PISCATAWAY, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — Steve Pikiell led Stony Brook to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament this season. If the Seawolves return to the Big Dance anytime soon, it will be with a new coach on the bench.
Pikiell has agreed to become the head coach at Rutgers, according to multiple reports. His contract is reportedly for five years, $1.6 million per season.READ MORE: Wild Edge Rangers To Spoil Lundqvist Jersey Retirement
Pikiell, 48, had a 190-155 record in 11 seasons at Stony Brook. His first few seasons were a struggle, but he turned around the program, which enjoyed at least 22 wins in six of the past seven seasons.
The Seawolves lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday to Kentucky, 85-57. A source told the New York Post that Pikiell met with Rutgers on Saturday morning to discuss the position.READ MORE: TIMELINE: Nor'easter Could Bring More Than A Foot Of Snow To Long Island & Jersey Shore; Up To 8 Inches To NYC
“Steve wants to go up and challenge himself at the next level,” former Connecticut coach Jim Calhoun, Pikiell’s mentor, told Newsday. “He loves Stony Brook, but it’s his time. He left Stony Brook in great shape. Stony Brook should feel, I’m sure they do, really happy that they had him and how he helped pushed them forward for the future.”
Pikiell will replace Eddie Jordan, who was fired earlier this month after going 29-68 the past three seasons.MORE NEWS: Nor'easter Triggers Blizzard Warning In Suffolk County, As New York Braces For Widespread Snowfall
Pikiell’s hiring must still be approved by Rutgers’ Board of Governors.