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The pressure on Stony Brook basketball coach Steve Pikiell to produce the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth is palpable, and the disappointment of falling short in the America East championship loss to Albany in Pritchard Gym was painful at the end of the past season. But it’s a pressure Pikiell is happy to accept along with the contract extension he received from SBU on Wednesday.
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Third year women’s basketball coach Beth O’Boyle is leaving Stony Brook University to become the head coach at Virginia Commonwealth in the Atlantic 10, VCU said Monday. O’Boyle will replace Marlene Stollings, who left for Minnesota.
O’Boyle, who will be introduced Tuesday in Richmond, had just finished guiding the Seawolves to a program record 24 victories in Division I, tying the most wins...Read more »
On Saturday afternoon, John Kinder found himself in a familiar spot. He was standing on the sidelines watching a football game.
That’s how Kinder, the 2009 New York State Class A player of the year as a quarterback at Lawrence, spent most of the past four seasons at Syracuse, where he got into just three games and didn’t take a snap at quarterback except on the practice field. But this time,...Read more »
USMMA men's basketball coach Danny Nee has resigned, interim athletic director Bill Fell said.
Nee had been placed on administrative leave in January after Superintendent Rear Admiral James Hellis said the academy was investigating an unspecified incident involving a student at the academy.
Fell said that David Muchnick, who has been coaching the team since Jan. 14, will remain in an...Read more »
One year ago, D’Angelo Harrison faced an uncertain future following his season-ending six-game suspension from St. John’s coach Steve Lavin. But Harrison worked to channel his energy and talents in a more positive way, regained his leadership role with the Red Storm and ultimately was named on Tuesday by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association as winner of the 2014 Haggerty Award as player...Read more »
In just three seasons, Beth O’Boyle lifted Stony Brook’s women’s basketball program from the bottom to a runnerup finish last season in America East and a WNIT bid that was only the second postseason berth in the school’s Division I history. O’Boyle’s achievement was honored Monday when she was named coach of the year by the Met Basketball Writers Association.
The Seawolves (24-9) set a D-1...Read more »
St. John's once again has one of the top shot-blocking centers in the nation. Red Storm coach Steve Lavin announced on Friday afternoon that Chris Obekpa will be allowed to return for his junior season in 2014-15 after previously being granted a release to transfer.
"Chris approached me last week to communicate his change of heart and wishes to stay at St. John's," Lavin said in a statement....Read more »
Stony Brook will open its 2014 football season on Thursday, Aug. 28, against Bryant in LaValle Stadium. The teams were originally scheduled to play on Aug. 30.
It will be the first Thursday game in the history of the program.
The game time will be announced at a later date.
Stony Brook topped Bryant, 21-13, last season before a sell-out homecoming crowd of 11,244, the largest in...Read more »
After a postseason exodus of talent, it came as good news to St. John’s basketball when 6-11 Christ the King center Adonis Delarosa made a verbal commitment to the Red Storm on Wednesday. Delarosa so far is the lone member of coach Steve Lavin’s 2014 recruiting class.
In making his announcement, Delarosa cited the chance to stay close to home and to play in Madison Square Garden as reasons...Read more »
Shabazz Napier has no shortage of followers, starting with Connecticut fans among the 80,000 or so folks expected to attend Monday night’s NCAA championship game against Kentucky at AT&T Stadium, and you could throw in a few million television viewers as well.
But Napier has no followers on Twitter because he doesn’t take part in that social network. Napier has his reasons. He said he...Read more »