Coming off an injury-riddled 5-6 year in Stony Brook's inaugural season in the Colonial Athletic Association, football coach Chuck Priore has received a one-year extension through the 2018 season.
The move underscores the stability of the football program at a time of transition following the dismissal in November of former athletic director Jim Fiore, but interim athletic director Donna Woodruff said, "I understand it's probably a calming thing, but that was not a motivating factor in the decision.
"Chuck has built this into a well-respected program that can be sustained over time. He has managed all parts of the program very well from the coaching staff to how he recruits. We support him for the long term."
Priore expressed his thanks to SBU president Samuel Stanley, Woodruff and senior associate AD Matt Larsen, saying, "They feel the program is moving in a positive direction. I'm pleased. It didn't have to be done, but it's important to the program in recruiting . . . There's a positive outlook for the future."
A formal announcement of the extension is scheduled Thursday along with the announcement that Syracuse quarterback John Kinder is transferring to Stony Brook for his final season of eligibility in 2014. Kinder is a native of Inwood who led Lawrence High to the Long Island Class III title in 2009 when he also was named New York State Class A player of the year. Kinder accounted for more than 5,000 yards total offense and 110 touchdowns in his high school career.
"As a high school player, John was a tremendous quarterback, a local we would have loved to get on the front end," Priore said. "Syracuse was a great opportunity, but he was stuck behind ."
Kinder played in only four games at Syracuse, but Priore said he was able to evaluate him from tapes of practices and past Orange spring games. He will graduate in the spring and play at Stony Brook as a graduate student in the same fashion that NFL quarterback Russell Wilson went from North Carolina State to Wisconsin for his final year of eligibility.
The 6-2, 187-pound Kinder will join the Seawolves in summer workouts to compete for the starting job. "He's a superior athlete at the position that doesn't come around very often at this level [FCS] of football," Priore said. "He has a strong, athletic body and can throw the long ball. With his running ability, he can be a dual-purpose quarterback."