Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Ochi, Cheeseboro land on CAA Preseason All-Conference Team

Baltimore, Md. - Seniors Victor Ochi (Valley Stream, N.Y.) and Naim Cheeseboro (King of Prussia, Pa.) from the Stony Brook football team were named to the 2015 CAA Football Preseason All-Conference team, it was announced Tuesday at the conference’s Media Day at M&T Bank Stadium, home of the NFL’s Baltimore Ravens. 

Ochi and Cheeseboro represent two of eight returning starters on a defense that ranked third in all of FCS in total defense and fourth in scoring defense in 2014. 

Ochi was a first team all-conference selection in 2014, finishing the year with 16.5 tackles for loss and 11.0 sacks, both of which were school records. He enters his senior season seven TFL’s shy of the Stony Brook career record. 

Cheeseboro will once again anchor the back end of the secondary after finishing second on the team with 76 tackles last season. He also contributed six tackles for loss, two interceptions, two breakups, and recovered a fumble for a touchdown at UConn. 

In addition to the Preseason All-Conference Team, the CAA also released the Preseason Poll, where the Seawolves were picked to finish eighth out of 12 teams. Villanova was picked to win the league with 14 first-place votes, followed by James Madison and New Hampshire, who each received five first-place votes. 

Monday, June 29, 2015

Stony Brook unveils Together We Transform five-year strategic vision

Stony Brook unveils Together We Transform five-year strategic vision
New direction includes eight transformational elements, Seawolves United annual giving program

STONY BROOK, N.Y. - After a year of planning, Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Shawn Heilbron proudly announced the department's bold five-year strategic vision, Together We Transform, as well as the launch of Seawolves United, the new primary fundraising arm of the department. 

Since arriving on campus July 1, Heilbron has worked closely with Stony Brook President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., MD, university leadership, athletic staff, current student-athletes, alumni and donors to produce the most comprehensive five-year plan in the department's history.  It was developed to present the road map for the next five years and highlights avenues for growth as well as critical areas for investment. The plan consists of eight transformational elements that revolve around one clear vision: to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. 

Stony Brook's Athletics Success
Since moving to the Division I level in 1999, Stony Brook has won 34 conference titles, produced one national champion and appeared in the NCAA postseason 30 times, including an unprecedented run to the College World Series in 2012 that saw the Seawolves burst onto the national scene.  Heading into the fall of 2015, several sports are poised for sustained success at both the conference and national level and Stony Brook Athletics is not turning back. This success has served to further enhance the brand and heighten Stony Brook's national profile and goal of becoming one of the nation's Top 25 public research universities.

"Stony Brook University's Division I athletics program has come so far so fast, and we're just getting started," said President Stanley. "Ambitious, and rightly so, this plan for Stony Brook Athletics is 100 percent about our student-athletes and how they can perform at their best, both in the classroom and in the competitive arena. It will equip our student athletes with the tools they need to excel - hopefully beyond what they've come to expect from themselves."

Together We Transform offers an aggressive strategic plan that provides a blueprint for Stony Brook's goal of being recognized as a premier NCAA Division I athletic department. This vision offers clear aspirations and detailed action items that will enable Stony Brook to effectively position itself in the highly fluid national landscape while supporting the university's overarching goals.

"Together We Transform is more than just the name of our five-year vision, it is the engine that will power our program to unprecedented heights," Heilbron says of the department's vision. "We will work together as a staff to achieve our aspirations and promote our vision to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. Our university is one of the nation's premier public research institutions and it deserves a premier intercollegiate athletics program. I am grateful to President Stanley for his leadership and support and look forward to Athletics' role in the continued ascension of Stony Brook University on a national and global level."

The Eight Transformational Elements
Together We Transform is comprised of eight transformational elements that will guide the future of Stony Brook Athletics and provide the foundation upon which a structure of sustainable success can be built. Each element contains specific goals and objectives that will be driven by our vision to positively transform the life of each student-athlete. The eight transformational elements are:

Transforming the Student-Athlete Experience
Competing for Championships and National Prominence
Developing a Culture of Philanthropy and Financial Support  
Amplifying the Stony Brook Brand
Celebrating Diversity and Gender Equity
Creating First Class Facilities
Maintaining Internal Integrity
Magnifying the Significance of Football
Although prioritization will occur within each of the transformational elements, Stony Brook Athletics will work toward the goal of accomplishing all of them by 2020. The end result will be a complete transformation of the athletic department at Stony Brook, which will ultimately benefit the university in a profoundly positive manner by raising the institutional profile to new heights. 

Seawolves United
To help fuel the five-year vision, Stony Brook Athletics also launched Seawolves United, the new primary fundraising arm of the department designed to build meaningful personal relationships that connect individuals to Stony Brook Athletics by aligning their philanthropic interests with our strategic priorities.

The goal of Seawolves United is to build relationships with Stony Brook supporters that will generate a new level of unrestricted giving to the department.  Members of Seawolves United will play a critical role in the vision to create transformational experiences for student- athletes that will complement their academic, athletic and personal pursuits. 

To read Together We Transform in its entirety and learn more about Seawolves United, visit or call 631-632-6312.