After 11 seasons with Stony Brook, Steve Pikiell is leaving the Seawolves. The 2016 America East Coach of the Year signed a five-year contract with Rutgers University worth over $8 million dollars. The former Seawolves head coach left the program with a 192-156 record and six seasons with 20 wins or more. Here are three coaches that could potentially take over for Pikiell.
Jay Young (Marist ’86): Young would be the top candidate for the job since he has been the assistant head coach since 2005 since Pikiell became head coach, and associate head coach since 2009. He has helped Pikiell construct to the infrastructure of the program.Young served as the defensive coordinator and front court developer. He’s also responsible for scouting, film, recruiting and managing the program budget. Stony Brook is 130-68 since Young’s promotion. Over the last four seasons, Stony Brook had 53 conference wins which ranks first in the America East. Jameel Warney said via Twitter that he believes Young would be the best replacement.
Brian Gregory (Oakland ‘90): Gregory has coached at Michigan State (99-03), Dayton (04-11) and Georgia Tech (12-16). He was assistant head coach at Michigan State under head coach Tom Izzo. The Spartans had a 101-37 record, reached the Final Four three times and won the national title in 2000 during Gregory’s tenure. He was the Dayton’s head coach for eight seasons and made it to the NCAA tournament in ‘04 and ‘09. In 2008, he led Dayton to a top-14 ranking in the AP Poll, its highest in 40 years. He compiled a career record of 172-94 at Dayton. He coached at Georgia Tech in the competitive Atlantic Coast Conference for five seasons. He tallied a 76-86 record.
Tom Pecora (Adelphi ‘83): Pecora coached at Fordham University from ‘10-’15 and had a record of 44-106. However, he coached in the Atlantic 10 conference, which is a competitive league with schools in Dayton, Saint Joseph’s and VCU, who all made the NCAA tournament this season. The jam-packed 16-team league blows away the America East. He only achieved a Fordham-high 10 wins in three seasons. His first job was at Hofstra where he was more successful, going 154-125 in nine seasons in the Colonial Athletic Conference. From 04-07, He took Hofstra to three National Invitational tournaments. He has career record of 198-231 (.462) in 14 seasons.