Spallina is the architect of the Seawolves' meteoric rise to national prominence
Former IWLCA All-Americans and Long Island natives round out 2015 staff
Cook is Stony Brook's all-time leading goal scorer and volunteer assistant coach
Stony Brook is 36-10 under Spallina
Stony Brook has held five of its first six opponents to under 10 goals
An all-time Stony Brook women's lacrosse great, a two-time Div. II national champion and a member of the inaugural Team STX squad, Demmianne Cook returned to the Seawolves as a volunteer assistant coach in September 2013. She was hired as an assistant coach in Sept. 2014 after helping SBU to a second consecutive school-record 17-win season, America East title and NCAA Tournament first-round win in 2013.
"Demmianne is someone who has played under me for four years and understands the way things are supposed to be done," women's lacrosse head coach Joe Spallina said. "She will be a great mentor to our student-athletes. We are excited to have her on board."
The most prolific scorer in program history, Cook played a major role in Stony Brook's meteoric rise to national prominence after joining the team for her junior and senior seasons. Shenot only poured in a school-record 158 career goals in only two years, she helped the Seawolves achieve their first top-10 national ranking in the IWLCA and deBeer Media Polls. Cook, who hails from Nesconset, N.Y.,graduated eighth in NCAA history in career goals per game at 4.05.
Cook led the nation in goal scoring by an 18-goal margin with an astounding, program mark of 90 in 2013, which shattered her own previous record of 68 and was good for sixth in NCAA Div. I history. Her efforts earned her the distinctions of being SBU's first women's lacrosse Tewaaraton nominee and second IWLCA All-American.
A dynamic athlete, the two-year captain posted 96 draw controls in 2013, the most by a Seawolf in one season. She finished her career at SBU third all-time in draw controls (157) and fifth in points (173) but only after guiding Stony Brook to its first NCAA Tournament appearance and win. Cook also set the Stony Brook standard for single-game goals (9 vs. Monmouth, 2/26/12) and the conference mark for goals in an America East Championship contest (7 vs. Vermont, 5/3/13).
As decorated as she was talented, she also nabbed first-team IWLCA All-Region status during both of her seasons and picked up WomensLAX.com and Synapse All-America honors in 2013, to name just a few of the many awards she received.
After competing in her final game as a Seawolf, Cook played alongside teammate Janine Hillier in the North-South Senior All-Star game, where she registered two goals and one assist. She then joined Team STX, the nation's first elite post-collegiate women's lacrosse team.
Prior to her career at Stony Brook, Cook helped Adelphi win two Div. II national titles in 2010 and 2011, running the table with a perfect record of 20-0 during the latter. She was twice named IWLCA Midfielder of the Year, first-team IWLCA All-America, first-team IWLCA All-Region and first-team All-NE-10. The Smithtown East High School alumna also garnered Rookie of the Year honors from both the NE-10 and ECAC during her freshman campaign.