Football Takes Center Stage
Head coach Chuck Priore welcomes the student-athletes to campus on August 4 to begin preparation for the 2016 season
Harrison Jackson will join the Seawolves as a graduate after a four-year undergraduate career at Boston College
Forecast for Fall: Success
Mason Zimmerman, a transfer from Maryland, will join the Seawolves as a redshirt freshman
Stony Brook's football team held the end-of-the-season Grant Family Banquet inside the Island Federal Credit Union on campus Sunday afternoon. Head coach Chuck Priore, who completed his 10th season, spoke about the 2015 campaign and handed out the team's awards.
Stony Brook vs. Army - AP Photos - 09/29/12
Since becoming Stony Brook’s head football coach in the spring of 2006, Chuck Priore’s tenure can be described as an usher. He’s ushered the Seawolves through two conferences (Northeast and Big South), and for the past three seasons, CAA Football. During that time, Priore has ushered the program to the upper echelon of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), guiding SBU from 20 scholarships to a fully-funded program of 63 scholarship, the maximum allowed at the FCS level.
Priore ushered Stony Brook to the upper echelon of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In 2012, the Seawolves hosted and won a playoff game and advanced to the second round of the Division I Football Championship.
The season featured a number of milestones - Stony Brook beat Army, 23-3, for its first win over an FBS program; Miguel Maysonet finished as the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player, was named to a program-record seven All-America Teams and became the first SBU football player to be invited to the NFL Combine.
Stony Brook, which won a program-best 10 wins, moved to the Colonial Athletic Association, considered the "SEC" of FCS football.
For his efforts, Priore was named AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the year, and earned a contract extension through the 2017 season.
Priore led Stony Brook to unprecedented success in his sixth season. Stony Brook won the Big South title outright and advanced to the second round of the Division I Football Championship. Along the way, the Seawolves enjoyed a nine-game winning streak, including seven straight wins with 40 points or more.
The Seawolves were honored with multiple All-America selections, including Brock Jackolski's distinction as the all-purpose player on AFCA FCS Coaches All-America team. The offense totaled 494 points in 13 games, ranking first in FCS in scoring average.
2010 marked a second-straight share of the conference title. Eight different players earned all-conference, including five first-team selections. Maysonet and Jackolski became the only duo in Division I to rush for more than 1,000 yards as Stony Brook rushed for more than 200 yards seven times.
After just a second season in the Big South, Priore guided the Seawolves to a share of the Big South Championship with a thrilling 36-33 victory over #16 Liberty. The Championship was the fifth in 10 season as a head coach. Seven different players earned All-Big South honors, including Tyler Santucci's selection as the Defensive Player of the Year.
Priore's third season at the Stony Brook helm was a historic one as the team played its first season as a member of the Big South Conference. He guided Stony Brook to a second-place finish in its first year in the league and saw his team garner four all-conference selections as well as the league's Rookie of the Year, Eddie Gowins. The Seawolves broke a number of school rushing records, was the only FCS team with two backs gaining over 1,000 yards and finished ninth in the nation in rushing as a team.
In just his second season and against the toughest schedule Stony Brook has ever had, he led the team to a 6-5 record in 2007. In his first season at the helm of the Stony Brook football program, Priore guided the Seawolves to a 5-6 overall record, including a 5-2 mark in their final season in the Northeast Conference. Two of his athletes garnered all-NEC honors, one was Defensive Rookie of the Year, and one, quarterback Josh Dudash, was named the Stony Brook University Male Athlete of the Year. Under Priore's guidance, the Seawolves gained over 1,300 yards on the ground and nearly 2,500 yards in the air. In addition, the Seawolves led the conference in passing offense and red zone offense, putting points on the board in 24 out of 27 visits.
Priore was named the second head football coach in Stony Brook Football history on December 10, 2005. He came to Stony Brook after compiling an impressive 39-9 record in six seasons at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut where he led the Bantams to four consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) titles and a 30-game winning streak, the longest active winning streak in the country at the time. The three-time NESCAC Coach of the Year, Priore guided Trinity to a No. 1 ranking in New England, four straight conference titles and three consecutive undefeated seasons, going 31-1 during that four-year stretch. For two straight years (2004-05) he was named the America Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division III Region I Coach of the Year.
During his six years at Trinity, he elevated the program to new heights, implementing a new, exciting, and prolific offensive system that produced some of the top performances in the region. The Bantams boasted five All-America selections on the offensive line in as many seasons and sent players to the AFCA Senior Aztec Bowl in Mexico against a Mexican All-Star team four times. In 2005, Trinity's defensive unit led the nation in total defense and boasted the NESCAC Defensive Player of the Year while three members of the team landed NESCAC All-Academic honors.
The Bantams' winning streak was the subject of a one-hour documentary, which was broadcast nationally on College Sports Television (CSTV). The program focused on the Trinity football game against Williams College, which the Bantams won, 34-6, to break the New England Division III win streak record of 23 victories.
Prior to Trinity, Priore served as the offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania from 1992 to 1999. During Priore's tenure at Penn, the Quakers compiled an impressive record of 52-27, including three Ivy League titles and a 24-game winning streak. In 1998, the Penn offense set a school record for points in a season with 297. Penn also produced two NFL players on the offensive side of the ball under Priore; wide receiver Miles Macik who played for the Detroit Lions, and tailback Jim Finn has seen action for the Indianapolis Colts, the Chicago Bears and the New York Giants.
Before arriving at Penn, Priore was the offensive coordinator and strength coach at Union College in Schenectady, N.Y. While at Union, the Dutchmen posted three undefeated seasons, three NCAA playoff appearances and a trip to the NCAA Division III Amos Alonzo Stagg Championship Bowl game in 1989.
Before joining Union's staff in 1987, Priore was the running backs and strength coach at the University at Albany, his alma mater, from 1983 to 1986. He also served as the head lacrosse coach at both Union and Albany.
In his playing days at Albany, Priore was the starting fullback for three seasons and the team captain as a senior. In 1982, Priore was presented the Spud Kruzan Award as Albany's Outstanding Athlete. Priore earned his undergraduate degree in 1982 and his master's in business education from Albany in 1985.
Priore is a native of Long Beach, N.Y. and graduated from Maria Regina High School.
101-61 (.623) as a head coach
62-52 (.544) at Stony Brook