Laskowski and Macarchuk receive ECAC Lifetime Achievement Award
Dec. 9, 2013
Dr. Richard Laskowski (left picture) and Nick Macarchuk were honored with the ECAC Lifetime Acheivement Award Saturday at Madison Square Garden
NEW YORK - Former Stony Brook Athletics administrators Dr. Richard Laskowski and Nick Macarchuk were recipients of the ECAC's Lifetime Achievement Award and were honored last Saturday at the Madison Square Garden Holiday Festival during the St. John's-Fordham game. Laskowski was the Dean of Physical Education and Athletics at Stony Brook from 1993-2003, and Macarchuk was the Stony Brook head men's basketball coach from 1999-2005.
Laskowski helped usher Stony Brook from Div. III to Div. I, led the program's entrance to the America East Conference and oversaw the construction and opening of Kenneth P. LaValle Stadium, the department's outstanding football, soccer and lacrosse facility. Prior to working at Stony Brook, Laskowski spent 19 years at St. John's, where his duties involved management, marketing, program development, finance, compliance, operations, arena management and fundraising.
Macarchuk was Stony Brook's first Div. I head men's basketball coach, and he led the #Seawolves to 64 wins in six seasons. He presided over the program's first-ever Div. I winning season in 2000-01, leading the team to a 17-11 record. The team's home record that season was 13-1 and included a 12-game home winning streak. Macarchuk was also at the helm for one of the program's biggest upset wins, a 62-58 victory over top seed Boston University in the 2004 America East Championship quarterfinals. Prior to coming to Stony Brook, Macarchuk was also head coach at Canisius and Fordham. In 28 years, he amassed 374 wins and was named Coach of the Year seven times.