Stony Brook concludes the 2013-14 campaign with a program-record 24 wins
Stony Brook ends SUNY rival's conference-record 38-game winning streak
Brittany Snow paces four Seawolves in double figures with 15 points
Stony Brook plays at Lowell for the first time since 1999
Stony Brook is one game back of New Hampshire in the loss column for second place in the America East
The engineer of the seventh-best turnaround in the country in 2012-13, Beth O'Boyle enters her third season as the head women's basketball coach at Stony Brook University.
Named head coach by Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore on April 7, 2011, O'Boyle is the eighth coach in program history and the fourth in the Division I era.
O'Boyle mentored the Seawolves to their best season in recent history in 2012-13. Picked to finish last in the preseason America East Coaches' Poll, SBU proved to be a competitor, producing a 10-win improvement from the 2011-12 campaign and earning a No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The 14 victories Stony Brook racked up were the most for the program since 2006-07, while the seed was the team's highest since 2009-10.
Defense was a hallmark of the 2012-13 squad as the Seawolves finished 44th nationally in scoring defense and third in the conference in steals. SBU was also a force to be reckoned with on the boards, holding the second-best rebounding margin in the league.
O'Boyle guided Sabre Proctor to 2012-13 all-conference honors, while Brittany Snow was named All-Rookie, a sign of the young talent she is recruiting and developing.
She is committed to remaining involved in the Long Island community, forming a partnership with the Boys & Girls Club, visiting the hospital with members of the team and hosting youth clinics.
O'Boyle has 14 years of collegiate coaching experience and came to Stony Brook following four years at Canisius College, where she served as the associate head women's basketball coach for the final two seasons. O'Boyle helped Canisius to its best season in school history in 2008-09 as the Golden Griffins won 24 games, advanced to the MAAC Championship game and qualified for the WNIT for the first time in program history. The 24 wins were the most in the program's Division I history and the most by a Canisius women's basketball team in 25 years.
Hired as an assistant coach at Canisius in 2007, O'Boyle was elevated to associate head coach in November 2009. Responsible for all recruiting activities, as well the development of the Golden Griffin guards, O'Boyle coached seven All-Conference players at Canisius, including 2009 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) Defensive Player of the Year Brittane Russell, 2009 MAAC Sixth Player of the Year Ellie Radke and 2011 MAAC Rookie of the Year Jamie Ruttle.
O'Boyle has also shown a commitment to developing the total student-athlete. Dani Klupenger earned America East All-Academic status in 2012-13 for her work on the court and in the classroom. At Canisius, she monitored the academic progress of a Golden Griffins team that was recognized in the NCAA Top 25 for team grade point average. In total, Canisius has had 18 selections to the MAAC All-Academic team since O'Boyle's arrival, including Marie Warner, who was also named a ESPN the Magazine third-team Academic All-American in 2009.
O'Boyle came to Canisius after serving as the head coach at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J., for three seasons. O'Boyle led the Red Hawks to the ECAC Division III Metro Women's Basketball Championship in 2006-07 and was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference Co-Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season. She compiled a 51-33 record in her three seasons there, and the Red Hawks also produced their first All-American in 15 seasons under O'Boyle's guidance.
Prior to taking over at Montclair State, O'Boyle spent four seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of Rochester. During her first two seasons, Rochester won back-to-back ECAC Upstate New York championships and in her last two seasons, the team made consecutive appearances in the NCAA Division III Final Four. In 2004, the team was ranked No. 1 in the nation for a three-week period according to the USA Today/ESPN/WBCADivision III poll and the D3hoops.com poll.
A 1998 graduate of Gettysburg College, O'Boyle earned four letters with the basketball and soccer programs at Gettysburg and served as a two-time captain in each sport. O'Boyle earned her master's degree from the University of Rochester's Warner School of Education in 2001. O'Boyle is a native of Rockville, Md., and attended the Academy of the Holy Cross High School in Kensington, Md.
Email Coach O'Boyle at Elizabeth.OBoyle@stonybrook.edu
What They are Saying about Beth O'Boyle ...
"I was lucky to have played for Coach O'Boyle. She is a very dedicated and passionate coach. She brings a level of intensity and dedication to practice, and her preparation is second to none. She demands the same work ethic she has from her players, and I think that's what makes her successful. I think she is going to do great things at Stony Brook, and I'm really excited for her."
- Amanda Cavo, Canisius `09 and former professional basketball player in Germany
"I'm very excited for Stony Brook University and Beth O'Boyle. Stony Brook is getting the complete package in Beth as she is a winner in all aspects. Her teams will achieve a high level of success both on the court and in the classroom. The young women who play for Beth will receive a lifelong education and be great representatives of Stony Brook University."
- Terry Zeh, Canisius College Head Women's Basketball Coach
"Coach O'Boyle is a natural leader and gifted teacher. She is dedicated to the development of young women as student-athletes. She motivates her players to achieve beyond their ability. She is a fantastic hire, and I look forward to following the success the Stony Brook women's basketball program."
- Cathy Rush, Founder of Future Stars and 2008 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee
"Beth has demonstrated all the qualities you look for in an up-and-coming coach. She has developed a solid network of recruiting contacts along the East Coast. Her work ethic and eagerness to improve has been demonstrated in her involvement with her players and coaching colleagues as she has learned from some of the top coaches in all of women's basketball. She is a lightning rod of energy that I know she will transfer to her team. Her experiences as a player and coach will serve her well as she leads the Seawolves to the top of the America East Conference. Stony Brook has truly landed a rising star in women's basketball."
- Jonathan Tsipis, Notre Dame Associate Head Women's Basketball Coach
"After getting a chance to meet her during the interview process, I believe Beth O'Boyle will bring energy, passion, discipline and a winning attitude to our women's basketball program. I think she possesses all the components necessary to win championships in the America East, and I think she will be a great addition to the Stony Brook community."
- Steve Pikiell, Stony Brook University Head Men's Basketball Coach
"I am proud to be a Stony Brook alum and was honored to be part of the committee to hire a new women's basketball coach. I feel Beth has the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm to lead the team to postseason play. I am excited and look forward to seeing the team achieve great success."
- Lisa White, Stony Brook `87, Stony Brook Athletics Hall of Fame member and current head athletic trainer/manager of basketball operations for WNBA's New York Liberty