12 CAA Teams in 12 Days: Hofstra

Welcome back to 12 CAA Teams in 12 Days! Now that you’ve had time to digest all the cool things I’ve taught you about the folks from Delaware, let’s head up to the town of Hempstead, NY on Long Island.

Name: Hofstra University

Nickname: Pride

Founded: 1935

Student Body Population: Approx. 13,000

Located: In the town of Hempstead, New York on Long Island about a half hour drive (if you’re lucky) from Queens

Colors: Blue and Gold

Mascot: A Pair of Lions (“Pride”)

Fun Academic Fact: The school was actually founded as part of New York University but became an independent school named Hofstra College in 1937 before officially being named Hofstra University in 1963.

Hofstra was selected to host the third and final Presidential Debate of 2008 on October 15th. The debate will focus on foreign policy and will feature the candidates sitting at a table with the moderator.

This is also the final year that the New York Jets will have their training camp at Hofstra as has been the tradition for many years.

HOFSTRA FOOTBALL

Head Coach: Dave Cohen, 3rd Year (9-13)

Stadium: James M. Shuart Stadium

Photo courtesy of dbeards3

Opened in 1962, Shuart Stadium is a 15,000 seat capacity stadium that was named Hofstra Stadium until it was renamed for the outgoing president James Shuart in 2002. The stadium has dual roles for both football and lacrosse as it hosted the NCAA D-1 Men’s Lacrosse Championship in 1971 and 2006 and it also was the home field for the Long Island Lizards Major League Lacrosse Team from 2001-02.

NOTABLE PLAYERS:

Charlie Adams, Stephen Bowen, Rocky Butler, Giovanni Carmazzi, Wayne Chrebet, Willie Colon, Marques Colston, Devale Ellis, Dave Fiore, Don Gault, Arlen Harris, John Schmitt, Lance Schulters, Shaine Smith, Renauld Williams, Vincent Molinari.

Wayne Chrebet

HOFSTRA FOOTBALL TODAY AND TOMORROW

The Hofstra football team was going through major struggles until Coach Dave Cohen arrived in 2006. After a rough first season, the Pride (or Flying Dutchmen as I still love calling them) increased their win total by five games and narrowly missed the I-AA playoffs last year. Being able to do that in a conference like the CAA is quite impressive and can only mean that Hofstra is looking at no less than a playoff birth in the coming years. \

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