2008 Coach's Corner #1 - A Letter From The Desk Of Coach Priore
Aug. 18, 2008
Stony Brook, N.Y. - The Stony Brook University Football Coaching Staff would like to welcome you to the 2008 Stony Brook Football Family. This is the first installment of a weekly newsletter created to provide you, our supporters, with valuable insight into the Stony Brook University Football program. It is our pleasure to take this opportunity to connect you to the 2008 Seawolves team by letting you know what we are experiencing as the season progresses. We invite you to join us in our journey this season.
Preseason training camp began on August 4th and thus far, the dedication of our student-athletes is paying off. During the summer months, 60 of our student-athletes remained on campus to participate in a summer workout program and it clearly has enhanced our strength, speed and agility at every position. It is that type of dedication that provides the foundation for a winning program.
Winning football games is about being prepared. As we inch closer to the 2008 season, I feel that we are better prepared in every phase or our program to meet the challenges of the Big South Conference and the caliber of opponents on our non-conference schedule.
During the last two weeks, our team has begun to develop a "winning personality". The offensive line is a veteran group led by Captain Lawrence Lovell '09 (Brooklyn, N.Y.) and Steve Council '10 (Plainfield, N.J.). Lovell and Council will lead the way for a ground attack that features a deep and talented group of running backs anchored by Conte Cuttino '10 (Uniondale, N.Y.) and Brandon Mason '09 (Phillipsburg, N.J.). On defense, we have seen great improvement in our speed and ferocity in swarming to the football. The improved physicality, led by Captain Adam Soivilien '09 (Dorchester, MA), will certainly fortify our ability to stop the run and force opposing offenses into difficult yardage situations.
The 2008 season begins on August 30 and our first opponent will be Colgate out of the Patriot League - a great opening day match-up for us. As we prepare for the rigors of the Big South conference slate, Colgate provides us with the opportunity to test ourselves against a solid, well-established football program. The key to our success will be our ability to execute our game plan by focusing on the little details to get the job done.
The team is looking forward to seeing you at our season opener on Saturday, August 30 under the lights at LaValle Stadium. We promise an exciting team to watch, a festive game atmosphere and don't forget, there will be a post-game fireworks show for all to enjoy. So, be sure to come out and join us as we kick off the 2008 Stony Brook Football season.
As always, wear red and Go Seawolves!