Passing of David Alexander

To the Campus Community:

It is with great sorrow that I write to inform the campus community that beloved head coach of the Stony Brook Seawolves Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Team, David Alexander, passed away early yesterday morning after a long battle with cancer.

Dave's 32 years of coaching at Stony Brook firmly establishes him as the longest serving coach in our Athletics Department. He arrived at Stony Brook in 1979, and became omnipresent at University Pool ever
since. Dave started the women's swimming and diving program in 1979 and was appointed head coach of the men's team in 1995. He saw the team through the transition from a Division III athletic program to a Division I athletic program, and with his teams, experienced many years of success including when the team won its 300th overall meet under his leadership during 2007-2008 season.

Throughout his tenure, more than 100 women swimmers earned All-Metropolitan Conference accolades, four have been named All-Americans and more than 20 qualified to compete in the NCAA Championships. He coached seven seasons in which the women's team recorded ten or more victories. It took Dave only three seasons to lead the men's team to its first Division I/II MET Conference title. His best overall season with the men's program was in 1998-99, when he guided the Seawolves to a 10-6 mark.

Dave received many accolades for his dedicated work with the swimming and diving teams. He was named the Metropolitan Conference's Division I/II Men's Coach of the Year three times (1991, 1996 and 1998); the MET Women's Swimming and Diving Coach of the Year by his peers in 1991; and, his staff was named the America East Coaching Staff of the year in 2005-06. He was also twice named Female Athletics Coach of the Year at Stony Brook.

Most recently Dave was honored by the Department of Athletics at its annual Awards Ceremony on May 7 where he received the Courage Award, given to a member of Stony Brook Athletics who has overcome personal tragedy or serious injury and has demonstrated uncommon bravery in the face of adversity. At the event, a video montage was shown with personal messages from current and former students that truly captures the tremendous impact Dave had on his student athletes during his many years of coaching. (Access video at

On behalf of the entire university community, I extend deep condolences to the Alexander Family. Dave will be truly missed. We share a solemn grief with his wife, children, friends, and his current and former students as we all are terribly saddened at the news of this tremendous loss.

Honoring the wishes of his family, in lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Stony Brook Seawolves Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Teams.

Viewing services:

Saturday, June 30, 2012
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday, July 1, 2012
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Nolan & Taylor-Howe Funeral Home
5 Laurel Avenue, Northport, NY 11768

Funeral Mass:

Monday, July 2, 2012
11:00 am
St. Phillip Neri Parish
15 Prospect Avenue, Northport, NY  11768

Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.