Back in 1990, Steve Hayn said he would've estimated the odds of him coaching USMMA's men's basketball team in a game against Stony Brook at pretty close to zero.

That was when Hayn played for Stony Brook. USMMA was known as Kings Point. The Seawolves were the Patriots. Stony Brook played in the Division III Skyline Conference. Stony Brook and USMMA were conference rivals.

And that was when Hayn didn't really care too much for USMMA.

"I never would've thought to be coaching for this school back then," Hayn said. "I had great respect for the program and coach, though, but, I never would've thought of this."

How things change over time . . .

Hayn returned to his alma mater Sunday - as head coach of USMMA's basketball team. Stony Brook beat USMMA, 89-54.

Despite the loss, Hayn said the day was memorable.

"This was exciting," Hayn said. "It's great coming back. I haven't been able to spend as much time here as I would like because life is busy, but it's so nice to see the positive changes here. The arena is unbelievable."

Hayn played three seasons at Stony Brook from 1988-91. He averaged 15 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He is 12th in school history with 1,157 points.

Hayn, who attended Comsewogue High School and lives in Brooklyn, spent the last eight seasons at Dowling. He was voted the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association Division II coach of the year after guiding Dowling to a 22-7 record last year. He was 93-134 overall at Dowling.

Hayn and Stony Brook coach Steve Pikiell have a coaching bond. They were both assistant coaches at Central Connecticut State when the team had its first winning season in Division-I in 1998-99.

"He's a really, really good coach," Pikiell said. "I like how he mixes things up and how he's a player's coach. His kids always play hard for him. He's also a great alum who had an outstanding career here."

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