2009 Coach's Corner #11 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Nov. 11, 2009
Stony Brook, N.Y. -
This week we are in the midst of preparations for one of the biggest games we have had during my four-year tenure at Stony Brook University. We are sitting at 4-0 in the Big South Conference and with a win this weekend at Charleston Southern University we will position ourselves for an opportunity for the outright Conference championship on November 21 vs. Liberty University at home in LaValle Stadium. We have great respect for the members of the Big South Conference and such it would be a tremendous opportunity for our football program to play for a title in just our second year in the Conference. That stated, ALL of our focus has been and will continue to be on the Buccaneers of CSU. We have to approach our final two games one at a time and first we must be totally prepared and focused for our trip to Charleston Southern this weekend.
As head coach, I've tried to impress upon our captains, senior leaders and team members the importance of our game at Charleston Southern this weekend and we have talked for the last few days about how we can accomplish our goal of winning this game. To do that we need to continue to play well as a team, be focused and work very hard on our preparations in film, meetings and practice sessions. Each day we've been working on the "little things" that will prepare us for CSU, both as individuals and as a team.
A little bit about Charleston Southern - Our game last year at LaValle Stadium was a hard fought, well played game...we had a great end of game drive to win the contest. I (and our team) expect another four quarter battle in Charleston this weekend. This year’s CSU squad is a good football team and seems to be peaking now late in the season - thus, they have won their last two games. We've been impressed by how well coached they are on both sides of the ball. They have a very, very impressive defensive unit that has kept teams from running the ball successfully; it is a complicated defense to prepare for as a staff. Offensively, they are nontraditional in how they run and throw the ball. Because the CSU offense is complicated to analyze and game plan, it has been nice having the extra time the bye week has provided to prepare for the schemes that we will see on Saturday. Coaches on both sides of the ball have been hard at work preparing a strong game plan.
This weekend will be our seventh road game in the past 10 weeks....but that is not necessarily a bad thing. Due to the fact that we are maturing weekly, being on the road is no longer a distraction for our kids and we are going to make this trip as routine as we can. When the time comes, we will be ready and prepared to travel to Charleston and execute our game plan in the hopes of returning with a victory.
We expect to come back home Saturday night victorious and have a chance to play nationally ranked Liberty University for the Big South championship on November 21. That game will also be our senior day and I would like to encourage all of you to come out to LaValle Stadium and fill the stands with RED as we thank our seniors and hopefully play for a Big South championship.
As an aside, I'd like to take this moment to wish the winter sports at SBU good luck as they begin their respective seasons. For ticket information for the November 21st game or any other SBU sports contest, please go to www.GoSeawolves.Org or call the ticket office at 631-632-WOLF. The game at CSU can be heard live on the web (www.GoSeawolves.Org) or locally at 90.1 WUSB.