SBU's Chuck Priore named AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year
WACO, Texas -- Stony Brook head coach Chuck Priore has been named AFCA Regional Co-Coach of the Year, the organization announced Monday morning. Priore led the Seawolves to a fourth-straight Big South title and a second straight appearance in the Division I Football Championship.
Priore shares the award with Bethune-Cookman's Brian Jenkins, who led the Wildcats to a 9-3 record.
Stony Brook won a program-best 10 games in 2012, including its first-ever Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) victory with a 23-3 win over Army. The Seawolves were ranked in the FCS Coaches and Sports Network polls each week, sitting in the top ten after weeks 10 (9, 9) and 11 (6, 8).
Priore's high-powered rushing attack featured two 1,000-yard running backs for a third straight season, including senior Miguel Maysonet (1,964 yards, 23 total TDs), a finalist for the Walter Payton Award.
The Seawolves' defense allowed only 15.5 points per game, a difference of more than seven points from a year ago, and their fewest since the 2002 season (11.8).
Stony Brook's five-year run in the Big South resulted in a 24-5 record in League games, including a 5-1 mark this season. The Seawolves lost only one home game during that span, and completed their Conference affiliation with a 13-game home winning streak.
The 2012 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2013 AFCA Convention in Nashville, Tenn.