The 2014-15 year was another to remember in Seton Hall Athletics, as the Pirates continued to rise in their second year as a member of the revamped BIG EAST Conference.
Highlighted by three NCAA Regional berths (Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, Women’s Golf),there was no shortage of memorable moments across all 14 varsity athletic programs as Seton Hall student-athletes continued to honor and further the University's proud athletic tradition.
That prowess extended into the classroom as well and the final moment in what has been a three-week countdown honors the Pirates' collective commitment to academic excellence.
RAISING THE BAR
With practices, film sessions, game competitions and travel, it could be easy for a student-athlete to forget or underestimate the “student” portion of his/her responsibilities. But at Seton Hall University, student-athletes understand the power of a good education and the need to prepare themselves for their futures. They “get it” so well that they have become leaders among their peers.
Seton Hall student-athletes continue to set a new standard, reaching new heights for Pirates academic success. In 2014-15, the Pirates as a collective finished the year with a 3.346 cumulative grade-point average (GPA), a new high for the department, and it speaks to the commitment these young men and women have made to making the most of their opportunities.
The accomplishments were magnified this past spring when all 14 varsity sports posted semester GPAs over 3.0, including 11 of the 14 going over the 3.3 mark. After 124 student-athletes earned Dean’s List honors (which requires a 3.4 GPA or higher) last Fall, the Pirates saw an increase in that figure with 141 being named Dean’s List in the spring. The 141 represents 56 percent of all of Seton Hall’s student-athletes.
The Pirates have also been recognized for their academics on a national level with six programs – baseball, men’s basketball, women’s cross country, women’s golf, softball and women’s tennis – earning NCAA Public Recognition awards for boasting an academic progress rate that ranks in the top 10 percent in the country of their respective sports.
And, of course, earning a degree is the goal, and the Pirates graduated 48 percent of their seniors with honors, including five summa cum laude.
Individually, many Pirates were lauded for their classroom work. Volleyball’s Shelbey Manthorpe was named the BIG EAST Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year and the winner of the prestigious Michael Tranghese Postgraduate Leadership Award. Manthorpe, women’s basketball’s Ka-Deidre Simmons, women’s golf’s Ali Kruse and men’s swimming & diving’s Ben Mitchell claimed BIG EAST Sport Excellence Awards for being the best of the best in their respective sports based on their academic, athletic and community contributions. Cross country’s Mary Migton and Tyler Orner were named Seton Hall’s Scholar-Athletes of the Year.
The numbers and honors say it all; these Pirates put the “student” in student-athlete, and they sure have a bright future ahead of them.