A veteran of 26 years as a Division I head coach, Nick Macarchuk enters his sixth season at the helm of the Seawolves in 2004-05. Coming off an impressive end to last season, he appears to have his team poised to challenge the top programs in the America East Conference.
At The Brook During his five years at SBU, Macarchuk has revitalized the Stony Brook basketball program and has it poised to climb the America East ladder. Last season, although the Seawolves struggled through the regular season and qualified for the America East tournament as a No. 8 seed, Macarchuk had them ready for prime time in the tournament. The Seawolves easily handled UMBC in the first round which set the stage against No. 1 seed and regular season champ Boston University which had won 11 games in a row. Stony Brook stunned BU with a 62-58 win. It was the first time a No. 8 seed defeated a No. 1 seed in 14 years and advanced Stony Brook to the America East semifinals, the deepest the Brook has ever advanced in the tournament.
The tournament run is indicative of how far the program has come under Macarchuk's leadership. After an impressive 17-11 mark in its final season as an independent in 2000-01, the Seawolves stumbled in their inaugural season of America East action before rebounding in 2002-03 as one of the most improved teams in the conference. During that season, Macarchuk's troops put together a five-game conference win streak and went on to knock off defending champ BU at home.
Macarchuk turned around a 6-23 record in SBU's first Division I season into a final 17-11 mark in 2000-01. The .607 winning percentage was the best record for a Stony Brook basketball team since a 17-10 (.610) effort in the 1991-92 season. Under his tuteluge, the Seawolves enjoyed a seven-game winning streak and a late run for a bid to the National Invitation Tournament. In addition to an outstanding team performance, there was much individual recognition to go around. In 2001, then Stony Brook senior center Leon Brisport was named First-Team All-Independent and then went on to be recognized as one of the Top 20 players in the N.Y. Metropolitan area by the N.Y. Basketball Writers Association by being named a Second-Team All-Star on a team that included Anthony Glover of St. John's. In the spring of 2002, D.J. Munir became the second Stony Brook player in as many years to earn All-Met recognition by being selected as a Third-Team All-Star in April of 2002. Munir was named to the third team again in 2004.
Injuries and a tough road schedule hampered the Seawolves in 2001-02, but Macarchuk had his guys on the upward climb by the end of the season. Stony Brook closed last season by winning three of its last five games and made its first postseason appearance in five years, squaring off against Vermont in the first round of the America East tournament.
Experience Macarchuk is a veteran of 26 years of Division I experience, accumulating 352 career wins and five NCAA postseason appearances in his 26 seasons as a head coach. On June 10, 1999, he became the ninth coach in Stony Brook men's basketball history.
Macarchuk has brought a wealth of experience to the Seawolves' sideline having established himself as one of the most successful and well-respected coaches in college basketball. For 12 years, he guided Fordham to three NIT bids (1988, 1990, 1991) and a trip to the NCAA tournament in 1992.
Macarchuk began his coaching career at St. Thomas More Preparatory School where he compiled a nine-year record of 155-48 and led his team to three New England Prep School Championships (1969, 1970, 1971). He coached many collegiate players, including Providence College All-American Ernie DiGregorio, during his stay at St. Thomas More.
His success at St. Thomas More landed him a job on Dave Gavitt's staff as an assistant at Providence College in 1972. During the next five years, Macarchuk was part of one of the great eras in New England college basketball history, as the Friars made NCAA Tournament appearances in 1973, 1974 and 1977. In 1973, Providence made it to the NCAA Final Four and finished in the Top 10 in both the 1973 and 1974 campaigns.
Following the 1977 season, Macarchuk left Providence to take over a struggling Canisius program. After posting a 9-17 record in his first season, he led the Golden Griffins to three straight near .500 finishes before a 19-8 breakthrough year in 1981-82. Over the next five years, the Golden Griffins averaged 17 wins a season, making it to the National Invitation Tournament in 1985, its first postseason appearance in 28 years. He compiled a 149-128 record in 10 seasons and coached four NBA draft picks. In 1990, he was inducted into the Canisius College Hall of Fame.
Macarchuk took over the Fordham program in 1987 after the school had suffered its first back-to-back losing seasons in 10 years. In his first season, the Rams went 18-15, making the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament finals and qualifying for the NIT. Fordham's success continued in the upcoming years as they again went to the NIT in 1990 and won the inaugural Patriot League Championship in 1991 while advancing to the second round of the NIT. In 1992, the Rams repeated as Patriot League champs and advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1970-71. The bid marked the first time in Macarchuk's career that his team qualified for the NCAA tournament.
In 1995, Fordham made the unprecedented move from the non-scholarship Patriot League to the Atlantic-10 Conference, one of the top eight basketball conferences in the country. Macarchuk led the Rams to a 12-15 record in his final season at Fordham, its best mark since making the jump to the Atlantic-10, earning 1998-99 Atlantic-10 Coach of the Year honors for that performance. His exploits on the court have earned Macarchuk numerous coaching honors. Among his awards are seven league or district "Coach of the Year" awards, three at Canisius and four at Fordham.
Background A 1963 graduate of Fairfield University, the 6-4 forward was a two-time All-East selection (1962, 1963) with the Stags. He scored 1,217 points in just 73 games, while grabbing 942 rebounds. He still ranks 14th in scoring and third in rebounding in Fairfield basketball history. The senior captain graduated with a business degree in 1963 and was later inducted into the Fairfield Hall of Fame in 1987. He was also inducted into the Canisius Hall of Fame and recently was honored by the St. Thomas More School at its annual Founder's Dinner on October 19, 2002. In September of 2004, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame, his third Hall of Fame honor.
Macarchuk is also a very active member of the community, appearing at speaking engagementd throughout the tri-state area to promote Stony Brook and the sport of basketball. He has teamed with Hofstra head coach Tom Pecora to host the annual Coaches for Cancer Golf Outing on Long Island each summer.
Macarchuk is a native of Norwich, Connecticut and currently lives in Mt. Sinai, New York. He and his wife Patricia have three children: Nick III, Chris and Patrick.