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Stony Brook extends Priore's contract through 2012

Stony Brook, NY (Sports Network) - Stony Brook University announced Thursday that head football coach Chuck Priore has been given a contract extension through the 2012 season. Priore recorded an 11-11 record over his first two seasons at the school.

"I am extremely excited about the opportunity I've been afforded to continue to lead the Stony Brook University football program and build upon my relationship with the staff in the athletics department and university," said Priore. "There's much work to be done in order to reach our goals and we are working tirelessly with our efforts to reach those goals as we get ready for play in the Big South Conference."

Priore, who has 25 years of coaching experience, came to Stony Brook from Trinity College in Hartford, where he led the Bantams to four consecutive New England Small College Athletic Conference titles and a 30-game win streak.

Priore tallied a 39-9 record in his six seasons at Trinity and was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year three times as he guided his charges to a number-one ranking in New England, four straight conference titles and three consecutive undefeated seasons. He also earned the America Football Coaches Association Division III Region I Coach of the Year twice.

Before joining Trinity, Priore held assistant positions on the staffs at University of Pennsylvania, Union College and University at Albany.

"Coach Priore has been a tremendous leader of our football program and valued representative of our University since his arrival two years ago," Stony Brook athletic director Jim Fiore said. "He's the right person to lead our program during the transition into the Big South Conference. This agreement underscores our appreciation to Coach Priore for the outstanding job he has already done, as well as, our sincere confidence that he is best positioned to lead the evolution, growth and success of Stony Brook University Football."

Priore guided Stony Brook to a 6-5 record as an independent in 2007, despite facing the toughest schedule in school history.

01/24 21:04:41 ET