Recap the week that was in Stony Brook Athletics
Stony Brook finishes 2012-13 season with program-best 25-8 record.
Seawolves look to move one step closer to Madison Square Garden and the NIT Final Four.
Seawolves advance to play Iowa in the second round Friday on ESPNU.
Seawolves seek their first-ever national postseason tournament victory.
Dan Rickard is in his ninth season on the Stony Brook men's basketball coaching staff and has been a part of a complete renaissance under head coach Steve Pikiell that includes the most successful run in program history. Rickard is responsible for all aspects of the program, including serving as offensive coordinator, backcourt player development, recruiting, game and practice planning, scouting and film.
Since being promoted to assistant coach in 2007, Rickard has been a part of three America East regular season championships and three postseason NIT berths. In those six seasons, Stony Brook has racked up 107 wins. That came after winning just 77 games in the previous eight seasons. In the last two seasons alone with Rickard on staff, Stony Brook has gone 47-18 overall and 28-4 in America East. The 28 conference wins over the last two seasons and the 49 over the last four seasons rank first in the nine-team league.
In 2012-13 Rickard coached a Seawolves team that won a Div. I program record 25 games, which also led all Metropolitan New York schools, captured its third regular season championship and NIT berth in the last four years and won its first-ever national postseason game, a 71-58 victory at Massachusetts in the first round of the NIT. The team finished the year ranked No. 20 in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll.
As offensive coordinator, Rickard has helped develop a Seawolves offense that has blossomed over the last few seasons. In each of the last three seasons, the offense has improved in points per game, field goal percentage, three-point field goal percentage, assists and assist-to-turnover ratio. In 2012-13 alone, Stony Brook was in the top three of America East in six different offensive categories and led the conference in scoring (68.0 PPG) for the first time ever.
As recruiter, Rickard's tireless efforts have helped Stony Brook recruit some of the best and brightest in program history. Rickard helped land Tommy Brenton, who went on to develop into a two-time America East Defensive Player of the Year and the 2013 America East Player of the Year. Brenton's 2012-13 season went down as one of the greatest ever in program history as he led the team in rebounds, steals and assists. He was named the 2013 recipient of the Lefty Driesell Award as the National Defensive Player of the Year and was named an All-America honorable mention by the Associated Press. Brenton graduated as the program's all-time leader in rebounds, assists and steals.
As backcourt coach, Rickard has mentored a pair of All-America East guards in Bryan Dougher and Dave Coley. Dougher graduated as the program's all-time Div. I leader in points and three-pointers made and was a three-time All-America East selection, including first-team honors in 2012. Coley, a steady offensive threat and one of the best defenders on the team, has developed into an All-Conference guard, earning third team and All-Defensive honors in 2013.
Rickard has been at Stony Brook for over a decade, having played for the Seawolves from 2002-04. He appeared in 14 games over two seasons and helped the Seawolves reach the America East Championship semifinals in 2004, the furthest the program had advanced in the tournament at that time. Rickard graduated from Stony Brook in May 2004 with his bachelor's degree in Mathematics. He went on to earn his Master of Arts in Liberal Studies in 2006 while serving as the men's basketball graduate assistant.
Rickard lives in Port Jefferson with his wife Courtney Rickard, Stony Brook's assistant athletic director for student-athlete development, and their son Patrick.