Stony Brook and Priore Agree to Contract Extension Through the 2022 Season
STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Stony Brook Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron has announced that head football coach Chuck Priore has agreed to an extension of his contract that will keep him at the helm of the Seawolves through the 2022 season. The extension adds two years to Priore's existing contract as he agreed to an extension through the 2020 season in 2016. "I am extremely appreciative of the confidence that President Stanley and Shawn Heilbron have in me to help lead the Stony Brook football program," Priore said. "I am fortunate to share this with a great coaching staff and administration. I want to thank our players for all their hard work and sacrifices both on and off the field." Priore has guided the Seawolves to an 83-64 record that includes a current 6-3 record in his 13th season as the head coach. Stony Brook also currently owns a 4-2 CAA Football record and has been ranked in the top 25 for all nine weeks this season. "Our vision for Stony Brook Football is to win at the highest level, which includes competing for a national championship," Heilbron said. "Under Chuck's guidance, Stony Brook has become one of the top FCS programs in the country and it is imperative that we continue to build on that success. The plan that we have in place is working so I look forward to maintaining our upward trajectory with Chuck as our head coach." During his time on Long Island, Priore has led Stony Brook to three trips to the FCS playoffs, the most recent coming in 2017 when the Seawolves posted a 10-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark to finish second in the CAA. The 2017 season saw Stony Brook produce 29.2 points per game and over 350 yards per game of total offense. Defensively under Priore the Seawolves have been stifling and have not allowed opponents to score over 21 points per game in five of the last six seasons that includes the 2015 campaign when Stony Brook was the top ranked defense in all of the FCS. Priore has guided Stony Brook to six wins over ranked opponents in the past three seasons, including a 42-14 victory over second-ranked Richmond in 2016 and a win over No. 13 Villanova back in September. Priore, who led the Seawolves to four Big South Conference titles, ushered Stony Brook's conference move to CAA Football prior to the 2013 season. Since that time the program has won 25 league games in the most competitive conference at the FCS level, including at least one win against all other 11 conference members. Under Priore, Stony Brook has produced two NFL players, including TE Will Tye, a 2015 NFL All-Rookie selection with the New York Giants, and Victor Ochi, who played for the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans during the 2016 season.