Stony Brook chooses Pikiell as new hoops coach
Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) – Stony Brook University has named Steve
Pikiell its new men’s basketball coach.
Pikiell becomes the 10th head coach in the program’s history and joins the
university after spending the last four years as an assistant at George
“We are thrilled to welcome coach Pikiell (pronounced PIKE-el) to our
Seawolves family,” said athletic director Jim Fiore in making the announcement
Wednesday. “He has a passion, enthusiasm and work ethic that is extremely
contagious. I am confident our university, athletic department and men’s
basketball program will feed off his boundless energy and we anticipate that
Steve will take this program very far, very fast.”
Pikiell helped George Washington to a 22-win season and an NCAA Tournament
berth in 2004-05. He had also previously served as an assistant at Central
Connecticut State, Wesleyan, Yale and Connecticut.
“I am overjoyed at the opportunity to be the head men’s basketball coach at
Stony Brook University,” said Pikiell. “I look forward to working with
President Kenny and Jim Fiore in elevating our basketball program to new
heights. I am excited about the current members of our team, the direction of
our athletic department and university as a whole.”
Pikiell played at the University of Connecticut from 1987-1991 and was a two-
time captain for the Huskies under Jim Calhoun. UConn won its first Big East
title with Pikiell as the point guard.
The 37-year-old Pikiell replaces Nick Macarchuk, who retired at the conclusion
of the 2004-05 season. Macarchuk was the only coach the Seawolves had in their
first six years of Division I play.
Stony Brook finished the year at 12-17, losing in the quarterfinals of the
America East Tournament, and compiled a record of 64-108 under Macarchuk.