Stony Brook University accepts invitation to join Colonial Athletic Association |
After two decades of excellence on and off the court at the America East Conference, Stony Brook University has accepted an invitation to join the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) as a full-time member, raising the profile of the university and enhancing the student-athlete experience. .
Stony Brook president Maurie McInnis and athletic director Shawn Heilbron made the announcement Jan. 25. same conference.
“I am very pleased to announce that Stony Brook University will join the Colonial Athletic Association,” said McInnis. “This invitation is a historic milestone for our institution and a testament to our tremendous growth – both academically and athletically – over the past two decades. Today would not be possible without the dedication of our student-athletes and coaches, who paved the way for this moment. Our future is bright and we look forward to competing for CAA Championships in the years to come! »
The Stony Brook football team has been participating in CAA since 2013. Decisions regarding programming formats and championship field sizes are ongoing and will be determined over the coming months.
“Today marks the start of an exciting new chapter in Stony Brook Athletics history as we announce our transition to the Colonial Athletic Association,” Heilbron said. “The decision to move to CAA is synchronous with the ambitious nature of our university as well as our department’s vision to positively transform the lives of every student-athlete. We have taken an extremely deliberate approach to this process and believe the outcome reflects the best interests of our entire Stony Brook community.
Hampton University and Monmouth University joined the CAA with the Seawolves. Current CAA members include College of Charleston, University of Delaware, Drexel University, Elon University, Hofstra University, Northeastern University, Towson University, University of North Carolina Wilmington and the College of William & Mary.
“We are pleased to welcome Hampton University, Monmouth University and Stony Brook University as new CAA members,” said CAA Commissioner Joe D’Antonio. “The three institutions align well with the vision of the Conference which calls on our members to work together to advance nationally competitive athletic programs – coupled with exceptional academic programs – that enable student-athletes as people in their own right to strive to the highest standard in every aspect of their lives.”
Stony Brook joined the America East Conference for the 2001-02 college year after a two-year stint as an independent after moving up to the NCAA Division I level in 1999. During in its Division I history, Stony Brook has won 38 regular season championships and 44 conference championships. The Seawolves have twice been recognized as the strongest sports program in the America East by winning the Commissioner’s Cup in 2018-19 and 2020-21.
Over the past two decades, Stony Brook has emerged onto the national scene. In March 2012, Lucy Van Dalen became the Seawolves’ first individual NCAA national champion after winning the mile at the indoor track and field championship. In June 2012, the baseball team qualified for the College World Series for the first time in program history, eliminating LSU in the Super Regional.
The men’s basketball team won a conference title for the first time in program history in 2015-16 and earned an automatic NCAA Tournament bid. The women’s basketball team has won back-to-back conference championships and earned its first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2021.
SBU football earned NCAA FCS playoff berths in 2017 and 2018, respectively. The women’s soccer team has won three conference championships in four seasons, most recently in April 2021.
The Seawolves women’s lacrosse team became a national powerhouse, winning a conference record eight consecutive America East championships. In 2018, Stony Brook earned a No. 1 overall ranking in all major lacrosse polls for the majority of the season and has advanced to three NCAA Tournament quarterfinals since 2017.
The men’s lacrosse program has been a top team in the America East, winning three conference championships. In 2010, the Seawolves advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals for the first time in program history.
Academic excellence has always been at the forefront for the department. In the 2020-21 academic year, nine Stony Brook athletic programs posted a perfect NCAA APR score of 1000. Each Stony Brook program scored over 960, which was well above the norm NCAA score of 930. The APR measures eligibility, graduation, and retention each semester of the academic term and provides a clear picture of each team’s academic performance.
Stony Brook’s world-class sports facilities include the Island Federal Arena, the 4,000-seat stadium for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. LaValle Stadium, home of the soccer, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse, men’s soccer and women’s soccer teams, reached its current capacity of 12,300 in 2017. The Dubin Family Athletic Performance Center officially opened in 2012, a strength and conditioning center with state-of-the-art equipment to help high performance student-athletes.
In 2020, Stony Brook opened its state-of-the-art indoor training center featuring a multipurpose synthetic turf indoor training pitch designed for multiple use, allowing all sports programs to have a place to train and train all year.