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February, 2015

NCAA Legislation Report

Last month, the NCAA held its annual convention, and the landscape of intercollegiate athletics continues to evolve as topics including cost-of-attendance, four-year scholarships and student-athlete welfare dominated the conversation. To read more about these issues, click here.

At Seton Hall, we will continue to always have the best interests of the student-athletes in mind when making any decision. We will review the measures passed at the NCAA Convention and then move forward with the best possible course of action that will allow us to remain competitive in our efforts to offer the best possible experience and field BIG EAST Championship caliber programs.

Academic Success Continues

I am proud to report that our student-athletes continue to shine where it counts the most: the classroom! Our Fall 2014 GPAs are in, and they are outstanding. Our sports combined to post a 3.308 GPA, and 11 of our 14 programs achieved a 3.2 GPA or higher! Congratulations to our volleyball team for having the highest Fall GPA at 3.536. And congrats to our men's cross country team, which posted the highest Fall GPA of any male sport at 3.477.

Cumulatively, our student-athletes are currently holding a 3.32 GPA, the highest in our athletics department's history! I want to commend all our student-athletes, who consistently juggle the demands of schoolwork, practice time, competition and travel and do so with great success. We have terrific young men and women here at Seton Hall, and you should be proud of what they are accomplishing.

Locker Rooms Complete

We started the Spring 2015 semester with a momentous occasion as we opened the doors to our new men's and women's varsity locker rooms to our student-athletes. Part of Phase III of our Pride & Excellence Campaign, we are proud to deliver a personal locker to each of our student-athletes. As I have always said, we are here to provide our student-athletes the best possible experience, and we feel that these locker rooms represent our commitment to excellence.

I want to thank everyone involved in our locker room project, especially our Pirate Blue donors, who make so much possible with their generous support.

If you are interested in learning more about our locker rooms, I encourage you to take a look at our online photo gallery and our video.

Corks and Forks a Success

On Jan. 21, Pirate Blue hosted its first-ever "Corks & Forks" event, a wine tasting and dinner presented by Maria & Anthony Bozzella and Julie & Kevin Willard. We had a tremendous turnout as over 125 people joined us at the Echo Lake Country Club, and I want to extend my thanks and gratitude to hosts Jim & Judy O'Brien, who continue to support Seton Hall Athletics in extraordinary ways. I'd also like to thank all the attendees as "Corks & Forks"" helped Pirate Blue raise over $24,000 through raffles and donations! We are already looking forward to next year's event!

MBB/WBB Update - Tickets

Basketball season is in full swing, and I again encourage you to come support our men's and women's teams. Our men's team is in the thick of the BIG EAST race and spent three weeks in the national rankings after top 15 wins over St. John's and Villanova. There are only a handful more opportunities to come to Prudential Center this season to watch our talented group, so come out and support your Pirates!

Our women's team is having a special season, and I'm so proud of the hard work our student-athletes have put in to become one of the top teams in the BIG EAST this season. They too have tasted the national rankings (ranked No. 24 in this week's Coaches Poll), and they have terrific momentum heading into the home stretch of the regular season. There's only four home games at Walsh Gymnasium left, so be sure to visit campus and cheer your Pirates on as they chase the championship!

And don't forget to get your BIG EAST Championship tickets! The women's championship will be held in Chicago March 7-10, and the men's championship will be at Madison Square Garden in New York March 11-14. For ticket information, call the Seton Hall Athletics box office at (973) 275-HALL.

Swimming Update

I want to congratulate our eight swimming & diving seniors, who participated in their final home meet just a short while ago. It is always bittersweet when you've competed for the last time at home, but these student-athletes will always cherish the memories, will always have a bond with their teammates and will move on to bigger and better things as they graduate and begin the next chapter of their lives. The season, of course, isn't over as both the men and women will compete at the BIG EAST Championship Feb. 18-21, and I wish both teams luck as they chase the championship!

Spring Season is Here

With our women's tennis team competing last week, it's officially the start of the spring season! Our softball team will also begin this weekend with five games in North Texas. We are looking forward to all of our teams having great seasons and competing for the BIG EAST Championship! Be sure to visit SHUPirates.com for the latest information on our baseball, softball, men's golf, women's golf and women's tennis teams.

Pirates Fans across the Globe

There is no doubt that there are Seton Hall fans across this great country and even across the world! Kevin Kilgore graduated from Seton Hall in 2007 and is currently studying at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He is as big a Pirates fan as they come, and he watches all of our games in Italy! I hope to hear from more Pirates fans abroad, so tweet us @SHUAthletics a picture of you wearing your Pirate Blue!