Message from the Faculty Athletics Representative
As we begin the school year, 2014-2015 promises to be another exciting one in Athletics. Fall sports are underway and the much anticipated opening of the Stony Brook Arena took place on October 4th. The beautiful, state-of-the-art Arena will enrich campus life and extend our appeal as a venue for Seawolf sports and other events. The new Arena will strengthen our appeal as an NCAA Division I institution and it will increase our reach as we compete with fellow, top-tier institutions for outstanding scholar-athletes.
We have a new Director of Athletics, Shawn Heilbron, who comes to SBU from Oregon State University and we have a new women’s basketball coach, Caroline McCombs, who comes to Stony Brook by way of Auburn University. Our AD has prioritized the academic success and welfare of SBU student-athletes. Coach McCombs is also committed to student-athlete academic success and she is recruiting student-athletes with strong athletic and academic resumes.
Stony Brook student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom. I note that our student-athletes sport an overall GPA of 3.08. The most popular majors are health sciences, sociology, history, biology and business with a growing number of SBU student-athletes majoring in engineering. Our 435 student-athletes come to Stony Brook from 20 different countries outside of the United States including Europe, Asia, Africa, South America and Oceania, as well as from 23 different states across the country. This fall we welcomed 140 new student-athletes to campus.
Last year was an exciting one academically as well as athletically. Twenty-six of the 93 members of our football team made the CAA Honor roll (≥3.2 GPA). America East Conference honors for both women’s and men’s sports included 121 on the Academic Honor Roll (≥3.0 GPA), 108 on the Commissioner’s Honor Roll (≥3.5 GPA), 14 All-Academic Team nominees (based on combined GPA and athletic achievement), and 5 Scholar Athlete awardees (individual with the highest GPA in each sport).
Two of our teams won America East titles and gained berths in NCAA tournaments. One was our women’s tennis team. Last spring marked the 3rd consecutive conference championship and appearance by our women in post-season competition. Our top player was named conference Player of the Year. Also in tennis, SBU student-athletes garnered both female and male Rookie of the Year honors and Coach Glassman and his staff won the award for Coaching Staff of the Year. Our women’s lacrosse team earned their second consecutive Conference championship and NCAA berth. Women’s Tennis and Women’s Lacrosse teams had outstanding academic years.
Finally, in addition to academics and athletics, Stony Brook student-athletes were, as usual, heavily involved throughout the year in community service. Some of the important events in which student-athletes play a major role are the Walk for Beauty, Stuff-a-Bus Toy Drive at holiday time, the Miracle League of Long Island, and ongoing visits throughout the year by team members to Stony Brook University Hospital.
Faculty, staff and students can take great pride in the accomplishments of our student-athletes and let me also add here, the Spirit of Stony Brook Marching Band. Our band has been called the best marching band in the world! Their talent and spirit are infectious. I encourage everyone to follow our teams, our student-athletes and our band and, in the process, don’t forget to wear red!
Randall Susman, Faculty Athletics Representative
Professor of Anatomical Sciences