Over the weekend two former Bears, Danielle Spiliotis ’09 and Rod Odom ’09, signed professional contracts to play basketball overseas. They are the latest Brookers to enter the professional ranks, but they are not the first.
Paul Ciofrone ’96
Ciofrone was a three-sport threat for the Bears, excelling on the soccer, basketball, and baseball teams. After helping Stony Brook win baseball’s County Championship in 1996, earning a spot on Newsday‘s All-Long Island Team, Ciofrone attended Hofstra University where he had a stellar career. During his senior season with the Pride in 2000, he was 35th in the nation in batting average (.408) and 17th in slugging percentage (.768) while belting 11 home runs.
He was drafted by the New York Mets in the 28th round of the 1996 MLB Draft and went on to play three seasons of minor league baseball. In 139 career games he recorded 93 hits, 18 doubles, 8 home runs, and 50 RBIs.
See Ciofrone’s minor league stats here.
Liam Banks ’98
Banks was a multi-sport star for the Blue and White. He was an All-Conference forward who helped the soccer team win League Championships in 1994 and 1995, but lacrosse was his true calling. He helped the Bears win back-to-back County Championships in 1994 and 1995, earning two All-County nods. After Stony Brook, Banks attended Syracuse University where his six goals in the 2000 National Championship helped the Orangemen defeat Princeton, 13-7.
Banks was drafted by the Bridgeport Barrage in the 7th round of the 2004 MLL Draft before moving to the New Jersey Pride where he tallied 34 points in each of his first two seasons. In 2007 he moved to the San Francisco Dragons where he set career highs in goals (26) and points (37). He spent his sixth and last MLL season with the Chicago Machine in 2009.
Nick Miaritis ’01
At Stony Brook Miaritis was an excellent two-sport athlete, using his speed to wreak havoc on the soccer and lacrosse fields. He went on to play lacrosse at Georgetown University where he became a team captain and an Honorable Mention All-American for the Hoyas.
He was drafted in the 8th round of the 2006 MLL Draft by the Philadelphia Barrage.
Nate Kenney ’01
After starring for the Bears as a football and lacrosse player, Kenney followed in his brother Derek’s and his father’s footsteps by attending the University of Virginia. In 2003 he won the National Championship with the Cavaliers, making a game-changing hit to seal the 9-7 victory over Hopkins. He then transferred to Syracuse University where he literally ripped a hole in the net during a Final Four game against his former team.
Kenney was drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 MLL Draft by the Denver Outlaws.