Steve Pikiell

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Stephen C. Pikiell
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Stony Brook
Biographical details
Born (1967-11-21) November 21, 1967 (age 46)
Bristol, Connecticut
Playing career
1987–1991 Connecticut
Position(s) Point guard
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1991–1992
1992
1993–1995
1995–1996
1997–2001
2001–2005
2005–present
Connecticut (asst.)
New Haven Skyhawks (asst.)
Yale (asst.)
Wesleyan
Central Connecticut (asst.)
George Washington (asst.)
Stony Brook
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
America East Regular Season Championship (2010, 2012, 2013)

Stephen C. Pikiell (born November 21, 1967) is an American college basketball coach and the current head men's basketball coach at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Pikiell's record is 95-117 through the 2011-12 season.[1] Pikiell has guided Seawolves regular season titles in the 2009-10 and 2011–12, as well as trips to the America East Championship game in 2011 and 2012.

Early years and playing career[edit]

A 1990 graduate of the University of Connecticut, Pikiell was a point guard, two-year captain and four-year letterwinner for the Huskies from 1987-91. UConn won its first Big East title and advanced to the "Elite Eight" and "Sweet 16" during the two years that Pikiell captained the Huskies. He played in 106 career games and averaged 8.2 points a game as a freshman. In 1991, Pikiell was given the UConn Club Senior Athlete Award for outstanding contributions to UConn athletics.

Coaching[edit]

After graduation, Pikiell stayed on as an assistant to the UConn staff before moving on to Yale University, as an assistant coach from 1992-95. During 1995-96, Pikiell served as the interim head coach at Wesleyan University. Then, his former coach and colleague Howie Dickenman became the head coach at Central Connecticut State University and hired Pikiell as an assistant coach, where he stayed from 1997–2001, with the Blue Devils reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2000. Pikiell joined fellow UConn alum Karl Hobbs as an assistant at George Washington University from 2001–05, where he was part of the Colonials 2003-04 NIT and 2004-05 NCAA squads.

Stony Brook[edit]

On April 13, 2005, Pikiell replaced Nick Macarchuk as the 10th head coach in program history. At the time, Pikiell became the first Connecticut alum who played for Calhoun to coach a Division I program.

Taking over a program that transitioned to Division I in 1999, Stony Brook endured three-straight losing seasons in Pikiell's first three years. In 2008-09 season, the Seawolves went 16-14 for its first winning season in Division I. The following year in 2009-10, Stony Brook earned their first regular season championship with a 22-10, 13-3 record, ending with a semifinal loss in the tournament. By virtue of winning the regular season, Stony Brook earned a NIT bid, hosting Illinois. Pikiell guided the Seawolves to a 15-17 mark in 2010-11, making a run to the America East Championship game after an upset over top-seeded Vermont in the semifinals. They were defeated in the America East Championship game by Boston University.

The 2011-12 Seawolves were predicted to finish 2nd in the conference behind Boston University. On February 26, 2012 the Seawolves clinched their second regular season championship in three years with a win over Maine to finish the regular season 20-8, 14-2 in the America East. After reaching the conference tournament finals for the second-straight season and hosting for the first time in school history, Stony Brook fell to Vermont 51-43.

Head coaching record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wesleyan (NESCAC) (1995–1996)
1995–96 Wesleyan 5-18 N/A N/A
Wesleyan: 5-18 (.217) N/A

Interim head coach

Stony Brook (America East) (2005–present)
2005–06 Stony Brook 4–24 2–14 9th
2006–07 Stony Brook 9–20 4–12 9th
2007–08 Stony Brook 7–23 3–13 8th
2008–09 Stony Brook 16–14 8–8 5th
2009–10 Stony Brook 22–10 13–3 1st NIT 1st Round
2010–11 Stony Brook 15-17 8-8 5th
2011–12 Stony Brook 22-10 14-2 1st NIT 1st Round
2012–13 Stony Brook 25-8 14-2 1st NIT 2nd Round
2013–14 Stony Brook 23-11 13-3 2nd CBI 1st Round
Stony Brook: 143–137 (.511) 83–65 (.561)
Total: 148–155 (.488)

      National champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

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