Stony Brook Athletics finishes 2011-12 among the elite in the nation
June 29, 2012
Stony Brook, N.Y. - After a record-breaking 2011-12 athletic season, Stony Brook Athletics has finished the year among the elite college athletics programs in the nation. Stony Brook placed 68th in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup standings and 62nd in the Capital One Cup men's standings.
The Learfield Sports Directors' Cup was developed as a joint effort between the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) and USA Today. Points are awarded based on each institution's finish in up to 20 sports -- 10 women's and 10 men's. Stony Brook finished with 276 points, the fifth-most among Football Championship Subdivision schools, behind only Princeton, Harvard, Georgetown and Cornell, and the highest among America East institutions.
The Capital One Cup is awarded annually to each of the best men's and women's Division I college athletics programs in the country. Points toward the Capital One Cup are earned and tracked throughout the year based on final standings of NCAA Championships and final official coaches' polls. Only 101 of the NCAA's 345 Div. I schools earned points in the Capital One Cup with the Seawolves earning nine points to finish 62nd.
Stony Brook was the only Div. I program in the country to send its football, men's soccer, men's basketball, men's lacrosse and baseball teams to a NCAA sanctioned national postseason tournament in 2011-12.
"This acknowledgement of excellence is a credit to the tireless effort, passion and swagger of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and entire university community," Stony Brook Director of Athletics Jim Fiore said. "This was truly a banner year for Seawolves Athletics, and we are incredibly proud to represent Stony Brook University. To earn recognition in the Director's Cup and the Captial One Cup are terrific achievements; however, this is just the beginning. We take pride in seeing Stony Brook coaches and student-athletes succeed at the national level, and we expect to continue our trajectory in the coming years. Our best days are certainly ahead of us."
Stony Brook's banner 2011-12 season included nine conference championships, six national postseason appearances, an individual national champion in women's track & field and the baseball team's run to the College World Series that shocked the world. The Seawolves had one national player of the year, one national coach of the year, three first-team All-Americans, 10 conference players of the year, eight conference coaches of the year, three conference rookies of the year and 71 all-conference selections. In the classroom, Stony Brook produced 190 student-athletes on the America East Honor Roll for achieving a 3.0 GPA or higher, six Seawolves were individually honored as the America East Scholar-Athlete of the Year in their respective sports and one scholar-athlete was named a Capital One Academic All-American.