Joe Tricario will be back on the sidelines for the Seawolves in 2010 for his fifth season, handling the linebackers as well as coordinating the special teams.
Linebacker Tyler Santucci was named Big South Defensive Player of the Year in 2009 and earned All-Big South honors for the second straight season. Kicker Wesley Skiffington was selected as a College Sporting News All-Star after connecting on four field goals and four extra points against Presbyterian.
In 2008 he had one of his linebackers earn all-conference honors and in 2007 he helped coach a defense that finished 25th in the nation among FCS schools in total defense and 17th in passing defense while causing 27 turnovers. In his first year at Stony Brook in 2006, the Seawolf defense ranked third in the NEC with 21 caused turnovers, with one of his players, Cory Giddings, earning the NEC Defensive Rookie of the Year award.
Tricario joined the Stony Brook staff in December of 2005 after eight years at Fordham University. Tricario worked the last five seasons for the Rams as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator after serving as special teams coordinator for three years.
In 2002, the Fordham defense finished the year as the top ranked scoring defense in the league, 14th best in NCAA I-AA, as well as the third ranked total defense in the nation. The Fordham defense also caused 25 turnovers in 2002, third best in the league, while registering a Patriot League best 39 sacks.
As the special teams coordinator in 2001, Tricario directed his unit to the top of the Patriot League rankings. The Rams' kickoff return team was the top-ranked squad in the league, averaging 23.3 yards/return - eighth best in the NCAA Division I-AA, while the punt return squad was the second best, averaging 10.3 yards/return. Additionally, the punt coverage team led the league for the second straight year in lowest yards per return, and despite the loss of All-Patriot League punter Matt Fordyce, was second in the league in net punting average.
After initially serving two years as the wide receivers coach, Tricario moved over to the defensive side of the ball in 2001 and worked with the Rams' safeties. Fordham led the Patriot League in 2001, and was ranked ninth in the NCAA Division I-AA, with 19 interceptions.
Tricario arrived at Fordham after spending the previous three years as the wide receivers coach at Lafayette College. Prior to his stint at Lafayette, Tricario was on the staff of the Canadian Football League's (CFL) Toronto Argonauts as the special teams coordinator and receivers coach in 1995. He also served as the assistant special teams coordinator and worked with the wide receivers and running backs for the WLAF's Montreal Machine for the 1991-92 season.
Prior to working in Montreal, Tricario spent six years on the staff at Albany.
Tricario also served as an assistant coach (special teams/receivers) at Fordham in 1994, following two years at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the special teams/receivers coach, helping the Quakers to an undefeated season in 1993 and the Ivy League Championship. His father was head coach at Mt. St. Michael Academy, where Tricario began his career in 1983, Cardinal Hayes and Iona College.
Tricario is a 1983 graduate of Cortland State where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education.