Seawolves used very little of it on three first-quarter scoring drives that totaled three plays and 34 seconds.
After Central Connecticut punter Greg Migdal caught a low snap with his knee down, Stony Brook was awarded the ball at the 4-yard line. On the next play, Iowa transfer Marcus Coker -- who finished second in the Big Ten in rushing last season -- barreled up the middle and into the end zone just 4:39 into the game for his first Stony Brook touchdown.
On the first play from scrimmage on the Seawolves' next possession, Kyle Essington connected with Kevin Norrell for an 89-yard touchdown pass, the second longest in Stony Brook's Division I history, for a 14-0 lead.
Then, for the third consecutive possession, it took the Seawolves only one snap to find the end zone. Maysonet took a sweep left, got a block from lineman Mike Lisi, hurdled a helpless defender on the turf and ran 84 yards for a 21-0 lead with 3:31 left in the first quarter. The run was the longest in Stony Brook's D-I history.
"I didn't know that Lisi was going to cut the dude," Maysonet said. "So I was kind of hesitant, and once he cut him, I didn't have a choice but to jump over him."
Maysonet also caught a 25-yard touchdown pass and scored on a 5-yard run in the third quarter. It was the sixth time he scored at least three touchdowns in a game. The senior moved into fourth place on the Big South's all-time rushing list with 2,933 career yards.
Essington completed 9 of 17 passes for 188 yards with one interception and three touchdowns, including a 19-yarder to Adrian Coxson to make it 42-10.
Coker rushed for 75 yards on 19 carries.
Central Connecticut was held to 64 passing yards. Quarterback Andrew Clements rushed for 132 yards, including touchdown runs of 25 and 50 yards.
Stony Brook linebacker Jawara Dudley had seven tackles, three for a loss, and two sacks.
"I was really impressed with our defensive team speed and ability to make plays," Stony Brook coach Chuck Priore said. "The option stuff will get you with responsibility football every once in a while. A guy didn't fill his gap on the long run . . . We created a lot of negative plays and that's really the exciting part of that."
So what are these Seawolves capable of this season?
"We're definitely going to take it one game at a time, but I definitely see big things in the future," Essington said. "I don't know about everyone else, but me personally, I have my eyes set on a national championship."
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Senior Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead, N.Y.) totaled 196 yards of total offense and three scores and senior Kyle Essington (Chino Hills, Calif.) passed for 188 yards and three touchdowns as the Stony Brook football team topped Central Connecticut, 49-17, in the season opener for both teams.
Maysonet ran for scores of 84 and five yards and caught a 25-yard TD. Essington also threw a TD pass to senior Kevin Norrell (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Adrian Coxson (Baltimore, Md.).
Coach Chuck Priore's reaction
"It was a good win in a good atmosphere. I thought our defense played really fast early on. Overall, we played our brand of football."
Miguel Maysonet's comments
On the 84-yard TD run ... (Mike) Lisi made a nice block, and as I saw the defender coming at me, I leaped over him. I kind of got tired at the end, but Adrian Coxson helped me into the end zone.
Kyle Essington's comments
On having a two-back system ... Having guys like Miguel and Marcus (Coker) really relieves a lot of pressure on myself. We have a lot of returners and playmakers, so my job is to get the ball to them and let them make plays.
- 1st Q Marcus Coker 4-yard run (Graham Ball kick), 1-4, 0:06, SBU 7 - CCSU 0
- 1st Q Kevin Norrell 89-yard pass from Kyle Essington (Ball kick), 1-89, 0:13, SBU 14 - CCSU 0
- 1st Q Miguel Maysonet 84-yard run (Ball kick), 1-84, 0:15, SBU 21 - CCSU 0
- 2nd Q Juan Duque 37-yard FG, 12-29, 5:36, SBU 21 - CCSU 3
- 2nd Q Andrew Clements 28-yard run, (Duque kick), 8-69, 4:28, SBU 21 - CCSU 10
- 2nd Q Maysonet 25-yard pass from Essington (Ball kick), 6-55, 1:31, SBU 28 - CCSU 10
- 3rd Q Maysonet 5-yard run (Ball kick), 12-79, 5:20, SBU 35 - CCSU 10
- 3rd Q Adrian Coxson 19-yard pass from Essington (Ball kick), 7-44, 3:26, SBU 42 - CCSU 10
- 4th Q Clements 50-yard run (Duque kick), 6-76, 2:05, SBU 42 - CCSU 17
- 4th Q Jamie Williams 8-yard run (Ball kick), 12-71, 6:15 SBU 49 - CCSU 17
- The three TDs for Maysonet was the sixth time he's recorded at least three scores in a game.
- Maysonet's 84-yard run was the longest in Stony Brook's Division I history.
- Essington's 89-yard TD pass to Norrell is a new LaValle Stadium record.
- Sophomore Graham Ball made all seven of his PATs in his Division I debut.
- The Seawolves recorded 14 tackles for loss. Jawara Dudley and Dominick Reyes had three apiece.
- Clements recorded 103 of Central Connecticut's 216 yards of total offense.
- Tonight's victory was the first season-opening win for Stony Brook since 2008. 2008 also was the last time the Seawolves opened the season at home (42-26 over Colgate).
- All three of Stony Brook's touchdowns in the first quarter came on the first play of the drive.
- Stony Brook is 8-3 all-time vs. Central Connecticut. It has never lost at home.
- Stony Brook hosts Pace, a Division II school from the Northeast-10 Conference. Pace fell to Bentley, 42-0, in its opener.