Countdown to #Seawolves Tip-Off: Seawolves Strong
Oct. 28, 2013
Stony Brook, N.Y. – The Stony Brook women’s basketball program has made great strides on the court in the past two seasons, highlighted by a turnaround that ranked in the top-10 nationally and a scoring defense that was 44th in the country last year.
The reason behind the squad’s ascent is not simply good defense or offensive improvements that saw the Seawolves average nearly 10 points per game higher in 2012-13 than they did in 2011-12. It’s the work Stony Brook puts in during practice and most notably, the weight room that has turned it into a respected competitor that was picked third in the America East preseason coaches’ poll.
“Our strength and conditioning program has been really important for us in building our team culture,” O’Boyle said. “The team challenges have pushed our players mentally and physically, and it’s helped develop team accountability.”
David Van Dyke, Assistant Athletics Director for Speed, Strength and Conditioning, heads up a department that encourages student-athletes to take ownership over their fitness programs.
“It’s a total, year-round commitment to getting as strong as we can and becoming the best basketball players we can be,” Van Dyke said. “We design challenges with limited information and direction but a clear objective and timeline. Within that, they have to work together as a team to accomplish a goal. We really stress working together, communicating and being good teammates and leaders.”
As O’Boyle and the Seawolves continue to build and work towards becoming a championship program, they know Van Dyke’s role will continue to become even more important.
“Coach Van Dyke has been awesome,” O’Boyle said. “With so many newcomers to our program, the speed of the game gets faster and the players get stronger. Without his work with our players in the weight room, we wouldn’t have been able to improve so quickly.”
The Dubin Center, opened on June 6, 2012 thanks to a $4.3 donation—the largest private donation ever to an athletics department within the State University of New York (SUNY) system—from alumnus Glenn Dubin allows women’s basketball players and all student-athletes to use state-of-the-art equipment in a beautiful facility.
“We have the best equipment money can buy,” he said. “We went out and bought everything that was the best for our athletes and how we train. We’re not limited by anything.”
See the #Seawolves’ hard work pay off this season as the ascent continues Nov. 8. Call (631) 632-WOLF for tickets.