Fueling the success of our student-athletes


Our NCAA Division 1 Seawolves athletic teams are a tremendous source of pride, establishing a winning tradition that unites and excites our campus community. They also serve a uniquely powerful role in elevating the brand and reputation of Stony Brook, forging relationships on behalf of the university on a local, regional, national and global level.

With the support of our fans and friends, we will ensure continued Seawolves success, contending for conference championships and securing NCAA postseason appearances. Along the way, we are committed to providing our student-athletes with transformative life experiences that complement their academic pursuits and prepare them for success in every aspect of their lives. In doing so, we will hold ourselves to the highest standards of integrity, sportsmanship and respect on and off of the field, cultivating an inclusive environment for all.


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“We will work together as a staff to achieve our aspirations and promote our vision to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. Our university is one of the nation’s premier public research institutions and it deserves a premier intercollegiate athletics program.”


Shawn Heilbron, Athletic Director



Transforming the Student-Athlete Experience   

  • Provide immediate quality assistance and counseling for all issues related to mental health and wellness
  • Maximize the physical development of each student-athlete and instill a commitment to positive life choices regarding health and wellness
  • Hire a nutritionist or dietician who will work in concert with the athletic performance coaches and athletic trainers to create dietary plans to help achieve specific goals for student-athletes and provide substantial education about healthy diet and lifestyle.


Capital Projects: Creating First-Class Facilities  

  • Expand the seating capacity of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium to a minimum of 15,000 and add fan amenities, including new restrooms and points of sale for concessions, merchandise and tickets
  • Build a state-of-the-art indoor practice facility that can be used by all athletic programs during periods of inclement weather. The $5 million Dubin family pledge in the form of a 1:1 matching challenge grant sets the stage for meeting the $10 million fundraising goal toward this facility
  • Build state-of-the-art facilities that will house football operations, a new athletic training room, dining area and lounge for all student-athletes, locker rooms for football and lacrosse, meeting rooms and new equipment space
  • Ensure first class locker room facilities for all student-athletes
  • Enhance Joe Nathan Field and University Field by adding additional permanent seating, a permanent restroom facility, concessions area, press box, entry plaza and new scoreboard
  • Renovate University Pool so that it can best serve the needs of the student-athletes and Stony Brook community
  • Develop a soccer-specific venue for training and competition
  • Expand the Goldstein Family Student-Athlete Development Center to accommodate a greater number of student-athletes and academic support staff
  • Provide appropriate facilities for new women’s program(s) to be added in the future

“It seems like every time I come back there’s something else. It blows me away, and surprises me, and I can’t believe how much this school has grown. It’s fun to be a part of and fun to watch.” —Joe Nathan ’97, Hon. ’13, Major League Baseball all-­star pitcher


Develop Culture of Philanthropy and Financial Support  

  • Build on the program designed to increase unrestricted gifts to department
  • Create the culture of giving that will increase overall philanthropic support and develop major gift pipeline
  • Maximize our ticket sales and corporate giving while unlocking other revenue streams

“I’m honored and couldn’t be more proud to be a Stony Brook alum and to give back to the school. It has meant so much to me and to my family.” –Glenn Dubin ’78, Hon. ’12


Competing for Championships and National Prominence:  

  • Increase annual operating budgets each year so that investment can be made in team travel, recruiting, equipment and other essential needs in order to position each program in the top third of its respective conference
  • Recruit, support and retain quality coaches in all sports in order to provide our student-athletes with the best opportunity to win at a high level
  • Build Stony Brook Athletics into a prominent brand on a local, regional and national level through increased television exposure, partnerships with major media outlets, identifying new digital or social recognition opportunities, and hiring a new full-time marketing position
  • Develop a comprehensive strategy for the successful addition of a new women’s sport program


Men’s Basketball Concludes Best Season in Seawolves History

The men’s basketball team made history this year by winning their first-ever America East title and earning their first trip to the NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Championship Tournament. Led by a trio of seniors, this year’s team experienced a season of unprecedented success and honors.

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Seawolves Find All-Around Success

Seven Stony Brook teams graduate student-athletes at a higher rate than the national average of other Division I institutions, according to a NCAA report published in November 2015.

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