It takes a total commitment from a school to make it in Division I athletics. Being tentative or having the unwillingness to go into the deep end of the pool usually leads to a mediocre, money-losing athletic program.
You can’t say that about Stony Brook. The expansion of the Seawolves athletic department continued on Wednesday.
Less than three weeks after announcing it will begin with its $21.1-million renovation of the Indoor Sports Complex, school officials made another major announcement with regards to its facilities.
The university officially opened its 8,000-square foot Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center. The $4.3-million facility will serve as the official training and academic center for the Seawolves athletic department.
Having first-rate facilities has always helped in recruiting circles. The fact that an athlete knows he or she will get the best training possible has always been a comfort. Now current and future Stony Brook athletes know for sure that the school means business.
The facility was introduced during a dedication ceremony to honor Dr. Glenn Dubin and his wife Eva, who donated the funds. It was the largest private gift ever made to a SUNY athletics department.
"The Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center will be the hub for all of our teams' successes as they move forward," Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore said.
Dubin graduated from Stony Brook with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics in 1978 and was a member of the football and men’s lacrosse programs. Dubin is the co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Highbridge Capital Management, a global alternative asset management company headquartered in Manhattan with offices in London, Tokyo and Hong Kong
Among the facility’s are 37,280 lbs. of cutting-edge strength and conditioning equipment; a state-of-the-art audio visual system for filming and training; a designated plyometric area for speed and sprint work; a nutritional oasis; a furnished office area; a large storage room; and an outdoor patio area.
The facility was designed by Populous. Fortunato Sons Contracting, Inc., served as the general contractor.