Since becoming Stony Brook’s head football coach in the spring of 2006, Chuck Priore’s tenure can be described as an usher. He’s ushered the Seawolves through two conferences (Northeast and Big South), and for the past three seasons, CAA Football. During that time, Priore has ushered the program to the upper echelon of the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS), guiding SBU from 20 scholarships to a fully-funded program of 63 scholarship, the maximum allowed at the FCS level.
Under Priore’s leadership, Stony Brook posted a number of firsts - a win over a Football Bowl Subdivision (Army), a 10-win season, an at-large berth to the Division I Football Championship and produced the Seawolves first NFL player when Will Tye joined the New York Giants as an undrafted free agent and enjoyed a very successful rookie campaign.
In Priore’s previous 10 seasons at the helm of the Seawolves, SBU has collected at least five wins, including that 10-win season in 2012 and a nine-win season in 2011.
In 2015, the Seawolves posted a 5-5 record and went 3-5 in the CAA, including a 31-6 victory at home over No. 13 New Hampshire, the highest ranked opponent Stony Brook has even beaten. Priore's squad had to overcome numerous injuries to reach .500, but were highlighted by the CAA's Co-Defensive Player of the Year and All-America DE Victor Ochi. Ochi anchored the SBU defense that ranked first in the FBC is yards allowed with 250.1 and once again among the nation's best in scoring defense.
During the 2015 season, Priore reached the 100 career wins milestone as a head coach. Stony Brook defeated Rhode Island, 19-7, in Kingston on Nov. 14 to accomplish the feat.
The 2014 season once again featued five victories that included wins on the road at Towson and Elon. The Seawolves also claimed four wins in the CAA to finish the top half of the conference. Stony Brook was led by All-America selection Christian Richard that solidified a defensive unit the ranked among the FCS' best in yards and points allowed. RB Stacey Bedell, TE Will Tye and WR Adrian Coxson anchored the offense. Bedell rushed for over 1000 yards and nine scores, while Tye pulled down five touchdowns and Coxson had six TDs and over 600 receiving yards.
In 2013 Stony Brook, which won five games for an ninth straight season, went 3-5 in its first season in the CAA, including wins over No. 25 James Madison and in-state rival Albany.
Priore ushered Stony Brook to the upper echelon of Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). In 2012, the Seawolves hosted and won a playoff game and advanced to the second round of the Division I Football Championship.
The season featured a number of milestones - Stony Brook beat Army, 23-3, for its first win over an FBS program; Miguel Maysonet finished as the runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the nation's most outstanding player, was named to a program-record seven All-America Teams and became the first SBU football player to be invited to the NFL Combine.
Stony Brook, which won a program-best 10 wins, moved to the Colonial Athletic Association, considered the "SEC" of FCS football....