Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) - Stony Brook has rewarded men's basketball
coach Steve Pikiell with a contract extension through the 2017-18 season.
Pikiell just completed his eighth season with the Seawolves and guided the
team to a record of 25-8 with an America East regular-season title. Stony
Brook also won a postseason game for the first time in school history with a
71-58 triumph over Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT.
"Coach Pikiell represents the university exactly the way that we want to be
represented," said athletic director Jim Fiore in a statement Thursday. "For
eight years, he has guided our men's basketball program on an unprecedented
upward trajectory of success both on the court and in the classroom. Equally
as important, he has represented Stony Brook with unparalleled class and
integrity. For the continued success of our program, it is important to have
Steve Pikiell as our men's basketball coach. I am excited that Steve has
agreed to continue leading the Stony Brook men's basketball program, and I
look forward to watching him guide our program to even greater heights for
many years to come."
Pikiell has a record of 119-125 during his tenure at Stony Brook, turning
around a program that won just 20 games in his first three seasons. The
Seawolves have won three of the last four America East regular-season titles
and have reached the NIT three times.
"I'm honored to work at Stony Brook University, honored to recruit bright
student-athletes who contribute more than just wins and losses and honored to
be a member of this community that has truly rallied around this university,"
said Pikiell. "We will continue to do everything we can to sustain a men's
basketball program that Stony Brook University, the alumni and the community
are proud to support."
Pikiell was an assistant at George Washington for four seasons before taking
over the Stony Brook helm. He played at the University of Connecticut from
1987-1991 and was a two-year captain for the Huskies under Jim Calhoun. UConn
won its first Big East title with Pikiell as its point guard.
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