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What does it look like to have a vision?


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http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/14/sports/for-stony-brook-college-world-series-appearance-is-latest-in-a-string-of-successes.html?_r=1&smid=tw-share

 

Fiore is a fast-talking, smile-flashing native of Long Beach, N.Y., a former Hofstra football player who spent nine years at Dartmouth and Princeton before a friend coerced him to interview in 2003 for the opening at Stony Brook, a university he knew next to nothing about.

 

Today, Fiore is a ubiquitous presence at almost every Seawolves sporting event, engages followers on Twitter and sends birthday text messages to alums. He will breathlessly find any reason to mention one of Stony Brook’s latest ventures.

 

“Once you start resting in athletics, you start getting surpassed,” Fiore said. “If there’s not construction on your campus, you’re falling behind.”

 

 

The question facing Fiore now is where to go from here. According to Randall Susman, the faculty-athletic representative, there is a growing support on campus for the university to move up a level in football, to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

 

That would require an exit from the Big South Conference, where Stony Brook is an associate member, and probably from the America East, where its other teams reside. That conference does not carry football.

 

Fiore said that he “absolutely” believed Stony Brook was an interesting possibility for F.B.S. conferences, but he declined to go into specifics.

 

“If an opportunity presented itself, and it’s the right opportunity, that’s our job,” he said. “We’re not shopping. We’re happy where we are. But certainly there are conversations that have taken place and continue to take place.”

 

He added: “We love the America East. We’ve had a lot of success. We’re aligned with some really great institutions, and we’re happy there.”

 

The genesis of the baseball program’s success can be traced, in part, to a fund-raising moment: a July night several years ago when Senk and Fiore met Joe Nathan, then a closer for the Minnesota Twins, after a game in a noisy downtown bar in Kansas City, Mo. Nathan pitched for Stony Brook from 1992-95 and was the first player drafted from the university. It was a Division III program then. Not anymore.

 

“We needed help, and he needed to understand where we were, where we are and where we’re going,” Fiore said.

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Fiore is a fast-talking, smile-flashing native of Long Beach, N.Y., a former Hofstra football player who spent nine years at Dartmouth and Princeton before a friend coerced him to interview in 2003 for the opening at Stony Brook, a university he knew next to nothing about.

 

Today, Fiore is a ubiquitous presence at almost every Seawolves sporting event, engages followers on Twitter and sends birthday text messages to alums. He will breathlessly find any reason to mention one of Stony Brook’s latest ventures.

 

“Once you start resting in athletics, you start getting surpassed,” Fiore said. “If there’s not construction on your campus, you’re falling behind.”

 

 

The question facing Fiore now is where to go from here. According to Randall Susman, the faculty-athletic representative, there is a growing support on campus for the university to move up a level in football, to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

 

That would require an exit from the Big South Conference, where Stony Brook is an associate member, and probably from the America East, where its other teams reside. That conference does not carry football.

 

Fiore said that he “absolutely” believed Stony Brook was an interesting possibility for F.B.S. conferences, but he declined to go into specifics.

 

“If an opportunity presented itself, and it’s the right opportunity, that’s our job,” he said. “We’re not shopping. We’re happy where we are. But certainly there are conversations that have taken place and continue to take place.”

 

He added: “We love the America East. We’ve had a lot of success. We’re aligned with some really great institutions, and we’re happy there.”

 

The genesis of the baseball program’s success can be traced, in part, to a fund-raising moment: a July night several years ago when Senk and Fiore met Joe Nathan, then a closer for the Minnesota Twins, after a game in a noisy downtown bar in Kansas City, Mo. Nathan pitched for Stony Brook from 1992-95 and was the first player drafted from the university. It was a Division III program then. Not anymore.

 

“We needed help, and he needed to understand where we were, where we are and where we’re going,” Fiore said.

 

We need a new AD. Someone with energy and drive to make UAlbany the best... not just content trying to keep up. Maybe not even keep up. Stony Brook as FBS doesn't sound so crazy but we would have a challenge just upgrading to full scholly. We need leadership and drive.

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Fiore is a fast-talking, smile-flashing native of Long Beach, N.Y., a former Hofstra football player who spent nine years at Dartmouth and Princeton before a friend coerced him to interview in 2003 for the opening at Stony Brook, a university he knew next to nothing about.

 

Today, Fiore is a ubiquitous presence at almost every Seawolves sporting event, engages followers on Twitter and sends birthday text messages to alums. He will breathlessly find any reason to mention one of Stony Brook’s latest ventures.

 

“Once you start resting in athletics, you start getting surpassed,” Fiore said. “If there’s not construction on your campus, you’re falling behind.”

 

 

The question facing Fiore now is where to go from here. According to Randall Susman, the faculty-athletic representative, there is a growing support on campus for the university to move up a level in football, to the Football Bowl Subdivision.

 

That would require an exit from the Big South Conference, where Stony Brook is an associate member, and probably from the America East, where its other teams reside. That conference does not carry football.

 

Fiore said that he “absolutely” believed Stony Brook was an interesting possibility for F.B.S. conferences, but he declined to go into specifics.

 

“If an opportunity presented itself, and it’s the right opportunity, that’s our job,” he said. “We’re not shopping. We’re happy where we are. But certainly there are conversations that have taken place and continue to take place.”

 

He added: “We love the America East. We’ve had a lot of success. We’re aligned with some really great institutions, and we’re happy there.”

 

The genesis of the baseball program’s success can be traced, in part, to a fund-raising moment: a July night several years ago when Senk and Fiore met Joe Nathan, then a closer for the Minnesota Twins, after a game in a noisy downtown bar in Kansas City, Mo. Nathan pitched for Stony Brook from 1992-95 and was the first player drafted from the university. It was a Division III program then. Not anymore.

 

“We needed help, and he needed to understand where we were, where we are and where we’re going,” Fiore said.

 

We need a new AD. Someone with energy and drive to make UAlbany the best... not just content trying to keep up. Maybe not even keep up. Stony Brook as FBS doesn't sound so crazy but we would have a challenge just upgrading to full scholly. We need leadership and drive.

 

Before we get that...let's get a new president.

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