Stony Brook University football coach Chuck Priore has agreed in principle to a contract extension that will keep him running the Seawolves through the 2013 season, director of athletics Jim Fiore announced yesterday.
Priore, the 2009 Big South Coach of the Year, guided his team to a 6-1 Big South record and a share of the conference title. SBU was 6-5 overall. Stony Brook is 22-22 in Priore's four years, including 14-5 at home.
"Coach Priore has done a tremendous job leading our football program over the last four years and has been instrumental in its growth into a conference champion," Fiore said. "Winning a Big South Conference championship in just our second season in the league demonstrates the excellence he has brought to our football program."
Priore recently brought in several players from the now-disbanded Hofstra football team, including former Hansen Award winners Miguel Maysonet (Riverhead 2008) and Brock Jackolski (Floyd 2007). JeVahn Cruz, a co-winner of the 2009 Hansen Award, also will be on the team, joining 2006 Hansen winner Edwin Gowins. The award is given to Suffolk's top player.
Stony Brook opens the 2010 season against Big East member South Florida.