Coach's Corner - A Letter From Coach Priore

Nov. 18, 2008

Stony Brook, N.Y. - In our Big South Conference finale, we were once again able to play our style of football and execute our game plan. Coming into the game, we knew we'd play emotional as we were bidding farewell to a strong, tight knit core group of 21 seniors who have been such a huge part of our growth and ascension. We also knew that the Keydets of VMI would challenge us in many different ways. VMI came into the game averaging 33 points per game on offense while at the same time giving up 33 points per game on defense. Our goal was to best them by one touchdown on both sides of the ball and we did just that in our 40-26 win.

Our running game continued to excel, striking early and often to allow us to play from ahead the entire game. And it took a total team effort to do so. Early in the game, our two senior leaders on the offensive line Steve Council '09 (Plainfield, N.J.) and Lawrence Lowell '09 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) went down with injuries, but Emmett Philips '11 (West Hartford, Conn.) and Markell Watson '10 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) stepped in and did a terrific job, a sign that our team is developing winning habits and a winning culture.

The running back duo of Conte Cuttino '10 (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Eddie Gowins '12 (Bellport, N.Y.) put together another special day for the Seawolves faithful. Not only did they continue to pile up impressive numbers (483 combined rushing yards), their toughness and desire for success has been a big part of why we won four of our last five games. On Saturday during a first quarter run, Conte became Stony Brook University's all-time rushing leader (2,807 yards) moving him past Ralph Menendez '00. Conte finished the day racking up 207 yards while Gowins rushed for 250 yards to set a new single-season Stony Brook rushing mark with 1,310 yards. I congratulate Conte and Eddie on these terrific achievements and recognize that it was the outstanding effort of our entire team that made their individual achievements possible.



On a more serious note, I would also like to pass along some great news to our fans, families and friends who attended the VMI game. During the fourth quarter of the game special teams stand out Luis Altimaranda '10 (Mamaroneck, N.Y.) went down with what appeared to be a serious neck and head injury. For those of you that have not heard, we are happy to report that Luis is doing just fine and will enjoy a full recovery . I'd like to take this moment to thank the highly professional care of our athletic training staff (Mary Tovornik and her assistants), team doctors Stu Cherney and Jim Penna and the Stony Brook University Medical Center, Luis is okay and is back on campus taking classes.

As we close the 2008 season, we were able witness the great progress of our program over the last five weeks. Our ability to rebound from adversity to win four of our last five games and finish our first season in the Big South Conference with a 3-2 mark speaks to the character of our seniors and entire team. I feel we are set on the right course for 2009. With the season over, our coaching staff will hit the road immediately to begin our off-season recruiting efforts. We will be sure to keep you updated on our progress as the winter moves along.

As we head towards the holiday season, I and the entire Seawolves football family would like to wish you and your loved ones a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving and Holiday season.

As always, wear RED and Go Seawloves!


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