Following his retirement at the conclusion of the 2005 season as the head football coach, Sam Kornhauser is now working as an athletics advancement officer in the Stony Brook University Office of Advancement. Kornhauser has been actively involved in multiple roles in the athletic department as he has been instrumental in cultivating and re-engaging alumni. Kornhauser has researched alumni and organized events throughout the Long Island area as well as being the primary contact and organizer for the Stony Brook Athletics golf outings.
The first coach in Stony Brook varsity football history, Kornhauser guided the football program through its transition from Division III status to the NCAA Division I level durinig his 22 years at the helm. In his final year in 2005, he led the Seawolves to their first-ever NEC title punctuated with a dramatic come-from-behind win over Central Connecticut in the conference finale.
During his final four years as head coach, SB's winning mark was the product of an aggressive football team that puts points on the board. In that time, Stony Brook's offense has been one of the most prolific in the NEC and last year saw first-team all-conference quarterback T.J. Moriarty set a university single-season passing record with 2,495 yards. Moriarty was a two-time first-team pick and one of three Seawolves who went on to play professionally after graduation. Moriarty and three-time all-conference David Charles hooked on with different teams in Austria while the NEC's and Stony Brook's all-time sack leader, David Bamiro, signed a free agrent contract with the Minnesota Vikings. In 2004, the Seawolves drew an average crowd of over 5,000 people to LaValle Stadium for each home game, helping the NEC set a new attendance mark.
In the wake of the grand opening of LaValle Stadium, Kornhauser guided Stony Brook to its most successful season in the program's history in 2002, closing the year with a five-game winning streak to finish with an 8-2 mark. The eight wins represented the most compiled by any team in his tenure as coach and the 5-2 conference mark was the best since SB joined the NEC in 1999.
The Seawolves outstanding play did not go unnoticed as the team made its first appearance in the Sports Network Top 10 Mid Major Poll, climbing all the way up to No. 4 by season's end. A school record seven of his players received All-NEC recognition and two of them went on to garner Division I-AA Mid Major All-America honors.
He was a versatile coach, able to adjust his game plan to suit the talent of his team. In the 1980s, Stony Brook was known as a team with a tough, stingy defense and an offense with a strong ground attack that would attempt to control time of possession. In recent seasons, SB has become much more wide open offensively, as the talent at quarterback and wide receiver has permitted Kornhauser and his coaching staff to stretch the field and force opposing defenses to defend a much larger area.
Kornhauser is a four-time Stony Brook Men's Athletics Coach of the Year selection, earning the award after the 2003, 1996, 1993 and 1988 campaigns. In May of 2004, he was presented with the Johnny Vaught Award by the All-American Football Foundation for his outstanding performance in football.
Kornhauser was also honored in 1995 by the Metropolitan Chapter of the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football officials with its Metro Award for his undying efforts to the game of college football.
In addition to his coaching duties he also served as the Men's Athletic Director for three years. A member of the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) since 1979, he is the past chairman of the District I AFCA All-American committee, served on the AFCA Summer Manual Committee and is presently is on the AFCA Public Relations Committee. Kornhauser is the Director of the Stony Brook Football Camp (a summer football clinic) and he is a guest lecturer and instructor at numerous football clinics across the Northeast.
Kornhauser has had over 10 articles published during his coaching career. He wrote an article entitled "Stony Brook Seawolves: Easy as III, II, I-AA" for the AFCA 2000 Summer Manual. In 1997, the Eastbay Football Coaches clinic asked him to participate in the Science of Coaching Video Lecture Series, which produced two tapes for sale. One detailed the one-back passing game at SBU while the other highlighted the one-back running game at SBU. All proceeds from the sales go to the "Make a Wish Foundation."
Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Kornhauser was the defensive coordinator at Norwich University for four years. While at Norwich, Kornhauser's defenses were known for pressure and movement. In addition to his college coaching experience, he has also held high school coaching positions in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Nome, Ala. He spent his first five years out of college as a teacher and assistant football coach at his high school alma mater Brooklyn Tech before leaving to take a new coaching position in Alaska. While in Alaska, Coach K was the head coach of the Nome-Beltz High School boys' basketball team. In his first season, he led the Nanooks to a 23-3 record and a trip to the state championship game.
Kornhauser is a 1971 graduate of Missouri Valley College, where he was twice selected as an All-Conference offensive tackle and was named an NAIA District 16 All-Star. The Vikings were nationally ranked during Kornhauser's senior season. He earned his master's of science in exercise physiology from Southern Illinois in 1972 and a C.A.S. degree from the University of Vermont in 1982.
Kornhauser currently resides in East Setauket with his wife Pam, who teaches English as a Second Language in the Islip school district. The Kornhausers have two daughters, Sarah and Rachel. Sarah lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., and is a guidance counselor for the High School of Social Justice. Rachel works as an assistant canvas director for the Fund for Public Interest Research.