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Title: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Tml on March 18, 2017, 07:40:14 pm
I though this would be an interesting question for SB fans to answer. 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: laxnation on March 18, 2017, 09:50:07 pm
I know it's only been only two or three years for the women's bb coach, but when does she get the hook for finishing 2nd to last in the worst conference in women's bb?

Also, where all these championships that AD promised the Stony Brook family?
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Tml on March 19, 2017, 05:19:23 am
Which team in which sport is performing better since Heilbron go the job?  Certainly, not WBB, which is your point, though to be fair to McCombs she recruited then lost Ogechi, who was like Warney.  Not Baseball or MBB or Football.  WLAX maybe?

So what are Heilbron's accomplishments since his arrival?  It's a serious question.  I'd really like to know.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Hammertime on March 19, 2017, 06:12:00 am
I know it's only been only two or three years for the women's bb coach, but when does she get the hook for finishing 2nd to last in the worst conference in women's bb?

Also, where all these championships that AD promised the Stony Brook family?

You're being too hard on the AD, coaches, players, janitors, cooks, security, AE conference,.... Lax.. Some people on here get insulted if you have an opinion. What you need to do is say that SB athletics is doing great!, we're improving and getting better every year!! WBB is doing great!!!!!!!! Pat the coaches on the back and say, "tomorrow is another day". Then give them a safe space to sit and talk. Oh, the thousands of dollars that you donate to SB athletics, who cares. Nobody really cares about that and they dont need your money anyways..I'm finished ranting.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on March 21, 2017, 03:58:37 pm
I think he's been neutral as far as on the court performance goes. Most of that rests on the individual coaches. Piekiel had SB basketball trending up and Priore FB trending down independent of what SH has done. I think he's increased awareness and visibility of SB athletics and projects like the pool being finished and Lavalle stadium having the north end-zone be expanded are good things to happen under his tenure so far.

I think he's got us going in the right direction though based on how I hear fans of other schools talk about our athletic department. I hear the term "aggressive" being used often which is good to hear, especially in the wake of the leadership of schools like Idaho (dropping to FCS) and JMU (declining a Sun Belt invite).

President Stanley seeing the value in athletics is extremely important as well and cannot be understated as the struggles of other schools can in part be tied to inept leadership at the university level. The snobby mentality of "we're too good for athletics" is toxic for the growth of an athletic department (Tulane for instance would still be in the SEC today for instance had they not made the boneheaded decision to de-emphasize athletics in the 60's). We should thank our lucky stars Stanley isn't like that.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: OldSeawolf on March 27, 2017, 10:55:29 am
Like him or not, and reason for his dismissal aside, my view is that Fiore's regime was a major contributor to where the program has come.  He was a visionary and a vocal cheerleader for the University, that got SBU a lot of press.  For example, his touting the University during its College World Series run was superb, IMO, even if he was rambunctious and flamboyant (and some may even say, self-serving).  Heilbron seems much lower key and much less visible outside of the University.  This may have been needed initially, after the Fiore dismissal, but I think he needs to sell the brand more, and certainly become more visible externally.  I mean, except for the athletes, the donors and the AD fraternity, who even knows his name?

He definitely made a bold pick with Boals as MBB coach, but after 1 season, I think it was the right move and a good one.  If his main emphasis is the football team, however, then he needs to make a coaching change, since I think Priore is definitely not the way to go moving forward.

I gave it a Treading Water, although I would have stated the option as "hasn't helped the program, hasn't hurt the program much".
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Hammertime on March 27, 2017, 05:02:17 pm
Like him or not, and reason for his dismissal aside, my view is that Fiore's regime was a major contributor to where the program has come.  He was a visionary and a vocal cheerleader for the University, that got SBU a lot of press.  For example, his touting the University during its College World Series run was superb, IMO, even if he was rambunctious and flamboyant (and some may even say, self-serving).  Heilbron seems much lower key and much less visible outside of the University.  This may have been needed initially, after the Fiore dismissal, but I think he needs to sell the brand more, and certainly become more visible externally.  I mean, except for the athletes, the donors and the AD fraternity, who even knows his name?

He definitely made a bold pick with Boals as MBB coach, but after 1 season, I think it was the right move and a good one.  If his main emphasis is the football team, however, then he needs to make a coaching change, since I think Priore is definitely not the way to go moving forward.

I gave it a Treading Water, although I would have stated the option as "hasn't helped the program, hasn't hurt the program much".

I like Heilbron and believe he is trying his hardest to raise money for athletics. We all knew that would be a tough task to accomplish, but he is trying very hard.. I dont like how he is not giving coach P the boot, considering SH claims to be a football first AD and wants to turn SB into a  powerhouse. First things first. Fire the HC and regroup..
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Wolfie_MD on March 27, 2017, 06:40:35 pm
I'm happy with what Shawn has been doing here. He's done a good job fundraising which is probably Job #1, 2, and 3 here. The football stuff does have to get better- if the football team underachieves yet again, he's going to have to make some tough moves. He has helped continue explosive growth of women's lacrosse. The men's lacrosse team has been OK- it should be better. Women's basketball hasn't made much progress to be honest. Baseball has been solid and it will stay that way with Coach Senk. I can't comment on the other sports with any knowledge but I know he's made moves in volleyball as well.

Men's lacrosse and women's basketball are the two places that the program could and should improve.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 25, 2017, 10:33:16 am
woodruff to loyola!
http://www.baltimoresun.com/g00/sports/college/bs-sp-loyola-athletic-director-0523-20170523-story.html?i10c.referrer=http%3A%2F%2Fnetwork.laxpower.com%2Flaxforum%2Fviewtopic.php%3Ff%3D1%26t%3D61616%26p%3D1519194%26hilit%3Dstony

i wish her the best of luck.  nice move.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on May 25, 2017, 11:41:21 am
  Good move on her part . Wish her the best she did a fine job at SBU . And yes  I voted for our present AD I think he is moving us along well as can be expected .  See how his 2000 new seats in the football stadium fill up in September .
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: iBOsbu on December 07, 2017, 06:27:17 pm
New Thursday blog post from SH
http://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2017/12/7/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-dec-7-2017.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on December 07, 2017, 09:29:22 pm
The potential is there it takes time , money and fan support at games.   Still  think he is doing  great job and believes we can become a Virginia or Cal
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ecasadoSBU on December 07, 2017, 09:49:21 pm
Great read!

Lets keep growing!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on December 07, 2017, 09:59:10 pm
New Thursday blog post from SH
http://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2017/12/7/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-dec-7-2017.aspx

I'm glad he mentioned out AAU membership status and highlighted it. I'm also glad he pointed out where we could wind up someday. I think it's a stretch to say we're literal peers to Cal and UVA, but the potential is there to be there one day.

Fun fact: Out of all the public universities in the AAU with football, only two of them have the sport at the FCS level. UC Davis, and us. Everyone else is FBS with most of them being in Power 5 conferences.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 22, 2018, 09:27:20 am
anyone know where we are with the haskell cup?  of course, our success in football is ineligible (due to being in the CAA) so no help there.

https://www.americaeast.com/news/2017/11/29/commishcupfall17-18.aspx?path=athletics
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 31, 2018, 09:02:46 pm
all the right messages: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/5/31/Together_We_Transform_March_31.aspx?path=blog

really good marketing of our program and successes.  ;D
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on June 28, 2018, 09:41:42 pm
  I just read Shawns latest  blog posted today .  He has accomplished quite abit nd has plans or a lot more.   These could be exciting times on the horizon . Have to give him for getting things done.   Considering money is tight at the Brook now he is ambitious.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 30, 2018, 01:51:35 am
  I just read Shawns latest  blog posted today .  He has accomplished quite abit nd has plans or a lot more.   These could be exciting times on the horizon . Have to give him for getting things done.   Considering money is tight at the Brook now he is ambitious.

I read this and then went to read the blog. Extremely ambitious. A few things jump out to me.

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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.

15K is the magic number for FBS football, so that's not a shock. The new concession stand is already in on the north side of the stadium and is a great addition.

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Provide appropriate facilities for new women's program(s) to be added in the future.

As per Title IX, if you're going to add scholarships for FBS football, you'll need to match that with 22 additional women's scholarships. Which sports he has in mind is anyone's guess, but comments like this are consistent with going FBS in football.

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Develop a soccer-specific venue for training and competition.

Now this is where we start going off the rails here. I know soccer is gaining popularity in the US, but I was previously of the opinion that if we were going to go FBS, we'd need to cut men's soccer in order to make the scholarship increase easier to stomach. Doubling down on soccer with a dedicated facility is going the opposite direction. Obviously the women's team could use it, but with words like this, Shawn has no intention of cutting anything anywhere. I'm curious how this will ultimately shake out as if we're going to go FBS, the move will have to be made in the next 5-7 years to align with the next College Football Playoff contract. How we're going to pay for 22 more football scholarships, more women's sports, the stadium expansion, and staffing costs associated with those moves is of great interest to me. We're already paying Coach P FBS money (seriously, look it up), but if we're going to be a respectable FBS program, we'll need to at least double the current allotment to coaching salaries for football.

Not saying we can't pull it off because we clearly can, but something is going to have to give somewhere. College Football Playoff distributions, FBS conference distributions, TV revenue, NCAA tournament credits (thank you UMBC) can offset many of these costs, but I'd rather be cautiously optimistic than be super bullish.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ry1nik on June 30, 2018, 06:58:59 am
Agree on doubt about the wisdom of putting money into soccer. Having a winning soccer program does little to enhance the stature of the university.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: OldSeawolf on June 30, 2018, 10:05:35 am
Agreed.  Soccer is not a winner at all.  Not to mention that soccer took a huge hit in this country with us not making the World Cup.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on June 30, 2018, 01:03:51 pm
 I would rather put money into football and the basketball programs that's where the major press coverage is .  Our other sports all should get their share . Soccer he is talking a complete new venue of 3500 seats so I have heard .   This could be interesting since I get the impression that FBS football is closer than we think for the Seawolves .  Our old rivals in the Big South Coastal Carolina and Liberty are both FBS now .  Coastal almost beat Arkansas last season losing by a field goal .
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 01, 2018, 01:32:38 pm
I would rather put money into football and the basketball programs that's where the major press coverage is .  Our other sports all should get their share . Soccer he is talking a complete new venue of 3500 seats so I have heard .   This could be interesting since I get the impression that FBS football is closer than we think for the Seawolves .  Our old rivals in the Big South Coastal Carolina and Liberty are both FBS now .  Coastal almost beat Arkansas last season losing by a field goal .

We are very close to FBS, what we need is a conference invite. I don't believe we should go the Liberty/Umass/NMSU route of being an FBS Independent, so we'll need to find a conference that will invite us. Best odds of that are the MAC, or a reconfigured CUSA with a more eastern tilt.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on July 01, 2018, 04:18:19 pm
The MAC would be great .  From what I have heard we have some support in that conference from Buffalo and few others .  Just gotta get that invite and build from there.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Hammertime on July 01, 2018, 05:26:57 pm
I would rather put money into football and the basketball programs that's where the major press coverage is .  Our other sports all should get their share . Soccer he is talking a complete new venue of 3500 seats so I have heard .   This could be interesting since I get the impression that FBS football is closer than we think for the Seawolves .  Our old rivals in the Big South Coastal Carolina and Liberty are both FBS now .  Coastal almost beat Arkansas last season losing by a field goal .

We are very close to FBS, what we need is a conference invite. I don't believe we should go the Liberty/Umass/NMSU route of being an FBS Independent, so we'll need to find a conference that will invite us. Best odds of that are the MAC, or a reconfigured CUSA with a more eastern tilt.

VASeawolf, Why do you say we are close. As much as I would love to see SB make that jump to FBS, I just dont see it anytime soon. SB would have make LaValle stadium to handle 15K seats, Min. and sell 15K tickets for each home game, if not then SB is on the hook to pay the difference. Correct me if i am wrong but i do believe that is one of the requirements from the NCAA. We do about 7K on average now.

Hofstra couldn't even handle the CAA in Football and was forced to drop it because of financial reasons. If I am not mistaken, there is a hiring freeze currently in affect and a cutback in $$$$ for athletics. How in the world can Shawn Heilbron pool a rabbit out of his hat and make the leap to FBS?? Unless they magically find a ton of money or if some big time booster steps forward, i just dont see how SB can ever make this fly.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 01, 2018, 07:28:25 pm
agreed; what could be worse than SB paying extra to buy it's own tickets, so that football can play in a literally half empty stadium.

i do agree as well that FB and BB should be priorities.  after that, baseball is historically successful and lacrosse is in anomaly (because of geographical reasons).

on to the women's side- wlax should become a top 5 priority if not higher.  can you even argue against it.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 01, 2018, 07:52:31 pm
The MAC would be great .  From what I have heard we have some support in that conference from Buffalo and few others .  Just gotta get that invite and build from there.

I believe we have support yes and there were talks with the MAC several years ago, however I don't believe Buffalo will be in favor of our membership. If we go FBS, their program becomes even more irrelevant than it already is since the only thing they have on us right now is being FBS. I suspect they'd fight against our inclusion into the MAC, but I'm happy to be wrong there.

Hammertime, yes the 15k average is a requirement for FBS, but nobody enforces that rule, it's not in the interest of the P5 to do so. If that rule were enforced, most of the MAC and Sun Belt would be relegated back down to FCS. Besides, I don't believe schools literally buy back their tickets at face value. You're in a way just buying your own product back at that point and paying yourself. Not sure I even see the point. Coastal Carolina got an invite to the Sun Belt when their stadium was smaller than ours is currently. If they can manage to be FBS, so can we. It may not happen tomorrow, but I can certainly see it within a decade. What Hofstra did with their program is of no concern to me. They have less than half the enrollment we do. All of our peer institutions and fellow public AAU members with football are FBS with the lone exception of UC Davis.

Being FBS gives you a huge boost as far as exposure and media dollars which would help to offset many of the increased costs we'd incur. Not only that, but FBS games tend to be much better attended than FCS games since it's difficult for FCS teams in large markets to be relevant. Attendance wouldn't be an issue if we were getting Army, Uconn, Temple, Buffalo etc. coming to Lavalle.

Chairman, I do worry about money, but on the same token we're already spending FBS level dollars on our athletic programs without the FBS exposure and revenues to offset that. With that information, no, I don't think FBS football is a huge stretch for SBU in the near future. Give the link below a look if you get the chance, it's updated NCAA financial data for public schools for the 2016-17 school year and it's very eye opening.

http://sports.usatoday.com/ncaa/finances/
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 01, 2018, 08:52:19 pm
thanks, very helpful.   :) :)
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on July 02, 2018, 11:39:47 am
When you read his plan even without FBS football we are planning to spend millions. Upgrades to the baseball and softball fields , more work on the pool ,  two new womens programs , locker room improvements etc.  That money has to come from somewhere.   Im sure we can pull it off in the next few years .
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 08, 2018, 09:29:40 pm
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Our finish of 90 placed us ahead of Power 5 schools Boston College (95), Rutgers (107), Pitt (111) and Georgia Tech (121). Following our strong start to the year, we were ranked 42 in the Directors' Cup Fall standings. The best finish in school history was 68 in 2011-12.


https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/7/5/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-july-5-2018.aspx?path=blog
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on July 08, 2018, 10:06:30 pm
He continues to move the ball forward . We are in good company and moving forward.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on August 23, 2018, 07:14:13 pm
analysis of recent wins against the power 5: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/8/23/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-aug-23-2018.aspx?path=blog

ouch, rutgers!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on August 23, 2018, 08:12:04 pm
analysis of recent wins against the power 5: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/8/23/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-aug-23-2018.aspx?path=blog

ouch, rutgers!

If we had played Rutgers in football last year, I have no doubt we would have beaten them too. And fairly easily at that.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on August 23, 2018, 09:29:43 pm
They just lost 8 players  today due to  credit card fraud these guys were operating. Sounds like Binghamton  from years back .   A real bunch of knuckleheads.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ecasadoSBU on August 23, 2018, 10:14:17 pm
They just lost 8 players  today due to  credit card fraud these guys were operating. Sounds like Binghamton  from years back .   A real bunch of knuckleheads.

embarrassing
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 02, 2018, 02:12:40 pm
is it me, or has every single headline the past few days been SB sports winning???
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on October 02, 2018, 05:05:39 pm
No  we are on a winning streak lately . Football , men and women's soccer and volleyball all had wins this past weekend and extended their respective streaks .    I think its the caliber of student athletes we are attracting now are just a little better than what it was several  years ago and don't forget better coaching staffs.   Money does make a difference in Div 1 sports.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on October 02, 2018, 11:23:16 pm
No  we are on a winning streak lately . Football , men and women's soccer and volleyball all had wins this past weekend and extended their respective streaks .    I think its the caliber of student athletes we are attracting now are just a little better than what it was several  years ago and don't forget better coaching staffs.   Money does make a difference in Div 1 sports.

Our facilities are among the best for a school at our level, and student athletes can get the same caliber of education that they'd get at a P5 school. SBU is becoming less and less of a secret which is great. I still think we need that big breakout athletic moment that will really put us on the map (Final Four, FCS title), but we're trending in the right direction.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 04, 2018, 03:52:08 pm
is it me, or has every single headline the past few days been SB sports winning???

https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/10/4/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-oct-4-2018.aspx?path=blog


The combined 9-0-1 start by those four teams has created a substantial buzz within our department. Our student-athletes feed off of the energy created by their collective success.  Now our task is to keep it rolling.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 18, 2018, 04:17:05 pm
it might be subtle to the casual listener- but we are having another great fall: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/10/18/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-oct-18-2018.aspx?path=blog


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Feeling Good
 
It was another perfect weekend for the Seawolves as our fall teams ran their combined conference record to 17-2-1, a remarkable 87.5 winning percentage.

There are a total of six fall championships that we are competing for, and I believe that we can win every one of them. Pick any program in the country and look at their combined record for football, volleyball, women's soccer and men's soccer. You will be hard-pressed to find a school that is experiencing anything close to what is happening at Stony Brook.


really nice momentum rolling into homecoming. GO SB
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on October 18, 2018, 08:24:27 pm
With  that being said Chairman  here are the results from tonight =  Volleyball SBU 3- Hartford 0 , Ladies Soccer SBU 2  Hartford 1 in OT .  We sweep the Hawks as the ladies march on toward maybe two conference titles
Wasn't too long ago these programs struggled now new coaching staffs a little stronger athletes and hungrier I might add  get more wins.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 22, 2018, 10:51:39 am
Stony Brook Athletics’ fall teams dominating conference play
http://www.sbstatesman.com/2018/10/21/stony-brook-athletics-fall-teams-dominating-conference-play/

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As of Oct. 21, the Stony Brook Seawolves’ fall-season teams are 22-3-1 in conference play, with its four pillars — Football, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer and Volleyball — all experiencing tremendous success this season.

Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron spoke highly of senior midfielder Serge Gamwanya.

“I think he deserves strong consideration for America East Player of the Year,” Heilbron said. “He’s a leader on the team who does so much on the field, with many things that don’t show up in the box score.”

The women’s soccer team, standing at 11-6-1 (6-1-1), has clinched a spot in the America East Championship for the third straight season.

he volleyball team may be experiencing the best stretch of them all, currently in the midst of a 10-game winning streak. Its 14-8 record, which includes a first-place 8-0 record against the America East, has proven that the Seawolves are no pretender after winning the school’s first conference title last year under newly-hired head coach Kristin Belzung.

Having previously worked at larger schools such as Oregon State and UCLA, he explained that the goals do not change depending on a university’s size.

For now, the answer is to win the America East regular season and take home the Commissioner’s Cup, in which Stony Brook has finished second to Albany for each of the last six years.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 25, 2018, 04:28:00 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/10/25/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-oct-25-2018.aspx?path=blog

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The first two America East championships are on the line this weekend as our men's and women's cross country teams compete on Saturday.
 
The men are looking for their third consecutive title while the women are seeking their first since 2012. Head coach Andy Ronan told me that he feels very good about both teams' chances going into the weekend. Juniors Cameron Avery and Vann Moffett lead the men's team while senior Annika Sisson and senior twin sisters Talia and Tiana Guevara pace the women.
 
As I told our staff at our all-department meeting last week, there is no reason that we can't win all six conference championships this fall. Let's get the first two on Saturday!

The football team is heading down to Harrisonburg, Virginia, with a purpose. Immediately after our 52-14 Homecoming win Saturday against Rhode Island, Chuck Priore told his team that they could enjoy it for "about 20 minutes." It was time to get focused on beating third-ranked James Madison. 
 
I really like the way that our team has approached this week. What I like most about it is that our approach hasn't changed a bit. Our team is 15-3 in the last 18 FCS games and Stony Brook is establishing itself as one of the premier teams in the CAA. That's what we have all worked toward, and I'm excited for the opportunity to make a massive statement on Saturday.
 
The game will be aired locally on SNY at 3:30 p.m. I can't wait!
 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 01, 2018, 04:06:05 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/11/1/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-nov-1-2018.aspx?path=blog

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Bye Week for Football: Recharging, Recruiting and Planning
Some teams take Sunday off and practice Monday through Thursday but Chuck started the Sunday night practices three years ago and has found them to be extremely productive.

Another factor that makes the bye week unique is that many of our coaches hit the recruiting trail. This is an extremely critical week as the early signing period for football when a prospective student-athlete can sign his National Letter of Intent begins on December 19. We have a very strong group already committed so having the opportunity to go visit those young men as well as several other prominent prospects is significant.

One of those items was announced earlier today as we agreed to a two-year extension of Chuck's current contract through 2022.


Men's Soccer Wins America East Regular Season Title


Men's Basketball Locked and Loaded
The biggest takeaways from our scrimmages are that we have the ability to play with several different lineups, Jeff Otchere is going to major factor protecting the rim and we need to limit turnovers.


Volleyball Keeps Rolling
Volleyball is trying to deliver our third regular season championship of the fall, and they can get one step closer by defeating Albany on Sunday.
 
The team has won a program-record 12 consecutive matches and is 9-0 in the America East. Kristin Belzung and her staff have done a tremendous job building this program over the past two years.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 08, 2018, 05:21:23 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/11/8/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-nov-8-2018.aspx?path=blog

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A Comeback for the Ages
In short, I really like our team and believe that we have all of the pieces necessary to win the league and go to the NCAA Tournament. Perhaps the strongest intangible that sets this team apart is that our guys love to compete. Guys are not just participating in drills, they are working to win drills. Practices are intense and the players are holding each other accountable.  Even water consumption has become a hotly contested event. (Our team received new water bottles that ensure proper hydration through an app that tracks how much water each student-athlete drinks throughout the day.)   


Volleyball in Midst of Historic Season
he list of historic accomplishments for Stony Brook volleyball in 2018 is impressive:
Program record 13-match winning streak
Perfect 10-0 record in America East play
Clinched America East regular season title and will host the conference tournament
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 12, 2018, 03:13:47 pm
https://news.stonybrook.edu/alumni/seawolves-make-a-believer-out-of-donor-john-garfinkel/

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Seawolves Make a Believer Out of Donor John Garfinkel

“I always hated the fact that New York is the fourth most populated state in the country,” Garfinkel said, “and there’s not one big-time sports program in a public school.”

So, when his State Farm colleague Brian Levitt, a former Stony Brook football player, invited Garfinkel to join him at the Deputy Chief Raymond Downey Golf Outing to benefit Stony Brook Athletics in 2010, it didn’t take much for Garfinkel to become enamored with the Seawolves program — especially once he had the opportunity to talk with longtime former Seawolves head coach Sam Kornhauser.

That relationship — and a spot on a football road trip that Garfinkel bought at the Golf Outing auction — marked the start of a long and powerful association between Garfinkel and Stony Brook Athletics, including a recent six-figure gift to be shared among the football, men’s and women’s basketball, and women’s lacrosse programs in addition to Seawolves United, a fundraising initiative dedicated to positively transforming the life of each student-athlete.

“Supporters like John Garfinkel exemplify what we’re talking about when we say, ‘Together We Transform,’” said Stony Brook Athletic Director Shawn Heilbron. “John’s latest contribution in eight years of loyal giving will have a tremendous impact for our student athletes and our creation of a powerhouse athletic program here at Stony Brook.”
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on November 12, 2018, 04:14:07 pm
I hope I can do that someday. Need to pay off these student loans first though lol  ;D Great story.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 13, 2018, 02:51:53 pm
https://news.stonybrook.edu/homespotlight/seawolf-wins-5000-for-tuition-in-dr-peppers-tuition-giveaway/

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Seawolf Wins $5,000 for Tuition in Dr. Pepper’s Tuition Giveaway

The rules of the contest were simple. To win, Koff had to toss a football into an inflated oversized Dr. Pepper can, throw the football into the hole with every hit counting as 1 point. The participant with the highest score would win the grand prize. Each finalist went individually. In the first round, Koff shared the lead with another participant; however, during the tie-breaker round, Koff hit 4 points, while his opponent hit only 3.


this type of thing increases student participation, i think.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on November 13, 2018, 03:15:01 pm
Agreed. We need more of this. Increases athletic attendance, and gets kids money for school. I'm all for it.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 15, 2018, 04:11:11 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/11/15/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-nov-15-2018.aspx?path=blog

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Battle for the Golden Apple
A win also solidifies a strong position in the FCS playoff field, which will be announced on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on ESPNU.


Volleyball Runs the Table, Hosts America East Tournament this Weekend
After winning 15 consecutive matches and running the table in conference play (12-0) for the first time in school history, our volleyball team will defend its America East championship in Pritchard Gym this weekend.
We will play Hartford at 6:30 in the second semifinal game tomorrow following the Albany-New Hampshire match, which begins at 4. The winners of each semifinal will play for the championship on Saturday at 6:30.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 29, 2018, 04:19:36 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/11/29/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-nov-29-2018.aspx?path=blog

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Basketball Booming

History is happening on the hardwood at Stony Brook.
 
Men's basketball is off to its best start in over 25 years while the women have won five straight, including their first-ever victory over a Big Ten opponent.
 

Volleyball Set to Face BYU in the NCAA Tournament
 
Speaking of history, our volleyball team is riding a school-record 17-match winning streak into tomorrow night's NCAA Tournament contest against No. 4 BYU in Provo.

Our team relishes the challenge of playing BYU, a team that enters the NCAA Tournament with a record of 27-1. Not only has the America East never won a match in the NCAA Tournament, it has never won a set.


Football Focused on 2019

(As a quick aside, perhaps the best news was that we learned late Saturday night that the injury sustained by Donnie Liotine was not nearly as serious as initially feared.) On the flight home, there was a great deal of conversation among the coaches about what needed to happen – immediately – in order to take the next step as a program. Chuck shared some of his thoughts with me prior to our touching down at MacArthur Airport. We plan to meet again tomorrow to continue the discussion. 

Although everyone on that plane was disappointed with how the season ended, we all share a determination and excitement about where our program is headed.

Now we must rise higher.

I believe in our coaches and our student-athletes. The reality is that we are 17-6 against FCS opponents over the past two seasons; our record was 10-10 in the two seasons before that. I'm extremely proud of how far our program has come in a relatively short period of time. We have a plan and it is working.
 
Next season we have seven home games and a roster loaded with talent.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on November 30, 2018, 02:30:00 am

Football Focused on 2019

(As a quick aside, perhaps the best news was that we learned late Saturday night that the injury sustained by Donnie Liotine was not nearly as serious as initially feared.) On the flight home, there was a great deal of conversation among the coaches about what needed to happen – immediately – in order to take the next step as a program. Chuck shared some of his thoughts with me prior to our touching down at MacArthur Airport. We plan to meet again tomorrow to continue the discussion. 


Awesome news about Liotine, but I'm very curious as to what changes could possibly be made. I will give Coach P some credit though, as he's changed coordinators and is willing to make some changes. Our offense these last two seasons looks much better than the abysmal showings we put our during the 15 and 16 season, so I know Coach P is willing to make changes, it just seems like we always revert back to the same old same old tactic. Running up the middle works great against teams you're just plain bigger than. It works great until it doesn't. Fortunately we were able to move the ball on pretty much everyone this past year which was good. It's not all bad, but I can't say I'm all that bullish on Coach P making the offensive changes we all know need to happen.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ecasadoSBU on November 30, 2018, 12:32:32 pm
I really hope they take the steps necessary to take us further into the playoffs. I don't want the program to plateau.

The positive is that the CAA will continue to offer vast opportunities for at-large bids in the future.

Lets go Seawolves!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on November 30, 2018, 12:53:03 pm
Additionally, JMU's coach Mike Houston is for sure not going to be coaching there next year, so you could expect at least a moderate step back from JMU, making things a little easier for everyone else. Towson looks to be the team to beat next year as they seem to get everybody back, but it's too early to tell. We're in a good spot as far as returning players next year too, so I'm fairly optimistic with Fields back there.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 30, 2018, 01:08:36 pm
do we even know that fields will start?

sure, it's unlikely for a red-FR to start, but not impossible...
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 13, 2018, 04:50:38 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/12/13/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-dec-13-2018.aspx?path=blog

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Noah Farrelly came to Stony Brook this fall filled with excitement as a freshman on the cross country team. A gifted runner and high-achieving student from Binghamton, Noah quickly bonded with his new teammates due to his kind heart and unique sense of humor.
 
Our department was rocked to the core on the evening of December 4 when we received news that Noah had been struck by a vehicle near campus while out for a run. Sadly his injuries were ultimately too traumatic to overcome, and he passed away peacefully two days later.
 
It is every athletic director's worst nightmare to lose a student-athlete. We have now experienced that devastation twice during my time at Stony Brook and I pray that it never happens again. When parents send their children to Stony Brook, they do so knowing that their daughters and sons are becoming a part of our Stony Brook Athletics family. Our family is extremely tight, and that is why we are hurting so badly right now.
 
Noah was an incredible young man who will forever be a part of our Seawolves' family. It is important that we honor him in such a way that future student-athletes, coaches and staff will know the kind of person that he was.
 
I ask you to please keep Noah and his family in your hearts and minds this holiday season. They will remain in ours forever.
 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 17, 2018, 08:09:41 pm
page 6 has a summary on athletics having a banner year: http://alumniandfriends.stonybrook.edu/site/DocServer/Presidents-Report-4Q.pdf;jsessionid=00000000.app226a?NONCE_TOKEN=2CADBC62948EB0CEA08218106DB1DCD5
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 21, 2018, 03:26:43 pm
a nice little resume of our body of work in 2018: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dsSlM-TQBI&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 27, 2018, 10:14:39 pm
and again: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2018/12/27/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-dec-27-2018.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 11, 2019, 04:29:59 pm
on the UNH game: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/1/10/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-jan-10-2019.aspx

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In fact, we specifically schedule all Saturday games for 7 p.m. because we believe that is when the energy is at its highest.

on warney:

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My second thought was that my friend and former Oregon State colleague Craig Robinson would be able to take Jameel under his wing. Craig was our head coach at OSU and now serves as the Vice President of Player Development for the Knicks. In his role he also manages operations for the G-League Knicks. When I went to watch Jameel play last year with the Mavericks at Madison Square Garden, I saw Craig and talked to him at length about the greatest player in Stony Brook history.
 
When I texted Craig and told him how excited that I was that Jameel was traded to Westchester, his response to me was: "Who do you think traded for him?" I have a very good feeling about this for Jameel, and Craig has a lot to do with it.

also please read the story about chris infantino.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 18, 2019, 08:55:53 am
a really great way to promote WBB: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/1/17/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-jan-17-2019.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on February 21, 2019, 03:33:00 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/2/21/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-feb-21-2019.aspx?path=blog

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Albany has won six straight America East Commissioner's Cup titles while we have finished second each time.

Our department was treated to another "Beat Albany" bagel breakfast this morning thanks to our women's basketball team, which earned a convincing 68-52 win over the Great Danes last night.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on March 14, 2019, 05:31:00 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/3/14/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-march-14-2019.aspx?path=blog

looks like men's bball might get a post-season invitation
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on March 28, 2019, 05:25:04 pm
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This is crunch time. We currently lead Albany in the America East Commissioner's Cup standings heading into the stretch run for our spring sports. Let's get it!

https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/3/28/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-march-27-2019.aspx?path=blog
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on April 25, 2019, 05:12:01 pm
we are in very good hands: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/4/25/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-april-25-2019.aspx?path=blog

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As I thought about what to write this week, I realized what I really want is to hear from you. If you have a question, I will answer it. If you have a suggestion, I will consider it. The future of Stony Brook Athletics is in our hands, and the more connected that we all are the better. My email is shawn.heilbron@stonybrook.edu and you may also connect with me on Twitter at @ShawnHeilbron. Let me hear from you!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 02, 2019, 04:39:30 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/5/2/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-may-2-2019.aspx?path=blog

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This is the first year that both the men and women are playing their tournaments on the same days, which means that there are four games taking place today.

Our women took the first step toward their seventh-straight America East title by defeating UMBC earlier today by a score of 17-5.

Lacrosse isn't the only sport that will crown champions this weekend as the America East Track and Field Championships will be held in Albany.

We're having incredible success but we can do more. Our teams finished first in men's and women's soccer, volleyball, tennis, men's lacrosse and women's lacrosse. Men's basketball, men's cross country and women's cross country finished second. Football reached the NCAA Playoffs.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 06, 2019, 08:02:08 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/5/5/football-colonial-athletic-association-selects-flosports-as-primary-media-partner.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on May 06, 2019, 09:18:25 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/5/5/football-colonial-athletic-association-selects-flosports-as-primary-media-partner.aspx

I'd need to see the numbers on this, but I think this deal is a bunch of crap at first glance. That "seven figure annual payout" is for every single school in the entire conference, both full members an affiliates. That's going to workout to almost nothing for SBU each year, and is an even worse deal for all-sports CAA members like Hofstra, JMU, and Delaware, since their fans will need to pay $12.95 a month to get access to their games. ESPN+ is only $5 a month and comes with much more content.

There's no money in FCS media rights, so why the hell is the league office signing deals like this? Just be like the MVFC, Southland, and others and put all the games up on ESPN3 so fans can easily watch, as well as get the league a little bit more exposure. This is a stupid move. We'll get what? $10k a year from them for our rights? Buncha crap.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ecasadoSBU on May 26, 2019, 04:39:27 pm
Did we win the cup or what? I feel like we had a really solid year overall?!?!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: ecasadoSBU on June 06, 2019, 09:13:30 pm
Stony Brook secures program's first Commisioner's Cup

https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/6/6/general-stony-brook-secures-programs-first-commissioners-cup.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 13, 2019, 04:17:53 pm
haskell cup!

https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/6/13/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-june-13-2019.aspx?path=blog

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Dubin Family Indoor Training Center Update
 
Construction is progressing on the Dubin Family Indoor Training Center with the steel expected to go up the week of July 8.
 
Although rain throughout the spring caused some delays, the project continues to move forward and is scheduled for a December completion date.
 
Coming Up…           
 
Our search to identify the next leader of our men's lacrosse program is intensifying. I can assure you that no stone has been left unturned. There are so many outstanding coaches and this decision is going to be extremely difficult!
 
I can assure you that we are going land an exceptional coach who will elevate our program. The goal is to play on Memorial Day weekend, and we're going to hire the guy who will get us there.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 18, 2019, 10:12:17 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/7/18/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-july-18-2019.aspx

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I am an overly optimistic person by nature, but I am also a realist. We clearly have more work to do and are just scratching the surface of what we can be. More of our teams need to reach NCAA postseason play and we must continue to knock off Power 5 opponents. The next five-year plan will be ambitious, but this is the time to decide what we want to be. I want to be great. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes want to be great. 
 
I'm looking forward to working alongside our Interim President Michael Bernstein, who is extremely knowledgeable about Division I athletics, as we continue to build our program.
 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 21, 2019, 12:18:55 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/7/18/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-july-18-2019.aspx

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I am an overly optimistic person by nature, but I am also a realist. We clearly have more work to do and are just scratching the surface of what we can be. More of our teams need to reach NCAA postseason play and we must continue to knock off Power 5 opponents. The next five-year plan will be ambitious, but this is the time to decide what we want to be. I want to be great. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes want to be great. 
 
I'm looking forward to working alongside our Interim President Michael Bernstein, who is extremely knowledgeable about Division I athletics, as we continue to build our program.
 

"Ambitious." "Time to decide what we want to be."

Sounds like FBS football is part of the plan to me! Also, I LOVE the optimism around basketball even with Lamb coming back to Vermont.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Hammertime on July 21, 2019, 02:41:34 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/7/18/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-july-18-2019.aspx

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I am an overly optimistic person by nature, but I am also a realist. We clearly have more work to do and are just scratching the surface of what we can be. More of our teams need to reach NCAA postseason play and we must continue to knock off Power 5 opponents. The next five-year plan will be ambitious, but this is the time to decide what we want to be. I want to be great. Our coaches, staff and student-athletes want to be great. 
 
I'm looking forward to working alongside our Interim President Michael Bernstein, who is extremely knowledgeable about Division I athletics, as we continue to build our program.
 

"Ambitious." "Time to decide what we want to be."

Sounds like FBS football is part of the plan to me! Also, I LOVE the optimism around basketball even with Lamb coming back to Vermont.

If somehow Shawn Heilbron squeaked out an invite for SB to make that leap into FBS, I'll be the biggest Wolfie this school has ever seen!! But come on, let's be real. The AAE wont even give JMU a look into their conference and is okay with 11 members. Why would SB get that invite today????
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Seawolf97 on July 21, 2019, 04:13:13 pm
JMU is good but they cant touch our academic profile .  The best they got is graduating  Master's Degree students.  SBU is an AAU Member with  the ability to graduate  MD's as well as PHD's  in multiple disciplines.  It is more than football  to move up .
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 22, 2019, 12:54:07 am
JMU is good but they cant touch our academic profile .  The best they got is graduating  Master's Degree students.  SBU is an AAU Member with  the ability to graduate  MD's as well as PHD's  in multiple disciplines.  It is more than football  to move up .

Exactly this. The academics matter more than the sports. You can build a sports program fairly easily, especially if you're FBS playing high profile teams. It's much harder to build up the academic side of the house. Most people don't understand most of realignment comes down to academics. This puts SBU in a great position going forward to move up to a better conference.

Of course when Heilbron talks about "ambitions" in this case, he could also mean something like an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance or FCS national title (lmao yeah right  :D ).
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: Hammertime on July 22, 2019, 06:02:56 am
JMU is good but they cant touch our academic profile .  The best they got is graduating  Master's Degree students.  SBU is an AAU Member with  the ability to graduate  MD's as well as PHD's  in multiple disciplines.  It is more than football  to move up .

Exactly this. The academics matter more than the sports. You can build a sports program fairly easily, especially if you're FBS playing high profile teams. It's much harder to build up the academic side of the house. Most people don't understand most of realignment comes down to academics. This puts SBU in a great position going forward to move up to a better conference.

Of course when Heilbron talks about "ambitions" in this case, he could also mean something like an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance or FCS national title (lmao yeah right  :D ).

I want nothing more to see SB make that move up to FBS before I leave this state. But, I don't see it happening. One look at UMASS, UCONN, and that's enough for SB to not fall into that trap.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 22, 2019, 07:27:21 am
JMU is good but they cant touch our academic profile .  The best they got is graduating  Master's Degree students.  SBU is an AAU Member with  the ability to graduate  MD's as well as PHD's  in multiple disciplines.  It is more than football  to move up .

Exactly this. The academics matter more than the sports. You can build a sports program fairly easily, especially if you're FBS playing high profile teams. It's much harder to build up the academic side of the house. Most people don't understand most of realignment comes down to academics. This puts SBU in a great position going forward to move up to a better conference.

Of course when Heilbron talks about "ambitions" in this case, he could also mean something like an NCAA tournament Sweet 16 appearance or FCS national title (lmao yeah right  :D ).

I want nothing more to see SB make that move up to FBS before I leave this state. But, I don't see it happening. One look at UMASS, UCONN, and that's enough for SB to not fall into that trap.

UMass decided to turn down the MAC in order to stay in the A10. Their football struggles as a result, however if you look at their games they're quite competitive, coming close to some big wins. I'd love to see them make a bowl.

Uconn has been awful these past few years. However less than a decade ago they were doing fairly well in the Football Big East and made a BCS bowl. They've just made some bad coaching hires. I'd love to see them do well as an independent too. If they can play a more regional schedule and get some fans in the seats that would be good for them. Northeast football is the strongest it has been in a long time. Buffalo, Army, Syracuse, and Penn St. were all ranked last year at one point or another, and Temple has turned themselves around from being the laughing stock of the FBS to a good program. Things really aren't so bad up here.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 25, 2019, 02:08:08 pm
first release of the 20th anniversary team (looks pretty good): https://stonybrookathletics.com/sports/2019/7/25/parts-of-20th-anniversary-team.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 27, 2019, 10:53:57 am
the new let's make history initiative:

(https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D_iwepGXkAEVLD-.jpg)
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 28, 2019, 03:46:05 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/7/25/general-heilbron-announces-addition-promotions-within-senior-leadership-team.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on August 22, 2019, 04:26:21 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/8/22/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-august-22-2019.aspx?path=blog

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My message was centered on raising the bar. Last year was successful, but it's in the past and we shouldn't be satisfied. We only won six regular season conference championships but only three tournament titles.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on September 12, 2019, 05:56:16 pm
new VLOG format: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/9/12/general-together-we-transform-thursday-vlog-sept-12-2019.aspx?path=general

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKzgrErmbAU
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on September 12, 2019, 11:54:34 pm
new VLOG format: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/9/12/general-together-we-transform-thursday-vlog-sept-12-2019.aspx?path=general

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKzgrErmbAU

I like the Vlog format. Drives engagement and gets additional content out there.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on September 20, 2019, 04:35:29 pm
another step towards the gold standard: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/9/20/general-stony-brook-athletics-adds-training-table-to-benefit-student-athlete-nutrition.aspx

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. – On Monday of this week, Stony Brook student-athletes were presented with a new competitive edge in performance nutrition with the introduction of the Seawolves training table.
 
The training table, located in Wolves Den of Island Federal Arena, is open Monday thru Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and is part of the meal plan for the student-athletes. It features a menu that allows the student-athletes to have meals that include high quality nutrient-rich foods.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on September 20, 2019, 04:35:55 pm
and this too: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/9/20/football-seawolves-saturdays-this-weeks-enhanced-fan-experience.aspx

well done, SB
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 14, 2019, 09:07:03 pm
https://buffalonews.com/2019/10/11/ub-athletic-salaries-suny-binghamton-stony-brook-albany-mac/

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UB’s athletic department in the 2017-18 fiscal year dedicated 36.9% of its expenses, totaling more than $15 million, to coaches and staff, according to a USA Today database. Five years earlier, that figure was 29.6%.

It’s the highest percentage of athletic department expenses devoted to salaries among the four Division I State University of New York athletic programs, ahead of Binghamton (31.3%), Albany (29.9%) and Stony Brook (25.1%).
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 14, 2019, 09:07:54 pm
https://www.sportsvideo.org/2019/10/14/espn-embraces-automated-production-for-coverage-of-american-east-on-digital-platforms/

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ESPN Embraces Automated Production for Coverage of America East on Digital Platforms

The most recent advance is the use of two automated production systems from Automatic TV, a Mediapro company, and Pixellot to cover America East sports at seven venues on four university campuses: Massachusetts, Vermont, Stony Brook, and Hartford, CT. The sports covered initially will include soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and volleyball.

The University of Hartford and Stony Brook University will each have two systems: one for an indoor venue and one for an outdoor venue.

Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Redwyn on October 15, 2019, 07:29:03 am
From the article:

UB’s 11 head coaches will earn a combined base salary total of $1,650,370, which is 10.9% of its athletic department salaries and ranks third in total base salary among the SUNY schools. Stony Brook's 13 head coaches will make $2,092,868. As is the case at UB with Victoria Mitchell, it is common in track for coaches to lead both the men's and women's teams in indoor and outdoor and the men's and women's cross country teams.

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This is unsurprising. It highlights our very favorable financial position vs. the other SUNYs. There's no question that out vertical is far higher, but we all knew that. It also puts a lot of pressure on us to generate return on that investment.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: OldSeawolf on October 15, 2019, 07:38:18 am
From the article:

UB’s 11 head coaches will earn a combined base salary total of $1,650,370, which is 10.9% of its athletic department salaries and ranks third in total base salary among the SUNY schools. Stony Brook's 13 head coaches will make $2,092,868. As is the case at UB with Victoria Mitchell, it is common in track for coaches to lead both the men's and women's teams in indoor and outdoor and the men's and women's cross country teams.

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This is unsurprising. It highlights our very favorable financial position vs. the other SUNYs. There's no question that out vertical is far higher, but we all knew that. It also puts a lot of pressure on us to generate return on that investment.

Let's hope that this continues under the new (or to-be-named) President.  It all starts at the top, and without that firm backing, could always change.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on October 15, 2019, 05:03:36 pm
From the article:

UB’s 11 head coaches will earn a combined base salary total of $1,650,370, which is 10.9% of its athletic department salaries and ranks third in total base salary among the SUNY schools. Stony Brook's 13 head coaches will make $2,092,868. As is the case at UB with Victoria Mitchell, it is common in track for coaches to lead both the men's and women's teams in indoor and outdoor and the men's and women's cross country teams.

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This is unsurprising. It highlights our very favorable financial position vs. the other SUNYs. There's no question that out vertical is far higher, but we all knew that. It also puts a lot of pressure on us to generate return on that investment.

Not be a debbie downer, but there's a significant difference in cost of living between Long Island and Buffalo. Once you adjust for that, I suspect UB is paying their coaches significantly more than we are. Of course, there's something to be said for having so much wealth and affluence near your campus, something Buffalo can't lay claim to.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Redwyn on October 15, 2019, 09:24:43 pm
Agreed. That said, the cost of living may be lower but so is the quality of life IMHO. Buffalo metro has taken great strides and has Toronto nearby, but LI and NYC have climate, cultural and proxy advantages.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 16, 2019, 05:25:05 pm
AthleticDirectorU has ranked the AD Jobs in the America East
https://www.basketballforum.com/america-east-conference/685615-ot-athleticdirectoru-has-ranked-ad-jobs-america-east.html

Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 04, 2019, 02:25:47 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2019/12/4/general-stony-brook-hires-adam-rubin-as-associate-ad-for-strategic-communications.aspx

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STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Former ESPN beat reporter Adam Rubin has been tapped as the new Associate Director of Athletics for Strategic Communications, the department of athletics announced.  In his role as Associate AD, he will be responsible for the development, implementation and execution of the department's strategic communication initiatives. Rubin comes to Stony Brook after nearly three years in a similar role at the New York Institute of Technology.
 
During his tenure at New York Tech, Rubin made a dramatic impact on the coverage of the athletic program.  He more than doubled the social media and website traffic each year while unveiling several initiatives that landed the program national media attention.
 
While with ESPN, Rubin built the largest social media following of any team-specific MLB reporter.  In that role, he made frequent appearances on "SportsCenter" and hosted a baseball show on ESPN 98.7 radio in New York. He also has worked for the New York Daily News and Birmingham (Ala.) News and is an active voter for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown.

He is a 1995 graduate of the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in economics and concentration in marketing. He originally is from Bellmore, Long Island, and attended Mepham High School.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on December 06, 2019, 12:37:22 pm
Excellent hire. Should increase the exposure of SBU and SBU sports which we desperately need. It's criminal that a university as good as SBU is largely known outside of the Northeast due to our low profile athletics. This helps.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 06, 2019, 12:44:10 pm
well stated- it answers the question why do universities spend so many millions on what some perceive as useless athletic contests.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 19, 2019, 03:12:34 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6E_E4OLUdIQ

Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on December 27, 2019, 02:38:38 pm
anyone notice that the official SB athletics website has much more original content recently?  well done!

now if we get checkie his own column...
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on December 27, 2019, 06:41:51 pm
that’s the Adam Rubin magic
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on January 30, 2020, 06:42:30 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjtQl-I8heY
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on February 28, 2020, 08:30:24 am
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/2/27/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-february-27-2020.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on March 19, 2020, 04:23:57 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/3/19/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-march-19-2020.aspx

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There will be a time and place to celebrate our women's basketball team and allow them to cut down the nets. We are in possession of the championship trophy along with the hats and shirts that are rightfully theirs. A women's championship banner will be hung for the first time in our Division I history as well.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on March 26, 2020, 04:09:14 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/3/26/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-march-26-2020.aspx

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The top priority of our campus remains the functioning of our hospital. We are prepared to do our part by preparing Island Federal Arena, Pritchard Gym and our outdoor facilities should they be needed.
 
My days are spent on conference calls and video meetings. I am in constant communication with University leadership and am proud of the coordinated effort that is taking place. The resumption of the spring semester is scheduled for Monday as all of our students move to distance learning. In Athletics, our academic advisors are prepared to assist all of our student-athletes and ensure their success in their new virtual classrooms.
 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on April 09, 2020, 04:03:32 pm
townhall starting now: https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookAthletics/live/
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on April 09, 2020, 10:56:41 pm
replay https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookAthletics/videos/vb.19510552595/215202349895525/?type=2&theater
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on April 10, 2020, 12:24:13 pm
He did say that him and the new president are working hard to move to the next level? That bring content is not acceptable? I didn’t get a chance to watch the whole video but I saw this thread on Twitter which I assume is accurate

https://twitter.com/ethantsbu/status/1248346370739748870
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on April 16, 2020, 03:06:28 pm
“ I had an extremely positive call with incoming president Maurie McInnis on Friday. Her thorough knowledge and deep appreciation of Division I athletics aligns well with our vision.”

Alright, Shawn, you’re saying the things I want you to say. But I want it in action! Sounds like the new president backs ascension but it’s still too early to tell.

https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/4/16/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-april-16-2020.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on May 31, 2020, 07:13:06 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/5/31/general-amessage-to-the-stony-brook-athletics-family-from-ad-shawn-heilbron.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on May 31, 2020, 07:57:15 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/5/31/general-amessage-to-the-stony-brook-athletics-family-from-ad-shawn-heilbron.aspx

SH is a very smart man. Stony Brook should be honored to have him as their AD.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on May 31, 2020, 10:48:04 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/5/31/general-amessage-to-the-stony-brook-athletics-family-from-ad-shawn-heilbron.aspx

SH is a very smart man. Stony Brook should be honored to have him as their AD.

I largely agree. The day will come though when someone prominent buys him away from us. Likely a prominent Pac-12 program. He's a west coast guy at heart. Though he may have been here long enough that that's changed by now. I don't know.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 01, 2020, 08:38:37 am
that or texas.  lot's of universities, and they do like revenue sports down there!

(and he is a texan)
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: OldSeawolf on June 01, 2020, 12:59:45 pm
SH seems like a good guy, and overall I think he’s incrementally helped SBU athletics programs. Also, I think he’s added integrity to the athletics dept, which the last guy lacked.

That said, don’t be surprised if he gets poached and/or is looking elsewhere. New President may very well want her own team on board, including the AD position.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on June 01, 2020, 02:59:11 pm
SH seems like a good guy, and overall I think he’s incrementally helped SBU athletics programs. Also, I think he’s added integrity to the athletics dept, which the last guy lacked.

That said, don’t be surprised if he gets poached and/or is looking elsewhere. New President may very well want her own team on board, including the AD position.

And if she did that it would be her first big mistake as SB President. I could see SH bailing for a higher paying job elsewhere though.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 02, 2020, 09:55:56 am
SH seems like a good guy, and overall I think he’s incrementally helped SBU athletics programs. Also, I think he’s added integrity to the athletics dept, which the last guy lacked.

That said, don’t be surprised if he gets poached and/or is looking elsewhere. New President may very well want her own team on board, including the AD position.

And if she did that it would be her first big mistake as SB President. I could see SH bailing for a higher paying job elsewhere though.

I agree. If she did that she'd be hella stupid, but I don't think that's what happens. I think instead of building SBU up from the level we're currently at athletically, Shawn sees an easier, better job at a stronger school and takes it. At least there he won't have to deal with stupid NYS bull**** state politics when it comes to funding. With all the shutdowns and the economic collapse, it'll be very hard to get SBU the money it needs earmarked for moving up. I wish we were able to take advantage of the situation 6-7 years ago and expand the stadium to 15k then.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: ry1nik on June 02, 2020, 10:07:36 am
The huge economic loss the state is experiencing from COVID would have been enough to drive down funding for higher education over the next few budget years. Add to that the costs associated with the protests and riots. A stadium (or any facilities) expansion is out of the question at this point.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on June 02, 2020, 01:58:20 pm
SH seems like a good guy, and overall I think he’s incrementally helped SBU athletics programs. Also, I think he’s added integrity to the athletics dept, which the last guy lacked.

That said, don’t be surprised if he gets poached and/or is looking elsewhere. New President may very well want her own team on board, including the AD position.

And if she did that it would be her first big mistake as SB President. I could see SH bailing for a higher paying job elsewhere though.

I agree. If she did that she'd be hella stupid, but I don't think that's what happens. I think instead of building SBU up from the level we're currently at athletically, Shawn sees an easier, better job at a stronger school and takes it. At least there he won't have to deal with stupid NYS bull**** state politics when it comes to funding. With all the shutdowns and the economic collapse, it'll be very hard to get SBU the money it needs earmarked for moving up. I wish we were able to take advantage of the situation 6-7 years ago and expand the stadium to 15k then.

I agree. The economic collapse will take a decade or more to balance out again. SBU was having money issues before this COVID issue was even around. Monies earmarked for athletics are over on the state level. Private donations are the only way to fund college sports as we know it.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on June 02, 2020, 02:19:23 pm
Cuomo really should have approved the stadium expansion when he had the chance! ****! I’ll never forgive him.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on June 02, 2020, 04:42:41 pm
Cuomo really should have approved the stadium expansion when he had the chance! ****! I’ll never forgive him.

As much as I would like to have seen LaValle stadium double in size, it would be a waste. SB cant even sell out Homecoming games. What makes you think they can fill up a 20k seat stadium. Forget it. It's not even worth talking about anymore.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 02, 2020, 06:53:42 pm
the money should have been spent enhancing student life

then, we can fill our existing stadium
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 03, 2020, 05:05:01 pm
We can talk about should haves and would haves all day long. Given the way things work in this state, if you get the chance to upgrade your stadium you have to take it. Who knows when the next time we'll get the chance to do that will be? FBS requires at least 15k, and ideally you want to have some room to grow beyond that. We're a long ways away from that 25k rendering from a few years back, but when you get the chance to do something you have to take advantage of it. UB and UA are scared we'll lap them completely if we get a bigger stadium and go FBS. We already have several advantages due to our location alone.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on June 03, 2020, 05:11:32 pm
We can talk about should haves and would haves all day long. Given the way things work in this state, if you get the chance to upgrade your stadium you have to take it. Who knows when the next time we'll get the chance to do that will be? FBS requires at least 15k, and ideally you want to have some room to grow beyond that. We're a long ways away from that 25k rendering from a few years back, but when you get the chance to do something you have to take advantage of it. UB and UA are scared we'll lap them completely if we get a bigger stadium and go FBS. We already have several advantages due to our location alone.

SB couldn't fill all the existing seats in the past. Do you really think if LaValle stadium had 25,000 seats, at will fill up, even if they were in an FBS conference?
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 04, 2020, 09:47:40 am
i have to agree.

also- i think our geographic location is probably is single biggest setback.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 05, 2020, 01:33:14 pm
i have to agree.

also- i think our geographic location is probably is single biggest setback.

Howso? SBU is the best public university option for all of the kids in NYC and LI. That's a population base of over 11M to pull students from with one of the world's most significant cities right there. How in the world is that a setback compared to those cities upstate that are seeing their populations decline?
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 05, 2020, 02:21:00 pm
its a good question.

firstly- how can it be a good location when such a large portion of LIers won't attend SB, but would rather go to Buff/Bing/ua?

secondly, we are isolated.  LI is a bubble, full stop.  hard to get to.  traffic.  hard to get out.  high prices.  difficult people.  scarce open space.  not gown-friendly.  it's the reason you see LIers go up to bingo but not bingo kids down to LI.  rinse/repeat with another upstate region.  add that to #1, and we lose across the board.

while we are on the topic. LIers arent the easiest to get along with.  because it's insular.  ask an SB grad from a different region how that feels.  it's part of the reason those students last two semesters and split.

we say we are NY-accessible, but we all know it's really not.  2hrs on the train, or deal with 90min of driving and good luck finding/paying for parking, college kids!

realistically, the large population we draw off of is LI, queens, brooklyn, bronx.  none of which either have strong sports (relatively speaking), nor care about sports. 

add to that- that each one of those kids CAN and most WILL go home every weekend.

because of the train.  geography.

and the campus is in the middle of affluent suburbs.  it hinders off campus housing; college kids cannot afford an 800k house with 25k in taxes.  so they stay home, stay in the miserably overfilled dorms, or move to selden, PJ, mt. sinai, nowhere near campus.  the student population is thus fragmented.  don't give them any reason not to show up to something.  with all the distractions and technology today.  add in a car, designated driver, parking, traffic, and time.  time away from laptops and chargers. 

the campus also is just not designed well.  there's no congregation area.  there's nothing open on weekends.  no actual houses on campus.  no one is there.  and then it becomes cyclical, feeding off itself.  this may never change and it's a shame.

i think the only real solution here- and it's a long term one- is twofold.  they really need private industry to come in and build houses and a college town with a scene (and it needs to be done correctly).  secondly, they need to get away from this enrollment of local kids who just go home on thursday afternoons and return monday.  use the excelsior program, take in kids from the cap district, southern tier, CNY, ADK, WNY.  free money, more contribution to the community. 

all you need to do is spend a saturday night up in guilderland and you'll quickly see why they will eclipse us.  if they haven't already.

http://sbufan.createaforum.com/around-stony-brook/making-sb-better-idea-thread/

(and i didnt even get into what the campus looks like, it's lack of history, tradition, spirit, and the indifferent faculty)
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on June 05, 2020, 04:02:37 pm
People don’t like it when I speak badly about people who go home on the weekends. They tell me I shouldn’t tell other people what to do with their lives. Well, I will, because what you’re doing is actively harming the university.

We need our new president to be forceful and ruthless, stopping at nothing to get what is good for our schools. Construct more housing and give a middle finger to the local residents who oppose it. Publicly talk down on commuting and going home on the weekend because that’s not what real college students do. Make going to athletic events a command, where you will feel left out if you don’t go. Force and leadership is necessary.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on June 06, 2020, 05:09:41 am
its a good question.

firstly- how can it be a good location when such a large portion of LIers won't attend SB, but would rather go to Buff/Bing/ua?

secondly, we are isolated.  LI is a bubble, full stop.  hard to get to.  traffic.  hard to get out.  high prices.  difficult people.  scarce open space.  not gown-friendly.  it's the reason you see LIers go up to bingo but not bingo kids down to LI.  rinse/repeat with another upstate region.  add that to #1, and we lose across the board.

while we are on the topic. LIers arent the easiest to get along with.  because it's insular.  ask an SB grad from a different region how that feels.  it's part of the reason those students last two semesters and split.

we say we are NY-accessible, but we all know it's really not.  2hrs on the train, or deal with 90min of driving and good luck finding/paying for parking, college kids!

realistically, the large population we draw off of is LI, queens, brooklyn, bronx.  none of which either have strong sports (relatively speaking), nor care about sports. 

add to that- that each one of those kids CAN and most WILL go home every weekend.

because of the train.  geography.

and the campus is in the middle of affluent suburbs.  it hinders off campus housing; college kids cannot afford an 800k house with 25k in taxes.  so they stay home, stay in the miserably overfilled dorms, or move to selden, PJ, mt. sinai, nowhere near campus.  the student population is thus fragmented.  don't give them any reason not to show up to something.  with all the distractions and technology today.  add in a car, designated driver, parking, traffic, and time.  time away from laptops and chargers. 

the campus also is just not designed well.  there's no congregation area.  there's nothing open on weekends.  no actual houses on campus.  no one is there.  and then it becomes cyclical, feeding off itself.  this may never change and it's a shame.

i think the only real solution here- and it's a long term one- is twofold.  they really need private industry to come in and build houses and a college town with a scene (and it needs to be done correctly).  secondly, they need to get away from this enrollment of local kids who just go home on thursday afternoons and return monday.  use the excelsior program, take in kids from the cap district, southern tier, CNY, ADK, WNY.  free money, more contribution to the community. 

all you need to do is spend a saturday night up in guilderland and you'll quickly see why they will eclipse us.  if they haven't already.

http://sbufan.createaforum.com/around-stony-brook/making-sb-better-idea-thread/

(and i didnt even get into what the campus looks like, it's lack of history, tradition, spirit, and the indifferent faculty)

Spot on Chairman. Well said.

May I add one more thing. You wont say it but I will.

You have to realize, even if SB found away to keep the majority of students on campus for the weekend they still won't be attending any football and BB games. Almost 50% of Stony Brook students are of International descent. They don't care about American sports. They are only here to learn our way of life. Learn our engineering, our business, then take it back to their country to steal our innovations and technology..( I had to say that Chair). But seriously. They start up manufacturing in Asia and sell our products back to us. All this because of our very good education system in America.

Bottom line. I've come to the conclusion, after over 10 years of attending SB sports, this University will never, ever be like a Syracuse, a Penn State, Rutgers, or even a B.C.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 07, 2020, 06:00:44 pm
its a good question.

firstly- how can it be a good location when such a large portion of LIers won't attend SB, but would rather go to Buff/Bing/ua?

secondly, we are isolated.  LI is a bubble, full stop.  hard to get to.  traffic.  hard to get out.  high prices.  difficult people.  scarce open space.  not gown-friendly.  it's the reason you see LIers go up to bingo but not bingo kids down to LI.  rinse/repeat with another upstate region.  add that to #1, and we lose across the board.

while we are on the topic. LIers arent the easiest to get along with.  because it's insular.  ask an SB grad from a different region how that feels.  it's part of the reason those students last two semesters and split.

we say we are NY-accessible, but we all know it's really not.  2hrs on the train, or deal with 90min of driving and good luck finding/paying for parking, college kids!

realistically, the large population we draw off of is LI, queens, brooklyn, bronx.  none of which either have strong sports (relatively speaking), nor care about sports. 

add to that- that each one of those kids CAN and most WILL go home every weekend.

because of the train.  geography.

and the campus is in the middle of affluent suburbs.  it hinders off campus housing; college kids cannot afford an 800k house with 25k in taxes.  so they stay home, stay in the miserably overfilled dorms, or move to selden, PJ, mt. sinai, nowhere near campus.  the student population is thus fragmented.  don't give them any reason not to show up to something.  with all the distractions and technology today.  add in a car, designated driver, parking, traffic, and time.  time away from laptops and chargers. 

the campus also is just not designed well.  there's no congregation area.  there's nothing open on weekends.  no actual houses on campus.  no one is there.  and then it becomes cyclical, feeding off itself.  this may never change and it's a shame.

i think the only real solution here- and it's a long term one- is twofold.  they really need private industry to come in and build houses and a college town with a scene (and it needs to be done correctly).  secondly, they need to get away from this enrollment of local kids who just go home on thursday afternoons and return monday.  use the excelsior program, take in kids from the cap district, southern tier, CNY, ADK, WNY.  free money, more contribution to the community. 

all you need to do is spend a saturday night up in guilderland and you'll quickly see why they will eclipse us.  if they haven't already.

http://sbufan.createaforum.com/around-stony-brook/making-sb-better-idea-thread/

(and i didnt even get into what the campus looks like, it's lack of history, tradition, spirit, and the indifferent faculty)

Spot on Chairman. Well said.

May I add one more thing. You wont say it but I will.

You have to realize, even if SB found away to keep the majority of students on campus for the weekend they still won't be attending any football and BB games. Almost 50% of Stony Brook students are of International descent. They don't care about American sports. They are only here to learn our way of life. Learn our engineering, our business, then take it back to their country to steal our innovations and technology..( I had to say that Chair). But seriously. They start up manufacturing in Asia and sell our products back to us. All this because of our very good education system in America.

Bottom line. I've come to the conclusion, after over 10 years of attending SB sports, this University will never, ever be like a Syracuse, a Penn State, Rutgers, or even a B.C.

10 years ago we had just barely started offering all of our allotted scholarships for football, 20 years ago we had just left division 2 and weren't even in the AAU yet. Change can happen and fairly quickly, but you can't throw your hands up and expect it will never happen. Academically we're there, but it's the other parts of the school we need to improve. The points made about our demographic make up have some merit and are worth considering. More out of state kids who stay on campus, and a shift in campus culture towards a more sociable one will over time improve the perception of the university. Change can happen, but we can't just give up on it. 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Wolffan on June 07, 2020, 07:49:52 pm
Just to throw in my two cents that as SBU continues to climb academically we'll draw more and more from NYC, international students, and the top academic  LI kids who are going SUNY. Thus, I wouldn't expect to see an increase in students who are likely to head to football games.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: iBOsbu on June 08, 2020, 09:20:03 am
I agree with most of the sentiments here... including attracting LI kids to bolster stadium attendance, but not at the expense of city kids, especially innercity kids. I am not in favor of reducing students from the city, even if they leave for the weekend to see their families.. Most of these are talented students from poor, lower-middle or middle-class families who are not affluent like the LI families that can afford Syracuse, NYU etc. These kids are getting world-class education that is affordable at Stony Brook. While l love the Seawolves and our Seawolves family, if its a choice between providing education to have-nots and athletics experience, I know what I would choose in a heartbeat.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 08, 2020, 09:45:24 am
it's a fair point that i agree with- there's a more subtle point in there though that i want to clarify-

it's not that i think we should bypass better students from downstate in favor of worse students;

it's that if you can get the student from elsewhere, with all other aspects being equal, then let's prefer those who will contribute to the community.

i truly believe that, if the campus life gets bad enough (which it is), you will start to alienate good students anywhere.  bringing everything down. 

in other words, keeping a vibrant college atmosphere is part of attracting the best students, and the U endangers that by being a suitcase college.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Moveitfred on June 08, 2020, 10:46:17 am
There is also this possibility mired in the mix:

What if our entire notion of a university, especially as it pertains to student life and gathering and sports and atmosphere, will be modestly/significantly/completely changed in the next several years or possibly our lifetimes because of health protocols and risks? What can any university do on the sports and student life end of things before that other big thing gets figured out? Is our vision of the vibrant university, built from past experience, applicable in the future?

And certainly there will be many opinions about the virus situation and where we stand. Go to your favorite partisan news source today and you'll get all the answers you want to hear.

Truth is, we don't know, and it's possible "a university" will need to be re-imagined by taking a hard look at what it can and cannot do. With regard to the interests here, that could be a change or end to some sports, to the fan experience, even what it means to "go to" a university.


Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 08, 2020, 12:00:05 pm
excellent point.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on June 08, 2020, 01:11:45 pm
if its a choice between providing education to have-nots and athletics experience, I know what I would choose in a heartbeat.

I also know which one I would choose in a heartbeat... it just probably isn't the same as yours.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on June 08, 2020, 11:09:43 pm
There is also this possibility mired in the mix:

What if our entire notion of a university, especially as it pertains to student life and gathering and sports and atmosphere, will be modestly/significantly/completely changed in the next several years or possibly our lifetimes because of health protocols and risks? What can any university do on the sports and student life end of things before that other big thing gets figured out? Is our vision of the vibrant university, built from past experience, applicable in the future?

And certainly there will be many opinions about the virus situation and where we stand. Go to your favorite partisan news source today and you'll get all the answers you want to hear.

Truth is, we don't know, and it's possible "a university" will need to be re-imagined by taking a hard look at what it can and cannot do. With regard to the interests here, that could be a change or end to some sports, to the fan experience, even what it means to "go to" a university.

This is a good point, but I think the change you're talking about pertains to the cost of school overall, and with class time being augmented with online learning and community college is the traditional four year school with the big tuition, room and board, student debt, etc. worth it? Many already decided college was a bubble and didn't want to partake. As far as student life? I think that will bounce back. It's not like people will never go to a bar or congregate ever again just because of a once in 100 year virus.  I expect things to come back. Will take a couple years, but they'll come back. 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on June 14, 2020, 08:37:31 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/6/13/general-stony-brook-student-athletes-to-receive-election-day-off.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 24, 2020, 07:47:30 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/7/23/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-july-23-2020.aspx

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Ultimately the myriad complexities proved to be too difficult to overcome, leading to the difficult decision to postpone fall sports to the spring.
 
Chief among those complexities is travel. Almost half of our scheduled football opponents (Florida Atlantic, Towson, Richmond, Delaware and William & Mary) are in states that require a 14-day self-quarantine when traveling to New York. We would have had to scramble to find opponents, a situation made all the more complicated with potential regional opponents from the Patriot and Ivy Leagues taken off of the board due to their earlier decisions to postpone fall sports.

As part of our budget planning, we asked each head coach to identify cost savings that could contribute to our overall savings plan. That process resulted in trips canceled, scholarships saved, positions left unfilled and equipment purchases curtailed. Our head coaches deserve tremendous credit for their understanding and willingness to seek solutions in support of the department's fiscal needs.

In the America East, sport-specific task forces were created to examine scheduling scenarios that would ensure more regional contests and less travel. The CAA went so far as to create six potential schedules, including one that had each team playing a home-and-home series against four conference opponents. Imagine having two bites at the Golden Apple in one season!
 
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 25, 2020, 03:32:31 am
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 25, 2020, 05:19:54 am
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on July 25, 2020, 02:38:43 pm
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 25, 2020, 04:20:47 pm
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.

That's my problem. I will not be forced to be vacainted by a rush job, hurry up drug. I also have a HUGE problem with government control, (socialism)  telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. If that means I cant go into any major sporting event, coliseum, etc..... So be it. I'll watch it on television!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: OldSeawolf on July 25, 2020, 04:51:33 pm
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.

That's my problem. I will not be forced to be vacainted by a rush job, hurry up drug. I also have a HUGE problem with government control, (socialism)  telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. If that means I cant go into any major sporting event, coliseum, etc..... So be it. I'll watch it on television!

Not looking to get political at all, but since EVERYTHING is political today, I expect half the country to get the vaccine; half not.  I've heard that we need 50% compliance to achieve herd immunity, so a working vaccine could achieve that.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 26, 2020, 07:34:51 am
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.

That's my problem. I will not be forced to be vacainted by a rush job, hurry up drug. I also have a HUGE problem with government control, (socialism)  telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. If that means I cant go into any major sporting event, coliseum, etc..... So be it. I'll watch it on television!

Not looking to get political at all, but since EVERYTHING is political today, I expect half the country to get the vaccine; half not.  I've heard that we need 50% compliance to achieve herd immunity, so a working vaccine could achieve that.

I agree with half the country wanting the vaccine and the other half not. I got the coronavirus back in March. I didn't even know I had it. I was checked three different times for the IgG antibodies and my numbers all came in very high. As far as I am concerned, I am protected. Now, that doesnt mean I will always have the antibodies, the same way getting the vaccine doesnt guarantee I will always have the antibodies against covid19.

If people are willing to get vacainted against covid19, by all means do it. I just have a major problem with the Goverment telling citizens they must, or its a law to get vacainted. And this is coming from a guy who worked for the Goverment.

Things are going to heat up big time in this country when the vaccine is readily available and the governors start mandating citizens to get vacainted, otherwise you cnt attend any big, social gatherings. Watch and see. That will happen.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: ry1nik on July 26, 2020, 08:07:36 am
Never has a vaccine been mandated (except for children who want to attend public schools, to protect other children) and never will a COVID vaccine be mandated.However, it is not a constitutional right to attend a sporting event without complying with the organizers’ safety requirements...which may include vaccination for entry.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: OldSeawolf on July 26, 2020, 08:30:51 am
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.

That's my problem. I will not be forced to be vacainted by a rush job, hurry up drug. I also have a HUGE problem with government control, (socialism)  telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. If that means I cant go into any major sporting event, coliseum, etc..... So be it. I'll watch it on television!

Not looking to get political at all, but since EVERYTHING is political today, I expect half the country to get the vaccine; half not.  I've heard that we need 50% compliance to achieve herd immunity, so a working vaccine could achieve that.

I agree with half the country wanting the vaccine and the other half not. I got the coronavirus back in March. I didn't even know I had it. I was checked three different times for the IgG antibodies and my numbers all came in very high. As far as I am concerned, I am protected. Now, that doesnt mean I will always have the antibodies, the same way getting the vaccine doesnt guarantee I will always have the antibodies against covid19.

If people are willing to get vacainted against covid19, by all means do it. I just have a major problem with the Goverment telling citizens they must, or its a law to get vacainted. And this is coming from a guy who worked for the Goverment.

Things are going to heat up big time in this country when the vaccine is readily available and the governors start mandating citizens to get vacainted, otherwise you cnt attend any big, social gatherings. Watch and see. That will happen.

Glad you didn't get sick, and I don't disagree with anything you've said here.  My concern is not so much the issue of whether it will be mandated or not, but due to the gravity of the situation, I'm concerned that there may be too much pressure to get it out quickly, and potentially to not be sufficiently tested.  That is medically concerning to me.   After all, there is a pot of gold (directly or indirectly) to the company(s) that get it out first.  But I agree with Ry1nik too, public venues will have a right to deny entrance to those that aren't vaccinated, to protect the health of their client base.  The public at large may actually demand this.  It shall be interesting, and of course, will turn into another political football.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 26, 2020, 10:05:23 am
Never has a vaccine been mandated (except for children who want to attend public schools, to protect other children) and never will a COVID vaccine be mandated.However, it is not a constitutional right to attend a sporting event without complying with the organizers’ safety requirements...which may include vaccination for entry.

We haven't had a Pandemic like this since the Spnish Flu in 1918, or there about. Not to be political about this but if Biden gets in the WH, I could see the democrats mandating this though..

As far as sporting events showing proof of vaccination before entering, that would be the kiss of death to that organization. If 50% of people oppose vaccination , that's 50% less spectators .

If the Goverment doesnt sign into law that you cant sue people because you think you got the virus from one particular place, then this country is more screwed up then ever before.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 26, 2020, 10:11:42 am
I'm all in favor of full on cancellation of fall sports including football. Just wear your goddamn masks and hopefully in 2021 we'll be ready to try again.

What if in 2021, we are in the same position. Cancel sports again? This crap is not going away. We, as a society need to make adjustment and live our lives and move on. A vaccine will most likely be available by the fall of 2021, but how many people will take it. Not me! Does that pose a threat to sports? I say play ball but with no fans, Just like in MLB.

Assuming it works out, the vaccine will be key to containing this. If people continue to wear masks and get the goddamn vaccine (Just take it, not having that debate right now) yes we'll be fine for sports in 2021. Vaccination of athletes will likely be mandatory along with students who intend to come on campus.

That's my problem. I will not be forced to be vacainted by a rush job, hurry up drug. I also have a HUGE problem with government control, (socialism)  telling me what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. If that means I cant go into any major sporting event, coliseum, etc..... So be it. I'll watch it on television!

Not looking to get political at all, but since EVERYTHING is political today, I expect half the country to get the vaccine; half not.  I've heard that we need 50% compliance to achieve herd immunity, so a working vaccine could achieve that.

I agree with half the country wanting the vaccine and the other half not. I got the coronavirus back in March. I didn't even know I had it. I was checked three different times for the IgG antibodies and my numbers all came in very high. As far as I am concerned, I am protected. Now, that doesnt mean I will always have the antibodies, the same way getting the vaccine doesnt guarantee I will always have the antibodies against covid19.

If people are willing to get vacainted against covid19, by all means do it. I just have a major problem with the Goverment telling citizens they must, or its a law to get vacainted. And this is coming from a guy who worked for the Goverment.

Things are going to heat up big time in this country when the vaccine is readily available and the governors start mandating citizens to get vacainted, otherwise you cnt attend any big, social gatherings. Watch and see. That will happen.

Glad you didn't get sick, and I don't disagree with anything you've said here.  My concern is not so much the issue of whether it will be mandated or not, but due to the gravity of the situation, I'm concerned that there may be too much pressure to get it out quickly, and potentially to not be sufficiently tested.  That is medically concerning to me.   After all, there is a pot of gold (directly or indirectly) to the company(s) that get it out first.  But I agree with Ry1nik too, public venues will have a right to deny entrance to those that aren't vaccinated, to protect the health of their client base.  The public at large may actually demand this.  It shall be interesting, and of course, will turn into another political football.

Thats why I wont get the vaccine. I have concerns of it's efficacy and safety. There could be more harm done to people then getting the virus. I also think the Goverment signed into law waiving any lawsuits against Bio and Pharma  companies because of this pandemic.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 26, 2020, 08:50:50 pm
members- just wanted to say how great it is that we can have a reasoned, respectful discussion here, unlike so many other online forums.  without crossing the line into the inappropriate.  as a result, we will continue to let spirited discussion and disagreement thrive on this topic in this thread.

please continue to do so.  we have a chance here to be above the fray and set the example for civil discourse- the example that our most storied institutions (lawmakers, cabinet, media, etc.) fail to grasp.  well done my fellow SB fans.

 ;D
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on July 27, 2020, 05:33:29 am
members- just wanted to say how great it is that we can have a reasoned, respectful discussion here, unlike so many other online forums.  without crossing the line into the inappropriate.  as a result, we will continue to let spirited discussion and disagreement thrive on this topic in this thread.

please continue to do so.  we have a chance here to be above the fray and set the example for civil discourse- the example that our most storied institutions (lawmakers, cabinet, media, etc.) fail to grasp.  well done my fellow SB fans.

 ;D

LOL, excuse my ignorance but was that sarcasm or genuine...
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on July 27, 2020, 09:21:34 am
serious.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on September 10, 2020, 05:43:12 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/9/10/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-sept-10-2020.aspx

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Basketball season was originally slated to begin with games on Nov. 10, but is likely to move to Nov. 25 based upon a joint recommendation from the NCAA committees that oversee men's and women's basketball. The rationale makes sense. Most campuses are scheduled to clear out at Thanksgiving, so disruption for basketball teams will be limited.

As for football, the CAA soon will finalize a schedule for the spring. We do know that the regular season will end on April 17, with selections for the FCS playoffs taking place the following day. The team has been working hard and looking forward to "fall ball" in October.

The spring season, which will be limited to a maximum of eight regular-season games, is going to be a springboard for the fall.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on September 10, 2020, 06:10:40 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/9/10/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-sept-10-2020.aspx

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Basketball season was originally slated to begin with games on Nov. 10, but is likely to move to Nov. 25 based upon a joint recommendation from the NCAA committees that oversee men's and women's basketball. The rationale makes sense. Most campuses are scheduled to clear out at Thanksgiving, so disruption for basketball teams will be limited.

As for football, the CAA soon will finalize a schedule for the spring. We do know that the regular season will end on April 17, with selections for the FCS playoffs taking place the following day. The team has been working hard and looking forward to "fall ball" in October.

The spring season, which will be limited to a maximum of eight regular-season games, is going to be a springboard for the fall.

A total **** show!
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: VA_Seawolf on September 11, 2020, 02:08:00 am
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/9/10/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-sept-10-2020.aspx

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Basketball season was originally slated to begin with games on Nov. 10, but is likely to move to Nov. 25 based upon a joint recommendation from the NCAA committees that oversee men's and women's basketball. The rationale makes sense. Most campuses are scheduled to clear out at Thanksgiving, so disruption for basketball teams will be limited.

As for football, the CAA soon will finalize a schedule for the spring. We do know that the regular season will end on April 17, with selections for the FCS playoffs taking place the following day. The team has been working hard and looking forward to "fall ball" in October.

The spring season, which will be limited to a maximum of eight regular-season games, is going to be a springboard for the fall.

A total **** show!

I disagree. I was against a spring season because it throws off the 2021 season, however if we use it in place of Spring football, limit it to 8 games, and then start the 2021 season in October as it seems to be the plan then I think this could work out well. Plus we get football year round from now until early 2022 basically in one form or another. I'm down.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Hammertime on September 11, 2020, 10:56:27 am
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/9/10/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-sept-10-2020.aspx

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Basketball season was originally slated to begin with games on Nov. 10, but is likely to move to Nov. 25 based upon a joint recommendation from the NCAA committees that oversee men's and women's basketball. The rationale makes sense. Most campuses are scheduled to clear out at Thanksgiving, so disruption for basketball teams will be limited.

As for football, the CAA soon will finalize a schedule for the spring. We do know that the regular season will end on April 17, with selections for the FCS playoffs taking place the following day. The team has been working hard and looking forward to "fall ball" in October.

The spring season, which will be limited to a maximum of eight regular-season games, is going to be a springboard for the fall.

A total **** show!

I disagree. I was against a spring season because it throws off the 2021 season, however if we use it in place of Spring football, limit it to 8 games, and then start the 2021 season in October as it seems to be the plan then I think this could work out well. Plus we get football year round from now until early 2022 basically in one form or another. I'm down.

If Biden wins the Presidency this will all change again. He will mostly shut the country down and sports, entertainment, concerts and all recreation events will be on hold. He sais it himself...I say the CAA should have played this Fall and do in conference games only. Or, play other D1 teams in your own state. We have many football teams between the  FCS and FBS in States where the CAA partisapates.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 02, 2020, 05:50:18 pm
https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/10/1/together-we-transform-blog-together-we-transform-thursday-oct-1-2020.aspx

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The NCAA Division I Board of Directors approved shifting the first date of competition for basketball from Nov. 10 to Nov. 25, and our teams could not be more excited to get the season underway. From the time our teams returned to campus, progressing from individual workouts (one ball with one coach on one basket) to full-team practices, the energy has been off the charts.

 It has been a mad scramble to rebuild the nonconference schedules, but everything is finally coming together. Sharing a state with a large number of Division I programs certainly has provided tremendous scheduling flexibility.

Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 06, 2020, 12:12:10 pm
two important dates approaching-

SH townhall thursday 10/8 7pm https://www.facebook.com/StonyBrookAthletics/
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Join Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron this Thursday, October 8th at 7 p.m. for a special Town Hall where he will discuss the present and future of Stony Brook Athletics while answering your questions.
The live Town Hall, which will be linked from the Stony Brook Athletics Facebook Page, is designed to be interactive and informative as Stony Brook sports are preparing to return.
Additionally, the evening will include the official launch of the Believe in the Seawolves fundraising campaign - a fundraising effort to provide financial support for Stony Brook Athletics in the face of severe budget challenges.

All members of the Stony Brook Athletic Community are welcome: student-athletes, coaches and other staff, fans, alumni, parents, sponsors and other friends of the program.

For more information about the Believe in the Seawolves Town Hall please contact SeawolvesUnited@stonybrook.edu


SB giving day 10/8 https://givingday2020.stonybrook.edu/o/stony-brook-university/i/givingday2020/s/seawolves-united-believeintheseawolves

Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Green Opaque on October 07, 2020, 05:30:35 pm
I would be so overjoyed if the athletic department is just overexaggerating their "financial problems" in order to gain even more money from people and lead to actual constructive changes.
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 08, 2020, 07:33:29 pm
townhall- FB will have two non-conf games, one is set (says we should be excited for it- maybe RuTgers?!?!?) and the other is pending.

i'm so glad we have heilbron to build our athletics dept- and also to pull us through the pandemic.  so so so many sports fans hate their AD.  we have the opposite- this is the right guy for our program.  he has the right message.  the goal is the same.  pandemic or not.  win championships. 

he actually welcomes the higher expectations.  its the way to win.

PS- $130k raised by 7:30pm, just today, and still going
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on October 10, 2020, 09:03:43 am
over $200k raised: https://stonybrookathletics.com/news/2020/10/9/general-seawolves-supporters-make-giving-day-resounding-success.aspx
Title: Re: Shawn Heilbron / TWT
Post by: Chairman of the Board on November 04, 2020, 12:31:12 pm
discussion with SH: https://stonybrookathletics.podbean.com/e/the-howl-s2-e11-stony-brook-ad-shawn-heilbron/

mostly mbb/wbb, football
election
spring sports at a high level
state funding dwindling