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Stony Brook Squash
« on: February 27, 2018, 02:38:10 pm »
Not sure how many of you know this, but when I was an UG at SBU in the late 1970's/early 1980's, we had a Squash team, which was Division 1 - our only D1 sport, I believe, until we upgraded our athletics department with the overall move to D1.

Not sure how many Squash teams there were in the country, but we ranked in the nation's Top 20, 24 different seasons.  And to top it off, we had an NCAA All-American player, Stu Goldstein (class of '1974), who went Pro, and ranked # 1 in the world internationally for 2 of his 8 pro years.  He also was a subsequent large donor to the University.

Here's an article on that:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/athletics/gen/acad.htm

Pretty cool stuff.   Anyone know why we disbanded squash as an intercollegiate sport?
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Re: Stony Brook Squash
« Reply #1 on: February 27, 2018, 02:44:06 pm »
was very familiar with goldstein through the signs in the athletics complex.  of course, we sacrificed our squash courts for a better cause- an NFL caliber training facility.  but we did name the academic center after him and he's in the HoF.  thanks for sharing!
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Re: Stony Brook Squash
« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2018, 06:42:46 pm »
Not sure how many of you know this, but when I was an UG at SBU in the late 1970's/early 1980's, we had a Squash team, which was Division 1 - our only D1 sport, I believe, until we upgraded our athletics department with the overall move to D1.

Not sure how many Squash teams there were in the country, but we ranked in the nation's Top 20, 24 different seasons.  And to top it off, we had an NCAA All-American player, Stu Goldstein (class of '1974), who went Pro, and ranked # 1 in the world internationally for 2 of his 8 pro years.  He also was a subsequent large donor to the University.

Here's an article on that:

http://www.stonybrook.edu/athletics/gen/acad.htm

Pretty cool stuff.   Anyone know why we disbanded squash as an intercollegiate sport?
Stuart was also the RA in Kelly A when I was a freshman there in Ď75. I remember him clearly.

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Re: Stony Brook Squash
« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2018, 09:53:26 pm »
I was a Freshman in 1976, but donít remember him. I do remember Snyder, the squash coach, who always had a cigar in his mouth. He was also the guy who ran a great intramural program at sbu.

Back when you could take phys ed courses for credit, I took racquetball/squash one semester. Loved RB, but hated squash - didnít like the dead ball.

Glad we have the FB facility now, but I logged quite a few hrs of RB time during my years at sbu, so a little bittersweet to see those courts gone.
How old a Seawolf am I? I followed them during their Final 4 DIII hoops run in 1977-78 (they were called the Patriots then)