April Fundraising Success with Donor Matching Day and Pirate Pride Challenge
Our first ever Donor Matching Day generated tremendous participation last year, which helped Pirate Blue raise more than $42,000 in a single day. This year, I am blown away by the overwhelming support we received. Thanks to the generosity of over 300 alumni, parents, friends and staff who made gifts on PriateBlue.com we raised over $71,000 for the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund. I am truly grateful to the friends of Pirate Blue and Seton Hall Baseball who served as anonymous donors and matched 30% of the total proceeds Tuesday that will support our student-athletes.
We also launched our first ever Pirate Pride Challenge this April, which resulted in over $25,000 of support. The spirited challenge was posed to current and former Pirate student-athletes who were encouraged to give back to their respective team. The program that received the most participation will be rewarded with a $5,000 gift, and the program with the highest increase in participation from last year to this year will also receive $5,000. While we don’t have the final results yet, I personally enjoyed seeing so many former athletes and current athletes giving back to their program and monitoring the standings on www.PiratePrideChallenge.com. The volleyball program stood in first place in the latest standings, with baseball and men’s and women’s golf not far behind. There were several gifts made on the last day of the competition, so our Pirate Blue staff is working hard to finalize the results that will be announced later this week.
Pirate Basketball Greats Reunite
It is always exciting to see the camaraderie between Seton Hall student-athletes. With that said, I wanted to share this fan photo submission of our men’s basketball alumni reconnecting in Lake Worth, Florida this April to talk about our Pride & Excellence Campaign. Thanks to the tremendous support of alumni and former student-athletes across the country, like these Pirate Basketball Greats, the recently launched Pride & Excellence Campaign is off to a strong start. This capital campaign will help build a new foundation for the future success of Seton Hall student-athletes through major facility improvements and provide additional resources to our athletic programs.
Photo Caption (left to right): Charles Lorenzo (Hall of Fame Class of 1979), Tom Collinson ‘50, Robert Wanzer (Hall of Fame Class of 1974), Arnold Ring (Hall of Fame Class of 1980), Frank “Pep” Saul (Hall of Fame Class of 1973)
On the construction front, the multitude of planned changes to our facilities continues to take shape on a daily basis. Several milestones have been reached in the Varsity Training Room as the extensive renovation and expansion to the dedicated space nears completion. With the installation of our three state-of-the-art hydrotherapy tubs and delivery of essentials such as rehab and taping tables scheduled for this week, the training room remains on track to be fully operational by early next month.
I would like to take this time to commend our dedicated athletic training staff for continuing to provide our student-athletes with first rate care throughout the construction process.
Over in the fitness center, much of the groundwork has been completed which has opened the door for structural modifications to commence. Perhaps most noticeably, the exterior wall of the fieldhouse has begun to come down, making way for the stylish glass façade that will be installed in its stead. Below, you can see a preview of the scenic view of the campus that will be available from the multi-level, modernized fitness facility upon completion.
Also on the horizon remain the many initiatives associated with our Pride & Excellence Campaign including the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center and dedicated spaces for the SHU Hall of Fame and locker rooms for each sport. All of these efforts are being made with the intention of honoring our storied tradition, enriching the experience of our student-athletes and pushing Seton Hall Athletics towards national prominence.
Baseball & Softball Success
With exciting improvements and enhancements occurring in and around Seton Hall Athletics off the field of play, I wanted to take a moment to highlight the success of two teams that are excelling on the diamond.
Our softball team, led by first-year Head Coach Paige Smith, has taken significant steps forward as the 2013 season has progressed. The team is currently in good position to make its first BIG EAST Championship since 2009. Seton Hall is 4-3 against its last three conference opponents and just won an exciting series over the University of Connecticut last weekend.
After beginning the season 0-9, our baseball team has won 27 of its last 34 games and is one of the hottest teams in the nation. Led by reigning BIG EAST Pitcher of the Week, Jon Prosinski, the Pirates are 10-5 in the BIG EAST and are very much in contention for a conference title. Seton Hall ranks amongst the BIG EAST’s top three in all major facets of the game: pitching, hitting and defense.
While the softball team has played its final home game this season, be sure to come out and support the baseball team at Owen T. Carroll Field for their final six home games. The Pirates will host USF, May 10-11, and will complete the regular season against St. John’s, May 16-18.
Pirates Meet a Golf Legend
Earlier this week, the Seton Hall men’s golf team had a wonderful opportunity to meet Arnold Palmer during their time in Reunion, Florida at the 2013 BIG EAST Championship. Talk about an experience of a lifetime for our student-athletes as they enjoyed the company of one of the most accomplished players the sport has ever seen.
Photo Caption (left to right): Freshman Cory Wilson, Junior Marc Kunesch, Sophomore JT Harper, Arnold Palmer, Junior Gary Dunne, Freshman David Cha, Head Coach Clay White
THE NEW BIG EAST CONFERENCE
There have been great strides taken in recent weeks as we continue to form the new BIG EAST Conference. As you have already heard, we welcome three new conference members with rich athletics traditions in Butler, Creighton and Xavier that are set to join the seven basketball only schools in competition this fall. Additionally, the BIG EAST has secured a robust television deal with Fox Sports. This is a landmark partnership that will keep Seton Hall and the new BIG EAST on a national platform. As we are excited about the tremendous television exposure, we are also thrilled Madison Square Garden will remain the home to the BIG EAST Tournament. The progress we have made over the last month is terrific. We will continue to work feverishly as we look to make this a seamless transition to our new conference home.
PIRATE PRIDE CHALLENGE
We are very excited to launch our inaugural Pirate Pride Challenge. For the entire month of April we are asking former student-athletes to join Pirate Blue by making a tax-deductible donation of $25 or more.
The PPC is a fundraising contest between former Pirate student-athletes and their program. Each team is responsible for getting as many of their alumni as possible to give a donation to Pirate Blue. The sport with the highest percentage of participation will receive a $5,000 one-time gift towards their program. A second $5,000 one-time gift will be awarded to the sport with the highest increase of donors from last year to this year.
Within the month of April, we need all former student-athletes to make a minimum donation of $25 by visiting www.piratepridechallenge.com, or you can call in a donation to Pirate Blue. We also want our former letter winners to get their old teammates to do the same.
Our current student-athletes will take part in the PPC by making a $5 gift to participate and help their team win. The spirit of competition amongst our former and current student-athletes should make for a rewarding April for Pirate Blue and Seton Hall Athletics.
STUDENT-ATHLETES ARE CALLING YOU!
On Monday, April 8, many Seton Hall student-athletes have volunteered to be part of our annual Thank-A-Thon. These students will write letters, send cards, and make phone calls to those donors who have so graciously supported the Seton Hall athletics program.
This is not just a one-time event; it is an annual message to all our donors to thank them for the impact they have on our student-athletes and the success of all of our sports programs.
And what is important is the student-athletes will be the ones to initiate this communication. These are the individuals who see the direct impact of Pirate Blue donations.
I am a big fan of this program as I feel it’s important for our entire Pirate team to make sure that all students and donors are aware that every gift matters.
Our several facilities projects and enhancements continue to move forward at a significant pace. While progress continues in the construction of the student body’s new fitness center and the student-athlete training room, an enhancement made to Owen T. Carroll Field in the form of a new digital scoreboard was completed and fully operational by the baseball team’s first home game. The new, state-of-the-art LED scoreboard is larger than the old versions and has graphic and video capabilities. I encourage all Pirate fans and alumni to come out, support the baseball team and see the new addition for yourself.
Another exciting project that will surely enhance the learning experience for our student-athletes will be the construction of the Charles W. Doehler Academic Center for Excellence. With construction currently scheduled to begin later this spring, the new academic center, which is being funded by the Pride & Excellence Campaign for Athletics, will double the current academic space and add new private tutoring rooms, while fostering a positive environment for learning and development.
The process in getting projects like these started and completed is very exciting but can also be lengthy, but I am reminded each day I see the progress of how much they will dramatically enhance the experience for our student-athletes once completed.
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HALL OF FAME SAVE THE DATE
Last month we announced our next class of Pirate legends to be inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame. I hope you mark your calendars for our Hall of Fame Golf Outing at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, NJ on Monday, June 10. The day begins with lunch at 11:00 a.m. and a shotgun tee time at 12:30 p.m. A cocktail reception will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by dinner and inductions at 7:00 p.m.
A great way to support this event is through a sponsorship. Several opportunities are available for purchase by contacting the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund at 973-275-6447 or firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you can join us on June 10 when we enshrine: Andre Barrett ’04 (basketball), Rico Bellini ’75 (baseball), Joseph Burke ’95 (wrestling), Gerson Echeverry ’94 (soccer) and Jennifer Heider-Berenyi ’94 (swimming).
30 PRIZES IN 30 DAYS
Our marketing and ticket staff have once again created another exciting 30 for 30 promotion. If you are a men’s basketball season ticket holder, you can renew your season tickets in April and be eligible for several really great prizes. If you don’t have season tickets, I strongly suggest you consider purchasing them on April 13 or 14 as part of our Lucky Ticket promotion weekend. You can purchase a full season ticket for $150! Your seat location will be determined by random selection and you could be the lucky recipient of center court seats!
For more information on the 30 for 30 promotion and the Lucky Seat deal, please click here.
Certainly by now you have seen or heard the latest news coverage regarding conference changes. As you know, as part of the seven basketball only schools, we are beginning to map out our new league. We are heading in a great direction for Seton Hall and the creation of our new league will be exciting for all Pirate fans.
HALL OF FAME ANNOUNCEMENT
I am happy to announce our next class of Pirate legends to be inducted into the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame. Our Hall of Fame Golf Outing at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, NJ will take place on Monday, June 10 where we will enshrine: Andre Barrett '04 (men's basketball), Rico Bellini '75 (baseball), Joseph Burke '95 (wrestling), Gerson Echeverry '94 (men's soccer) and Jennifer Heider-Berenyi '94 (women's swimming). This is a tremendous group of former student-athletes who represent Seton Hall Athletics at the highest level. Please click here to learn more about this impressive induction class and the Hall of Fame ceremony on June 10.
PRIDE & EXCELLENCE CAMPAIGN
When I arrived at Seton Hall I continually heard about Pirate Pride and what it meant to be a pirate. It was, and continues to be, that same pirate pride that guides us in our everyday activity now. To go along with that, we have made it our mission to achieve excellence in everything we do. I stated that during my first days as your athletic director and I continue to use it as our leading principle now in our everyday department activity. We will always strive to have Pirate Pride and Excellence in everything we do. Therefore, what we have now ahead of us is the "Pride and Excellence" campaign for Seton Hall Athletics.
The campaign will raise funds for essential ongoing student-athlete facility projects and renovations. Projects will include the new training room, student-athlete academic center, locker rooms for each sport, a hall of fame, enhancements to historic Walsh Gymnasium and a new team video room. We are currently in the middle of the training room project and with your help we hope to start renovating our student-athlete academic center this summer. We will name this project after former Pirate baseball student-athlete, coach, administrator and loyal supporter, Charles W. Doehler. Our dear friend, "Chuck" was a passionate believer in Seton Hall Athletics and the work of Pirate Blue. I can not think of a better name to place on this critical project.
Your generous support of the Pride & Excellence Campaign will play a key role in the continuing advancement of our entire athletic program. Please keep a look out this Friday for the official website to be available as well as other material at the men's basketball game vs. Rutgers.
The new scoreboard is here! Below is a photo of the new Owen T. Carroll Scoreboard that was just completed last week. The new board is state of the art and provides a huge upgrade for our baseball and soccer programs. The 10'x16' LED screen will be operational for baseball's opening day on Friday March 15th against the University of Massachusetts. A big thank you goes out to all of our supporters who made fiscal contributions to this project.
Below are construction photos of the training room and fitness center. Progress continues to be made on both projects and we eagerly await the opening of the new training room in May, 2013 and the fitness center later this year.
A major project milestone was accomplished last week when the holes were dug out for our three hydro-therapy pools (pictured below). The pools will supplement and greatly enhance rehabilitation efforts.
The process in getting projects like these started and completed is very exciting but can also be lengthy, but I am reminded each day I see the progress of how much they will dramatically enhance the experience for our student-athletes once completed.
For more photos and updates please click here.
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT EVENTS
Our conference tournament in Madison Square Garden is the best in the country and I always enjoy seeing our fans on the streets of Manhattan during the BIG EAST Tournament. Our pre-game event before our first round game is always a great time and I hope to see you there. This year's event is once again at Hudson Station Bar and Grille, which is only a few blocks from The Garden. You can RSVP for the Pirate Blue Pre-Game Party online by clicking here.
This year, we are also holding a special Pirate Blue fund-raiser with Coach Willard on Monday night. We will gather at the home of loyal Pirate Blue members, Gerard Touhey and Julie Kessler in their 5th Avenue apartment. This event requires a $500 Pirate Blue donation and is a great way to support the program. I will be in attendance and look forward to seeing you there. Click here for more information or call Jay Judge in the Pirate Blue office at 973-275-2202.
ROCK YOUR BLUE THIS FRIDAY!
Our men's basketball team ends their season this Friday at home against in-state rival, Rutgers and our women's team will play in the first round of the BIG EAST Tournament in Hartford, CT. I urge you to wear you BLUE proudly on Friday as we look to get both victories!
If you are in need of a new BLUE Pirate shirt, we will be hosting a T-Shirt Swap at Prudential Center before our men's game. Bring a shirt from any other school (not Seton Hall!) and we'll trade you a new Pirate BLUE shirt!!! We'll donate all the used shirts to charity and hopefully have a sea of BLUE at the Pru Center Friday night.
We are always pleased to celebrate the academic success of our student-athletes and I am proud to announce that 124 Seton Hall student-athletes earned Dean's List distinction for the fall 2012 semester. Approximately 52% of all student-athletes received this honor by posting a 3.4 grade-point average or higher.
The cumulative GPA for all student-athletes is now 3.243, the highest it has ever been!
All of our athletic teams had at least one member earn a spot on the BIG EAST All-Academic Team, achieving at least a 3.0 grade-point-average for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Additionally, our volleyball and softball teams earned the BIG EAST Team Excellence Award for the 2011-2012 academic year, which recognizes the team with the highest grade-point-average in each sport within the conference.
CONSTRUCTION OF NEW SCOREBOARD AND MORE
Construction continues throughout the department and from afar. Below is a photo of our new Owen T. Carroll Scoreboard being assembled in San Francisco, CA. The new board will be state of the art with a 10'x16' LED screen and will be installed before the start of the baseball season.
While it may not look like much, below are construction photos of the training room and fitness center. Progress continues to be made on both projects and we eagerly await the opening of the new training room in April, 2013. More projects are scheduled for this summer so stay tuned. For more construction photos please click here.
PIRATE BLUE NUMBERS
The first half of the current fiscal year closed on December 31, 2012 and we received some positive news in terms of fund-raising. Thanks to our many generous supporters, Pirate Blue is once again working towards another record year. We are so thankful for all our alumni, parents and friends who have made a gift to Pirate Blue in FY13. If you haven't contributed yet, our fiscal year ends on June 30, 2013 and your donation allows the athletic department to move forward and complete much needed facility projects, as well as maintain a growing operating budget. You can make a gift online by visiting: www.pirateblue.com
20th ANNIVERSARY 1992-1993 MEN'S BASKETBALL TEAM
This Saturday when our men's basketball team takes to the court against Cincinnati at the Prudential Center, we will also celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of Seton Hall's greatest teams. The 1992-93 team was filled with remarkable players and coaches. I hope you will join us for the game and a special half-time ceremony when we honor a team that was the only one in our history to win the BIG EAST Regular Season and Tournament Championship.
You can now take part in this celebration for just $20 and sit in lower level corner section seats. This is a savings of $8 off the Ticketmaster price. As well as a ticket special, be sure to take advantage of a special concessions deal. Because Seton Hall is celebrating its 20th anniversary of the 1992-93 team, hot dogs and popcorn will be 20% off!
To purchase tickets now, CLICK HERE and enter the code REUNION, or contact the Ticket Office at (973) 275-4255 for more information.
Former players; Terry Dehere, Jerry Walker, Luther Wright, Arturas Karnisovas, Bryan Caver, John Leahy and others will be joined by PJ Carlesimo and the rest of the coaching staff for what will be a special day for all Pirate faithful.
Remember the game is set for 11am on ESPNU and we'll need all of our students and fans in attendance early as we take on the 24th team in the country! Coach Willard has been making some calls to confirm fan support is in the building, take a look at this by clicking here. Hope to see you at the Prudential Center on Saturday!
GOLF OUTING DATES
After last week's arctic temperatures, we are excited for things to warm up and for the start of golf season! We have announced the dates for both of our annual Pirate Blue outings this year. Our Hall of Fame Golf Outing at Fairmount Country Club in Chatham, NJ will take place on Monday, June 10th, when we will induct the next class of Pirate legends. You should be seeing more information on this special event in the coming weeks.
Our other golf outing involves heading south towards the Jersey Shore. This year we have moved it to a new location after many amazing years at Spring Lake Golf Club. On August 5th we will hold the annual Pirate Blue Outing at Navesink Country Club in Middletown, NJ. More information will follow, and I hope you can join us for one or both of these events this year.
Happy New Year to all Pirate Fans! I hope you and your family had a wonderful holiday!
In my last report I updated you on the latest with our conference changes. Though there is not too much to report; I can tell you that the seven basketball only schools have moved forward in hiring the law firm of Proskauer Rose LLC as well as Pilson Communications Inc. as our media consultant. This is a large step towards the seven basketball only schools to be able to move on to begin to form our new league. I truly believe we are heading in the right direction for Seton Hall and we should all be very excited.
NICK THE QUICK
This Sunday is Nick Werkman Day at our men's basketball home game vs. Providence. I hope you will join us when we will honor one of Seton Hall's greatest with an on court ceremony and plenty of fanfare. I am very excited to welcome Nick and his family to the Prudential Center on Sunday and I know all of our alumni and fans will enjoy seeing "Nick the Quick" back on the hardwood! We are expecting a great crowd, so order your tickets now.
RAISING THE CURTAIN
On Saturday, February 16th our men's basketball program will host Syracuse at Prudential Center. As of today this game is already sold out. For the first time in our history at the Rock, we will open one section of the upper deck by raising the curtain between sections 125-134.
We want as many of our fans to be able to join us for this home game to witness the last conference battle between two founding members of the BIG EAST Conference. It should be a fantastic atmosphere and I want to see the stands filled with Pirate Blue. Additional tickets go on sale Thursday, January 10th at 10am through Ticketmaster. We will offer a special discount for these seats to Seton Hall alumni, so keep an eye on your email for a special discount code.
DEADLINE FOR BIG EAST BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT TICKETS
Each year these tickets are in high demand and this year will be no different. Purchasing BIG EAST tickets is an exclusive benefit of being a Pirate Blue member. We have extended the January 3rd deadline to January 16 in order to make sure all of our members have the opportunity to purchase tickets. The BIG EAST Tournament at MSG is a tremendous experience, so be sure to get your tickets today. Call the Seton Hall Athletic ticket office at 973-275-HALL.
TRAINING IN PUERTO RICO
Our swimming and diving program recently returned from their annual winter training trip to Ponce, Puerto Rico. Both teams had an impressive start to the winter season and enjoyed the beautiful weather in Puerto Rico.
The trip provides our team a tremendous opportunity to train in first class outdoor facilities and bond as a team. The team was also treated to a special evening of dinner in Ponce with alumnus, Felix Roman '92 who sent us this picture of the team after dinner:
The team will be back in the pool on January 26 when they host Marist College.
CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES/FUTURE PROJECTS
By far one of the most important things we have going on is the construction and master capital facility plan we have put in place for the future. I am happy to report that the latest construction, that of the training room and the fitness center, are moving along and each are making progress toward completion.
I talk often about the construction projects because I am a big believer in top notch facilities, combined with great coaching, will set the foundation for excellence in Pirate Athletics. In the near future you will hear about projects we have lined up as well as a capital campaign we are putting in place to help off-set the costs of these projects. Pirate fans should all know how important they are to the continued success of our teams and our future quest for excellence.
Finally, I am particularly excited about one of the projects that will be on tap as soon as this summer-The Seton Hall Student-Athlete Academic Center for Excellence. We are planning a special naming opportunity for the academic center which all Pirate fans will want to get behind. Stay tuned to hear more about this project as well as the other projects we have lined up. For updates click here.
I would like to begin this month's report with what is no doubt one of the hottest topics in college athletics at this time, conference realignment. Over the last 18 months we have seen a dramatic shift in the landscape of conference affiliations. While it is obvious that these changes have brought about a new set of challenges for Seton Hall University as well as the BIG EAST Conference, I can assure you that through all of this one constant remains; Seton Hall will always strive to compete at the highest level with our basketball programs.
I am a firm believer in that through adversity comes opportunity and I find this situation to be no different. While no one can predict when all this conference realignment will end we do know that we have an extremely passionate fan base and an athletic department and institution that are committed to competing at the highest level. We will not waiver in this quest for excellence and I am confident in our future.
Though some of the latest issues in college athletics remain out of our control there are certain factors that do in fact remain squarely on our shoulders. We have the ability to position our basketball programs to compete on the national landscape and will do just that. By increasing our resources, developing and completing a capital master facility plan for athletics, and building basketball programs that our community, alums and fans are proud of, we will never waiver in our commitment to excellence.
Our priority will always be to preserve the student-athlete experience of competing at the highest level in college athletics while at the same time providing a first class education for all of the young men and women who wear the Pirate uniform.
Every morning when I walk into the office I hear the sounds of construction and I couldn't be happier. In the last month we have begun what will be nearly 12 million dollars in new athletic facility projects. Currently work is being done to build a new state of the art Athletic Training Room, which will be one of the best training facilities in the conference.
Construction has also begun on a new fitness center that will dramatically improve the workout facilities for the entire Seton Hall community. These two projects are just the beginning of what we have on tap. We will install a new LED scoreboard on Owen T. Carroll Field in early 2013 and Pirate Blue will launch a dedicated campaign to construct new locker room facilities for Seton Hall's Olympic sports.
We will be adding a committed space for the Seton Hall Athletic Hall of Fame along with renovating and expanding the Academic Advising Center for Student Athletes. As our facility improvements continue we will be sharing a lot of updates with you on the construction taking place within the Athletic Department. Please visit our website to see updated photos of the wonderful progress we are making!
PIRATE FANS ON THE ROAD
I have said this several times in my first two years here at Seton Hall, but it still amazes me when I see so many of our fans at away games for our men's basketball team. Whether a pre-season tournament or a BIG EAST road game; our alumni across the country and traveling fans provide great Pirate Blue support on the road.
Several fans made the trip down to Baton Rouge, LA and we had a tremendous turnout for the Hall of Fame Tip Off Tournament at Mohegan Sun several weeks ago. Below is a photo from our Pirate Blue reception at Mohegan Sun with loyal supporters: John Swift '60, Sharon Swift '11 and the chairman of our Board of Regents, Patrick Murray '64 who made the trip from Dallas, TX for the weekend.
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This is my last report for the calendar year and on behalf of all of us in the Department of Athletics at Seton Hall University, we would like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. We are thankful for the tremendous support we receive from all of our Pirate Blue members, alumni and friends. Enjoy the holidays with your family and I hope to see you at our men's and women's basketball games in the next few weeks.
SURVIVING THE STORM
The past week and a half have been trying times for many of us in the northeast region.Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who have been affected by Hurricane Sandy.Like many of you, we are in full recovery mode helping our co-workers and student-athletes affected by the storm and getting several operations back up and running.
In an effort to assist the Tri-State area with Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Seton Hall Athletics will be partnering with the Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) and collect supplies at our men’s and women’s basketball games this weekend and Monday. These goods will be distributed through the agency of Catholic Charities of Newark and Croatian Relief Services of Fairview.
To learn more about how you can help this weekend, please click here.
As our region works to restore power and services, we hope you and your families are safe. Our staff wishes you the best as you look to restore normalcy.
HOOPS SEASON BEGINS
This Friday night marks the start of our men’s and women’s basketball seasons. We are thrilled to be able to tip off the season with a doubleheader in historic Walsh Gym. As you know, playing games in our campus venue is exciting for alumni and fans.It’s also a thrilling experience for our student-athletes and student body.
DEMOLITION BEGINS There is no better sign of progress than new construction!In the past few weeks the demolition process began on our Athletic Training Room (pictured below).I know our student-athletes; coaches and administrators share in my excitement as we plan to open this new state of the art facility in early 2013.Construction is also set to begin on our new fitness center later this month.
As our facility improvements continue we will be sharing a lot of updates with you on the construction taking place within the Athletic Department.
VOLLEYBALL POSTSEASON PUSH
Our volleyball program will wrap up a successful regular season (18-8, 6-7) this weekend on the road against Pittsburgh (Nov. 9) and Syracuse (Nov. 11).Their 18 victories give them the most wins in a season since winning 20 in 2003.We all wish them well on the road this weekend as they work to secure their fourth-straight post-season appearance.
We talk all the time of how each of us can make a difference in moving our program forward. Purchasing tickets and coming to games is a big part of supporting the Pirates. Our men’s and women’s basketball programs afford us the most growth potential because of our following and history of attendance.However, there’s tremendous opportunity to grow our crowds and revenue.
This season marks our sixth in the Prudential Center and season ticket sales for students and alumni are at an all-time high! Our price structure is one of the best values in the northeast sports entertainment market and we have a tremendous variety of options in terms of full season ticket plans, mini packages and group rates. Please visit our website for more information on purchasing men’s and women’s basketball tickets.
Since my first report, we have enjoyed the many photos all of you have sent showing off your Pirate Blue. We encourage our fans to continue sending photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
(Pictured from left to right: Christian’09, John Paul ’03 and Luke Vercollone ’04)
I can’t say it enough, but we can’t be successful without our alumni, friends, fans and former student-athletes serving as ambassadors and contributing to Pirate Blue. All of you play an integral role in the success of Seton Hall Athletics and on behalf of our student-athletes and staff, I thank you.
Hello Pirate Fans, welcome to my first AD Report.On a monthly basis, I will be reaching out to talk to you about our athletic program and the many exciting things happening with our student-athletes. I’ll also share with you current events and topics about Seton Hall Athletics or just something that we feel you should know. I hope you enjoy the inaugural edition and Go Pirates!
NEW ORIGINAL CONTENT
As a department, we have recently introduced several new mediums with the intention of making SHU Athletics more accessible to you, wherever you may be. Our goal as a department is to be sure all of our alumni, family, friends and supporters feel connected and invested in our success. Our newest communication piece, Pirate E-News has been re-designed, making it easier to navigate and includes more new original content to give our fans an inside look at Pirate Athletics.
If you haven’t already received it, I encourage you to click HERE and sign up.While you’re there, tune in to our Freshman 5 video series or check out the “Where Are They Now” articles as we catch up with former Pirate greats.This type of fresh content is just the beginning of many things we have planned for the upcoming seasons.
INVESTING IN THE FUTURE
We’ve been busy on campus making several improvements to our athletic facilities in the last year. Upgrades have been made to our Men’s and Women’s Basketball Locker Rooms and to all coaches offices.We’ve also added a new practice Sport Court for our Volleyball program and in early 2013 a new scoreboard will be installed on Owen T. Carroll Field. Many of these projects were made possible by the generous support of our Pirate Blue donors.
This past week we tipped off our men’s and women’s basketball seasons with our annual Pirate Blue Beefsteak Dinner.This year’s dinner set a record in both funds raised and number of attendees.The Beefsteak is just one of many events we hold each year and I am always thankful for those who come out and show their dedication and support.
Being an ambassador for our program is more than just making a donation or attending a game, it’s about encouraging others to do the same. I ask all of you to continue to support the entire Seton Hall Athletics program by purchasing tickets, coming to games and joining Pirate Blue, but also help spread the word to your family, friends, neighbors and colleagues.
I can’t say it enough, but all those that attend our games and contribute to Pirate Blue play an integral role in the success of Seton Hall Athletics.We can’t do it without your help and on behalf of our student-athletes and staff, I thank you!
WEAR YOUR PIRATE BLUE
Each month I hope to share photos with you from some of our most loyal fans all around the world. Below is a picture of the 113th Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Army, stationed at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait showing their Pirate Pride. Our friend, Vincent Zingara ’69 sent this to me as his son, Nick is a 1st Lieutenant with the unit and a lifelong Pirate fan. I am sure I speak for all of us in the Seton Hall family, when I express how much we appreciate their service to our country.
I encourage you to show your Pirate Blue and send it along to me: email@example.com.