Stony Brook returns many key components on special teams for the 2016 season
Priore hands out team awards; names 2013 captains
Facts and figures on Stony Brook Football's new home in 2013.
A new era of Stony Brook Football in the premier FCS conference to begin in 2013.
Tony Thompson is in his eighth season on the Stony Brook staff, and works solely with the special teams.
During Thompson's time as the special team's coordinator, Nick Ferrara earned first team All-CAA honors at punter in 2013, and the Seawolves ranked first in the conference in kickoff coverage.
Thompson worked extensively with the team's outside linebackers prior to taking over the special teams. During his time with the OLB he helped Dan Mulrooney and Christian Ricard become the team's most sure tacklers.
Under the tutelage of Thompson, Grant Nakwaasah finished fourth on the team in tackles with 64 in 2011. He accounted for eight tackles for loss, including 2.5 sacks. He also accounted for an interception and a forced fumble.
Thompson served as the linebackers coach during his first two seasons with the Seawolves. Prior to that, Thompson spent two seasons with the defensive line. In 2009, including Chris Perri who earned All-Big South honors. The D-line accounted for over seven sacks and 20 tackles for loss.
In 2008 he helped guide a linebacking unit that accounted for over 300 tackles, four sacks, three forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions. During his first year on the staff his work with the defense helped Stony Brook post one shutout and hold four other opponents to 20 points or less.
Thompson came to Stony Brook in the spring of 2007 after one year at Hofstra. Before his season with the Pride he spent three seasons as defensive coordinator at Franklin and Marshall University. In 2005 Franklin & Marshall finished the year ranked 14th in pass efficiency defense. During his tenure there Thompson's defense helped F&M reach consecutive ECAC Bowl games.
Prior to F&M, Thompson served as outside linebackers coach, assistant special teams coordinator and video coordinator for two seasons at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2002 the Quakers captured the Ivy League championship and led the Ivy in scoring offense and defense, rushing, total and pass efficiency defense, sacks, fourth-down conversions and opponent first downs. In addition, the Penn defense set a new Ivy League record holding its conference opponents to 43.6 yards per game on the ground.
A 1997 graduate of Stony Brook with a bachelor's degree in history, Thompson began his coaching career at his alma mater the same year as a graduate assistant coach working with the outside linebackers for two seasons before being named defensive line coach for the Seawolves in 2000. Thompson also earned a master's degree in arts and liberal studies in 2000 from Stony Brook.
Tony and his wife, Erin, reside in Sound Beach with their daughter, Laney.
Family: Wife, Erin; daughter, Laney
Education: Bachelor's degree, history, Stony Brook, 1997; Master's degree, arts and liberal studies, Stony Brook, 2000
Playing Experience: Western Connecticut, 1994;Stony Brook, linebacker, 1995-97
Coaching Experience: 18 years
Recruiting Areas: New York (Nassau, Westchester); New York City