Greg Toop returns for a fourth season at Stony Brook working with the team's running backs. Conte Cuttino and Edwin Gowins each rushed for at least 800 yards and earned All-Big South honors for a second straight season.
In 2008 his group of backs accounted for 12 100-yard games and produced the nation's only pair of 1,000-yard rushers at the FCS level in Cuttino and Gowins. Cuttino broke the school career rushing record while Gowins established a new single-season record and was named the national Freshman of the Year and Big South Rookie of the Year.
In his first season in 2007 he had one back, Cuttino, run for the fifth-highest yardage total in school history and another, Brandon Mason, go for over 600 yards to place him among the top-20 in a season at Stony Brook as well.
A veteran coach who brings over 30 years of experience to the Stony Brook staff, Toop was at the United States Merchant Marine Academy working with the secondary for two years prior to coming to Stony Brook.
Toop has coached in the high school ranks on Long Island as well, serving with the programs at Newfield, Chaminade, Half Hollow Hills, Holy Family, Centereach and St. Anthony's. He also spent 29 years teaching elementary physical education and served as the dean of students in the Half Hollow Hills district.
Toop, and his wife, Jean, reside in Smithtown with their two daughters, Jessica and Kathryn.