A New Chapter in Stony Brook Athletics
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but Stony Brook is going places, not only in the classroom-hiring top notch staff and building great new facilities-but in the athletics realm as well. I remember when I first came here in the fall of 2010, a transfer from the University of Iowa, a Big 10 perennial powerhouse, and saw my first football game. Going from 80,000 to 8,000 fans was a big change, and in my mind, I knew we only had up to go from there.
In the 2 1/2 years since stepping foot on this campus, believe me, we’ve moved up and exceeded any expectation I’ve ever had. In my time as a Seawolf, I’ve watched our Football boys take us to the national level and compete in the FCS Playoffs multiple times, our Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Women’s Soccer teams take home the America East Conference Championships this year, the Women’s Soccer team compete against the University of Maryland in the NCAA Championships and watch as one of my close friends has been named the America East Volleyball Rookie of the Year, as well as many others on the volleyball team named to All-Conference Teams.
As we break into basketball season, I had the pleasure this weekend to watch our women continue to build on the strongest season start in the past half decade, and cheered on the conference contending boys as they put a serious fight up against nationally ranked UCONN. It’s hard to believe where we’ve come from, a Division 1 school for less than 15 years, and it’s unbelievable to think where we’re going.
Despite Stony Brook being so big, with 25,000 students surrounding me every day on this campus, the most brilliant thing about this school is how wonderful our athletes are, how excited they are to get to know their fellow students, and how much they appreciate seeing us at all of the events. Every single day on this campus, I feel the highest sense of self-worth I’ve ever felt in my life, a feeling that can strongly be attributed to the relationship I’ve built with so many of our student/athlete leaders on campus.
This semester, I’ve realized that Stony Brook truly does the best of ALL worlds: every day I have the pleasure of going to a top-notch academic institution, cheering on Conference Champions and watching my friends and fellow Seawolves compete at the national level, and being able to go to a school that promotes growth, school spirit and pride more than any other place I’ve ever been in my life.
Recently I’ve realized that Stony Brook is not just going places, but we, all of these students here are going with it, and it truly is a brilliant, invaluable experience.
It’s great to be a Seawolf.