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December, 2015

AD Newsletter Dec 2015

To all Pirate faithful, I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family last week. I cannot believe that we are almost halfway through the 2015-16 academic year, but I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

On campus, we have made significant strides in delivering an elite student-athlete experience. Our new locker rooms, new varsity weight room and video room were completed in early 2015 and have truly elevated the Seton Hall athletics program. Our partnership with Under Armour continues to be a successful one with UA providing our student-athletes with the resources to succeed during competition. Our plan is to continue to make sure that you are proud of the Seton Hall student-athletes and the Athletics program as a whole.

Of course, none of this would be possible without the unwavering support of Pirate Blue's generous donors. Those who provide financial support are truly the backbone of our success. We simply cannot function at a BIG EAST and national level without you, and because of your generosity, our student-athletes have the resources needed to challenge for greatness.

So it is now more than ever, during a time of the year of reflection, I ask that you consider making a gift to the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund below; to help us continue to elevate our student-athletes experience and take Seton Hall to the next level. As I said before, I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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Women's Hoops Nationally Ranked

If you haven't taken notice of our women's basketball team, now's the time to start because the entire nation is now seeing what our team is capable of achieving. Our women are off to a 7-0 start, and after earning a spot in the USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll last week, they have also now entered the Associated Press Top 25 this week. They are ranked No. 21 in the Coaches poll and No. 22 in the AP poll, and in the first official NCAA RPI Report, the team is No. 3 overall in the country. The NCAA named Seton Hall its Team of the Week after winning three games away from home.

Congratulations to head coach Tony Bozzella, his great staff and his terrific student-athletes; they work hard and give a tremendous effort on the court. If you haven't made your way to Walsh Gymnasium to see them play yet, I highly recommend it. We have our next game on Wednesday, Dec. 9 against Fordham, and you can get tickets by calling (973) 275-4255.

Men's Hoops off to a Great Start

Our men's basketball team is also off to a great start, having won five of its first seven games, including a great win over Georgia just last weekend. The team is headed to Rutgers this weekend for the second installment of the Garden State Hardwood Classic as we once again play for New Jersey bragging rights.

After the Rutgers game, we have some exciting home games at Prudential Center coming up, including our big Dec. 19 game against Wichita State. There's going to be some fun action at The Rock in the next few weeks, so be sure to get your tickets either online or by calling (973) 275-4255.

Softball and Tennis Renovations Complete

Last month, construction was completed on two renovation projects in Ivy Hill Park: Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field, where our softball team competes, and four tennis courts behind the parking deck where our tennis team will now compete. The project was completed in conjunction with Essex County, who owns and operates Ivy Hill Park.

We are thrilled to have completed these renovations because our softball and tennis teams are deserving of a first-class facility that they can call home. As I've always said, we place a premium on the student-athlete experience here at Seton Hall, and this latest upgrade is another example of how serious we take that and how much we want our student-athletes to learn and compete at the highest level.

Please take a moment to view pictures of the completed facilities and learn a little more about what was renovated. Also, be on the look out for pictures from the ribbon cutting, occurring later this month.

Giving Back During Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to come together and reflect upon the gifts we have received in our lives, whether that's the gift of family, health, good fortune or even simply the gift of having a good day. I'm thankful for the student-athletes our department gets to interact with each and every day.

For the third straight year, our student-athletes aimed to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate during Thanksgiving. All 14 of our varsity teams put together a basket full of food and something unique to their program and then submitted the 14 baskets to the Pierre Toussaint Food Pantry in Newark.

This was another special initiative run through our H.A.L.L. Program, and I can't thank the student-athletes enough for taking the time to help those less fortunate. Please take a moment to read the full story and view the pictures.

Reading with the Pirates

Our "Reading with the Pirates" initiative is now in its fourth year, and recently a group of student-athletes went to South Mountain Elementary School to participate in the program and promote reading to children that ranged from kindergarten to fourth grade.

I'm always grateful that we have terrific student-athletes who view community service not as a chore, but as a wonderful opportunity to give back. It's a testament to their commitment to becoming leaders, one of the goals we have for all our student-athletes. Please take a moment to read the story and view the pictures.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and Go Pirates!