The University at Stony Brook offers 20 intercollegiate varsity sports, 10 for men and 10 for women competing within the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC), the New England Collegiate Conference (NECC) and local conferences for various sports.
In July of 1993, Stony Brook initiated a process of complying with NCAA Division II regulations that will ultimately take its entire athletic program to the NCAA Division I level. On June 3, 1997, University President Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny announced that Stony Brook will elevate its entire intercollegiate athletic program to the Division I level in the 1999-2000 academic year.
Eighteen of the Universityís 20 sports are currently NCAA Division II members (menís lacrosse and womenís soccer already compete at the NCAA Division I level).
Stony Brook has built a tradition of excellence that has continued during its transition to the Division I level. Last year, the menís tennis team captured its second straight NECC title while the menís and womenís swimming teams earned the Metropolitan Conference Swimming & Diving championship. In addition, the womenís volleyball team posted its finest record at the Division II level (36-9) en route to its second ECAC Championship in the last four years.
Stony Brook teams have also enjoyed success in recent seasons with NCAA tournament appearances by the menís tennis (1997), menís basketball (1991), womenís volleyball (1990, 91, 92, 93, 94) and baseball (1995) teams.
Over the past seven years the womenís volleyball team has captured two New York State championships and won at least one match in each of its five NCAA tournament appearances. The womenís volleyball team has captured two NCAA playoff regional titles (1992, 1994), finished third in the nation (1992), captured an ECAC title (1995) and finished second in the ECAC Championships (1996). The womenís indoor track team finished fourth at the NCAA Championships after the 1989-90 season, while the menís basketball team won the ECAC championship the same year. Following the 1990-91 season, the menís indoor track team won the ECAC championship. In addition to its ECAC appearance two seasons ago, the baseball team captured the ECAC championship in 1992 and advanced to the ECAC final in 1994. The 1995-96 winter season saw the womenís swim team capture the Metropolitan Conference Championship.
Stony Brook consistently produces All-Americans both in the classroom and on the fields of play. Since squash standout Stuart Goldstein (í74) became Stony Brookís first All-American, the University has produced countless All-Americans in the sports of football, menís and womenís basketball, lacrosse, womenís soccer, womenís volleyball, menís tennis, menís and womenís indoor and outdoor track, menís and womenís swimming, and squash.
The University at Stony Brook is quickly developing a rich athletic tradition filled with individual and team success at the national level. Stony Brook will look to continue this excellence as it approaches its new beginning of NCAA Division I competition.
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