2010 Coach's Corner #1 - A Letter From The Desk of Coach Priore
Sept. 1, 2010
Stony Brook, N.Y. - Welcome to the 2010 football season, one we certainly hope will be exciting. College football always starts with preseason, and the preseason is a task that has to be managed correctly. We spent this preseason working on the goals that we feel will make us a successful program at the end of the season.
Our goals are never narrow; the goals always encompass all aspects of the football program. Preparations in August depend on personnel and experience. This August, after graduating 26 seniors from last year's team, we feature a relatively inexperienced team. So it was important for us to teach the basics, attack the fundamentals of the game, learn how to play at game speed, along with installing our playbook for efficiency during the season.
At the conclusion of preseason, I feel like we've accomplished our goals. We've been able to stay healthy with minor injuries. I feel like our upperclassmen have taken on a leadership role. Good teams normally have good leadership and the ability to focus on the task.
This team's strength is at the skill positions. On offense, we have three above-average college running backs in Edwin Gowins, Miguel Maysonet and Brock Jackolski. They all have adapted into our offense correctly and we'll be able to utilize them in many offensive situations. Our signal caller, Michael Coulter, has continued to improve. He shows great leadership and we feel that we can rely on him for success.
There's some inexperience on the offensive line and at tight end with three new starters, but there is strength and game-time experience with our wide receivers.
On defense, we have more young guys than anywhere else on our football team. We're going to be an aggressive defense team that attacks our opponents from the perspective of using our strengths to combat their weaknesses.
On special teams, we bring back our kickers and add various return guys. We are pleased with the fact that our special teams will be a strong component come game day.
As I've mentioned each component, our ultimate goal is to be prepared for a one game-at-a-time approach. We've broken down our season into three seasons: One we categorize as Bull Time, which starts on Saturday, Respect (our non-conference schedule) and Championship Football (Big South) which we hope leads to playoff football.
That being said, I think we're prepared for our upcoming task. We're excited, but we understand the strength of an FBS team that has had some past rankings. A tremendously talented team who has a new coaching staff, so you know they'll be ready to play. Success on Saturday for us is preparing for adversity, playing in front of a huge crowd at an NFL stadium, combating the speed of the game and understanding how to handle situations. As coaches, our objectives never change. We will put our kids in positions to be successful. We are going to play hard and be successful because we do play hard. But we view this game as an opportunity to grow as a team and as a football program.
Look forward to everyone being there and having a great opening game on Saturday
As always, wear RED and Go Seawolves!!
Chuck Priore Head Football Coach