Coach's Corner - A Note From the Desk of Coach Priore
March 24, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. - With winter coming to an end and the warmer weather just around the corner, we put the Class of 2013 recruiting class behind us and now turn our attention to Spring Football. For every college football program, Spring Football is an opportunity to get better as a team and in order to do so, we must clearly define our goals and outline a plan on how we go about achieving them.
Several of our 21 graduating seniors were major contributors on defense so we will go through a bit of a rebuilding stage this spring. The first step in that process was to review and evaluate how our opponents attacked us last fall and what adjustments we could make to be better equipped to handle those offenses. As a result, we will make some dramatic changes to our defensive philosophy for the upcoming 2009 season. With the hiring of our new Assistant Head Coach of the Defense, Jim Gush, we are now changing from our traditional 3-4 package to a 4-3 defense. Jim comes to Stony Brook with over 28 years of experience in the 4-3, a defense that will allow us to better handle the multiple schemes that we are seeing in both Big South and non-conference action. On offense, our primary objective is very clear - we must become more consistent and efficient with our passing game - improvement in our passing game will make our potent ground game (9th best rushing attack in FCS) even better.
While the transition to the 4-3 and improvement in the passing game are priorities this spring, perhaps the most important goal from my perspective as head coach will stress how we define ourselves as a program moving forward. Specifically, how hard we compete for playing time at every position, how we come together as a team, and how we develop the focus that allows us to play as ONE on Saturday, September 5 against Hofstra.
I hope to see many of you out at spring practice which begins Friday, March 27 and concludes with our Spring Game on May 2 at 2 p.m. Please visit our website at www.GoSeawolves.org for the complete spring practice schedule. Following the game, we will have a social get-together at The Bench from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. We hope to see you there.
I would also like to remind you about two other events that will take place this spring. On May 7th, Stu Sharoff will host the annual alumni reception at the Press Box in New York City, an event that drew over 50 Stony Brook football alums last year from the 70's right up to the present day. In addition, the Raymond M. Downey Memorial Golf Outing will take place on July 27, 2009. Please note that we moved the outing to July in an effort to attract as many football alumni as possible to the event. If you would like any additional information, please contact Susan Abbott at 631-632-4647 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In closing, I would like to extend a special thanks to all our our alumni, friends and family who have contributed to our 2009 P.A.W.S. campaign. If you have not yet made a gift to P.A.W.S. and would like to do so, please contact Sam Kornhauser at 631-632-7198 or by email at Samuel.email@example.com.
Once again, thanks for all of your support. Remember Wear RED and Go Seawolves!
Sincerely, Chuck Priore