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May, 2016

AD Newsletter - May 2016

APR Shows Seton Hall's Academic Strength

Last month, the NCAA released its Academic Progress Rate numbers, and once again Seton Hall student-athletes have made the grade. All 14 of our varsity programs produced an APR score higher than the national average and higher than the average for their respective sports. This includes six of our programs - baseball, men's basketball, women's cross country, women's golf, softball and tennis - achieving perfect scores of 1000 and earning the NCAA's Public Recognition Award.

You can read more of the details here, but I want to thank and congratulate our student-athletes, coaches and support staffs for always making academics a priority. They understand the value of a good education, and they are striving to be better each and every day. Considering all that we ask of our student-athletes, they should be commended for being able to balance all of their responsibilities so successfully.

I'd also like to congratulate our 27 new inductees into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society. This elite group of student-athletes earned the honor by reaching the qualifications of: hold a cumulative grade point average of 3.4 or higher, have achieved at least junior academic standing and be of exceptional moral character. To read more and see the list of honorees, click here.

Donor Matching Day a Record-Breaking Success

Thank you to all the Pirate Blue supporters across the country that helped make our Donor Matching Day a huge success. This year, Pirate Blue raised over $207,000, a new record for the fundraising event, which is in its fifth year. Leading the charge was our very own men's basketball head coach Kevin Willard, who matched all gifts we received on Donor Matching Day by 30 percent. We also received an anonymous donation of $50,000 because we met our 50-state challenge goal.

All of our gifts go towards enhancing the student-athlete experience here at Seton Hall, and your donations have gone a long way already as we've transformed many of our facilities into world-class spaces that help our student-athletes compete for championships. If you did not get the chance to participate on Donor Matching Day, please know that you can support Seton Hall student-athletes any day of the year. You can make a tax-deductible contribution to Pirate Blue now by clicking here.

Thank you again to all the Pirate Blue members who make all of this possible!

Congratulations to Women's Golf on a Third Straight BIG EAST Title

Our women's golf team has only competed for six seasons, but the program has now won the BIG EAST Championship in half of those years as our student-athletes claimed a third consecutive conference crown last month!

Led by head coach Sara Doell, the Pirates received big performances from their student-athletes as four finished in the top-10 of the tournament, led by Cassie Pantelas and Karlie Zabrosky, who finished tied for fourth. Winning one BIG EAST title is an accomplishment, but winning three in a row is a testament to the hard work our student-athletes and coaches have put in to continue to get better.

Our team is now headed west and will compete in the Stanford Regional of the NCAA Tournament, beginning today. Wish them luck and be sure to follow along using Golfstat.com.

Congratulations to Men's Golf's Lloyd Jefferson Go on a BIG EAST Championship

Lloyd Jefferson Go cemented himself not only in Seton Hall history, but also BIG EAST history this week when he won the conference's individual championship at Callawassie Island, S.C. He finished three strokes ahead of the competition, and his second-round 65 (par 72) set a new course record at the Callawassie Island Golf Club. The 65 is in fact the second-lowest round score in BIG EAST Championship history!

Congratulations to LJ, who will now compete in the NCAA Tournament as an individual and is the top seed at the Kohler, Wis. Regional, hosted by Marquette University, May 16-18. Be sure to follow LJ's progress on Golfstat.com.

Be sure to Register for our Hall of Fame Golf Outing & Enshrinement Dinner

In March, we announced our Hall of Fame Class of 2016, and now we are less than three weeks away from our enshrinement ceremony! We will formerly induct Kristen Downing '97, Andre McCloud '86, Father Frank J. McNulty, George Nazario '91, and Thomas Sharkey '54, into the Hall of Fame on Monday, May 23 at our annual Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame Golf Outing and Dinner at the Fairmont Country Club in Chatham, N.J.

Registration for the golf outing and dinner is available online, and there are plenty of ways to get involved with this special day. I hope to see you on the links and at the dinner!

Celebrating 2015-16 at the SAAC Banquet

Last week, we came together to celebrate the 2015-16 season at our annual SAAC Awards Banquet. I want to congratulate all the award winners, especially our Scholar-Athletes of the Year, who are the best of the best in the classroom. You can read more about all our award winners by clicking here.

I'd like to make special mention to our 2016 Most Valuable Pirate, the only award we have that does not go to a student-athlete. Our Director of Sports Medicine Tony Testa is this year's recipient, and Tony has had a major impact on our student-athletes. It's not easy managing the health and care of over 250 student-athletes, but Tony and his staff do an amazing job making sure they receive the best service possible. Congratulations to Tony on an honor well deserved.

Congratulations to Our Senior Class of 2016

Next week we will hold our Pirate Blue Senior Banquet, which means graduation is just around the corner. I want to congratulate all of our seniors (more than 50 of them this year) for working so hard to reach this point. I cannot wait for them to receive their diplomas and celebrate at Prudential Center on May 16 because that is what they are truly here for.

We as a department strive to put our student-athletes in the best possible position to succeed in whatever they want to do, and this group now has the opportunity to take the wealth of knowledge he/she has gained and apply it to life going forward. The next chapter of their lives may be uncertain, but having gone through the rigors of being a student-athlete here at Seton Hall, I feel confident that they will take whatever opportunities they receive and flourish.

Please join me in congratulating our senior class, who are Pirates for life!