Stony Brook announces staff promotions & new hires

Jim Fiore

Aug. 30, 2012

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore has announced additions and promotions to his staff that will continue to enhance Stony Brook Department of Athletics and the student-athlete experience. The department has promoted three full-time staff members and welcomed five new members to the External Services and Student-Athlete Development offices.

"As Seawolves Athletics continues to achieve unprecedented success, we must continue to invest in our staff and our human resources," Fiore said. "Promoting several outstanding and deserving staff members and adding talented personnel to our External Services and Student-Athlete Development offices will further enhance Stony Brook Athletics' commitment to meeting the high standard of success we expect in all facets of the student-athlete experience."

Stephen Clacherty, who has served as Stony Brook's Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance since March 2009, has been promoted to Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance. He currently oversees all aspects of NCAA compliance for each of Stony Brook's 20 sport programs, serves as sport supervisor for men's & women's swimming & diving, and is the department contact with the university's Admission, Registrar and Financial Aid offices. In his expanded role, Clacherty will oversee the area of Sports Medicine and will also serve as a member of the Management Team where he will be called upon to provide valuable insight to the Director of Athletics and the Senior Staff on all issues affecting the Department of Athletics.

Vincent Accardi, who began his Stony Brook career as the Coordinator of Marketing & Ticketing Operations in 2010, has been promoted to Director of Corporate Sales & Ticketing Operations. Accardi will continue to oversee Stony Brook's ticketing operations while also assuming responsibility for all aspects of corporate sales, including establishing relationships with local and regional businesses in the effort to generate revenue for the department.

Chris Murray '10, who previously was an External Services graduate assistant, has been promoted to the full-time position of Manager of Athletic Marketing. Murray will be responsible for marketing athletics events to the university community and surrounding community at large and overseeing Stony Brook's fan experience, which includes managing video board productions at Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium. In 2012, Murray was responsible for all marketing efforts, including the NCAA Women's Lacrosse Championship. Murray earned his bachelor's degree in Biology from Stony Brook in 2010.

Joining the External Services staff are Christina Rondeau as Coordinator of Marketing & Ticketing Operations and Jordan Triphan as Manager of Ticket sales & Fan Development.

Rondeau joins Stony Brook after one year as an Account Executive at Providence College, where she managed all ticket operations for women's basketball home games, managed will call at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for PC's men's basketball home games and oversaw the ticket office's student workers. She also worked as a ticket sales representative and marketing and sales intern while earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing at Providence. Rondeau will be responsible for all aspects of ticketing operations at Stony Brook.

Triphan joins Stony Brook through the department's partnership with PMI College, which is assisting Stony Brook with outbound ticket sales. She will be responsible for generating new season ticket holders for Stony Brook's four ticketed sports - football, men's & women's basketball and men's lacrosse. Triphan comes to Stony Brook after earning her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Marketing Communications at Illinois State University and working a sports marketing internship at Heartland Community College Athletics.

Joining the Student-Athlete Development office as Academic Advisors are Joseph Robinson, Laura Matuza '07 and Heather Dixon '12.

Robinson has worked on the Stony Brook campus since July 2007 as a College Advisor in Stony Brook's Undergraduate Colleges. In that role, Robinson coordinated initiatives that have led to an 89 percent first-year retention rate at Stony Brook, the highest in school history. He also coordinated one-on-one advising for over 300 first-year students across all majors and provided outreach to his at-risk students. In addition, Robinson established social and educational programming for students and worked with the school's Disability Support Services to assist students with special needs. Also a member of the faculty, Robinson taught seminars to first-year students as well as a Human Development Practicum course. He has also designed curriculum for those courses and trained undergraduate fellows and teaching assistants for them. In his new role with Stony Brook Athletics, Robinson will oversee the development, assessment and implementation of academic advising services for the women's lacrosse, baseball, men's & women's tennis and men's & women's track & field teams. Robinson earned both his bachelor's degree (Political Science, 2005) and master's degree (Historical Studies, 2007) from Southern Illinois University.

Matuza comes to Stony Brook with teaching and tutoring experience, and will be an assistant academic advisor to the Seawolves football team. She currently serves as a tutor at the Huntington Learning Center where she prepares college-bound students to take the ACT/SAT exams and assists them in developing reading and writing skills. She also is an English Language Arts tutor at Smithtown High School East, where she co-manages the learning center for struggling ninth and tenth graders and assists students on a one-on-one basis. Previously, Matuza was an English teacher at Nesaquake Middle School and Smithtown High School East. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from Binghamton University in 2005 and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Stony Brook University in 2007.

Dixon has served as a tutor in Stony Brook Athletics since September 2011, specializing in political science, and now will assist as an academic advisor to the Seawolves men's & women's basketball teams. As a tutor, she helped students understand the curriculum and homework assignments through weekly review sessions and study guides. Dixon recently completed her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science at Stony Brook University. During her undergraduate career, she was an on-campus fitness center attendant for two years and served two internships at Software Marketing Associates in Rocky Hill, Conn., where she assisted in the organization and execution of customer contracts.