Thursday , Mar , 03 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Stony Brook’s Macarchuk to call it quits after season

Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) – Stony Brook men’s basketball coach Nick
Macarchuk announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of the 2004-05

Macarchuk will remain on the Seawolves’ staff, though, as a special assistant
to director of athletics Jim Fiore and will assist with fundraising and
community relations.

Stony Brook is currently 11-16 this year and finished 6-12 in the America East
Conference. The Seawolves will take on Hartford in the first round of the
America East tournament on Friday in Binghamton, New York.

Macarchuk has compiled a 373-427 mark in 28 years of coaching at the Division
I level and is also the only coach that the Seawolves have had in their six
years since joining Division I. Macarchuk posted a 63-107 record while at
Stony Brook.

“I’ve had a truly satisfying career, and now I look forward to working with
Jim in fundraising and community relations, two areas I have always enjoyed”,
said Macarchuk. “I would like to thank President [Shirley Strum] Kenny for the
opportunity she gave me six years ago. Although the transition to Division I
was a tremendous challenge, President Kenny and the entire Stony Brook
community provided all the support and resources that were promised.”

Macarchuk began his coaching career at St. Thomas More Preparatory School
where he led his team to three New England Prep School Championships (1969,
1970, 1971). He then became an assistant at Providence College in 1972 where
he spent five years and guided the school to four NCAA Tournament berths,
which included a spot in the 1973 Final Four.

After 1977, he became the head coach at Canisius where he spent 10 seasons,
which included an appearance in the NIT. Following his stint with the Golden
Griffins, Macarchuk took over at Fordham where he stayed until taking over the
Stony Brook job in 1999.

While under Macarchuk’s leadership, the Rams ventured from the Patriot League
to the Atlantic-10 Conference in 1995 and also appeared in three postseason
tournaments, including the 1992 NCAA Tournament. Macarchuk was named A-10
Coach of the Year in 1998-99 when the school went 12-15, which was Fordham’s
best finish since moving to one of the top conferences in the country.

Macarchuk played collegiately at Fairfield where he was a two-time All-East
selection (1962, 1963) with the Stags.