Stony Brook’s Pikiell gets contract extension
Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) – Stony Brook University has given head
men’s basketball coach Steve Pikiell a contract extension that will keep him
with the Seawolves through 2010-11.
Pikiell, 38, was hired before the 2005-06 season after spending four
years as an assistant at George Washington. Stony Brook went 4-24 overall
and 2-17 in the America East Conference in his first year.
“This agreement reflects our belief that Coach Pikiell is the right person to
take us to heights never before experienced in men’s basketball at Stony Brook
University,” said athletic director Jim Fiore. “Steve’s vision, passion and
enthusiasm has breathed much needed life into our men’s basketball program and
has clearly positioned the program for a turnaround in the coming years.”
Pikiell is a highly regarded recruiter who put together the most touted class
in Stony Brook history for the upcoming 2006-07 season.
“I am humbled and extremely grateful to President (Shirley Strum) Kenny, Jim
Fiore and the entire administration, my coaching staff and our basketball team
for their unyielding support of Stony Brook University men’s basketball,” said
Pikiell. “It is our collective goal to build and develop men’s basketball at
Stony Brook into a championship caliber program — one that the University,
the greater Suffolk County community, our alumni and our fans can be proud to
Pikiell played at the University of Connecticut from 1987-1991 and was a two-
year captain for the Huskies under Jim Calhoun. UConn won its first Big East
title with Pikiell as its point guard.