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November 2014

CONSTRUCTION PROGRESSING RAPIDLY

The transformation of the Richie Regan Recreation Center continues to progress and the current phase, which includes the complete renovation of our varsity locker room space, is really starting to take shape. The framework for each of our new varsity locker rooms has already been completed and the installation of the individual lockers is now underway.

For the first time in Seton Hall history, each varsity athletic program will have its own sport specific locker room space and the project is expected to be completed by the end of this calendar year. While the lockers are being installed, construction continues on finishing ceiling and HVAC work, painting, and floor tile. Once the space is complete, it will be adorned with Seton Hall branded graphics and artwork.

Progress continues to be made on the second phase of the project, construction of a sport performance center, featuring a new varsity weight room and team meeting room. With a planned completion date of early 2015, the new varsity weight room will more than double the space available in the current area. The team meeting room will accommodate up to 40 people with amphitheater style seating and projection and surround sound audio/visual equipment. Work is underway for creating the tiered platforms that will serve as the foundation for the layout.

These exciting projects, which continue to provide state-of-the-art training and academic spaces for every one of Seton Hall's varsity student-athletes, could not be possible without the contributions of our loyal Pirate Blue supporters. Naming opportunities are available within the campaign including the opportunity to name a locker within in our new locker facility. To make a donation or for more information, contact the Pirate Blue office at (973) 275-6447 or pirateblue@shu.edu.

SEASON-TICKET DELIVERY

With the start of our men's basketball season right around the corner, season-tickets are currently being delivered to our Pirate faithful. As is tradition, a handful of men's basketball players joined the Pirate to personally deliver season-ticket packages to select individuals, partners and community enterprises. This year, the season-tickets are being delivered in a special gift, a Seton Hall flag. Feel free to display it and be sure to send us photos with the flag, showing off your pride like our friends Jill Surdyka '01 and Jim Orr '61 did above. Tweet your photos and be sure to use the hashtag #PirateBlueNation.

CLICK HERE to watch a video of the deliveries.

I would be remiss not to take a moment to thank our loyal and dedicated season-ticket holders. Their devotion to our program is integral to our success as a program and an athletics department. They are the backbone of our operations and their support ensures that our student-athletes have the means necessary to compete at the nation's highest level.

With a packed slate of BIG EAST programs scheduled, and intriguing non-conference opponents such as Rutgers and George Washington, we know this season will make the Prudential Center a must-visit destination on Seton Hall game days. We look forward to seeing our loyal season-ticket holders all season long.

UNDER ARMOUR APPARAL NOW ON SALE

The Seton Hall Department of Athletics' partnership with its new official apparel provider Under Armour has already been a tremendous success. By now, many of you may have seen the recently released images of the uniforms our men's basketball team will proudly wear this season, and we are also excited to announce select officially licensed items are now available for purchase online at underarmour.com and by CLICKING HERE.

This collaboration will greatly benefit our student-athletes, affording them access to the highest quality apparel, footwear and equipment that is built with the latest technology to allow for a competitive advantage on the field of play. Under Armour is equally devoted in contributing to the success of our teams and student-athletes, which has been affirmed through their dedication to this partnership.

More Under Armour branded Seton Hall merchandise will be available for purchase in the coming weeks. As the global leader in sports performance innovation, Under Armour has already equipped every Seton Hall student-athlete with premier training and game day apparel. Now our students, alumni and fans can proudly show off their Pirate Blue while sporting a brand new look.

SEASON-TICKET SALES BOOMING

With both programs on the rise, men's and women's season-ticket numbers are thriving. I'm very pleased to announce that the total number of women's basketball season-ticket holders has reached a 10-year high. Season tickets on the men's side have already renewed at nearly 93%, significantly higher than the industry standard, and the highest at Seton Hall since the 2006-07 season. We've also already sold more ticket packages to new holders than we did in all of last season.

We also know that without a loud and loyal student section, our home court advantage won't reach its full potential. Fortunately, our student season-ticket numbers continue to grow rapidly each day and we've already surpassed the total number of student season-tickets sold from all of last season.

With new-look teams, new apparel, and venue enhancements, it's never been a better time to be a Seton Hall basketball fan and are ticket numbers are proving the excitement. For more information on tickets and ticket packages, please contact the Seton Hall Athletic Ticket Office at (973) 275-HALL (4255) or via e-mail at tickets@shu.edu.

VOLLEYBALL EXCITEMENT

As the soccer seasons wind down and the basketball seasons about to begin, I wanted to take a moment to commend the recent success of our volleyball program. Led by head coach Allison Yaeger, the Pirates have jumped out to a 22-6 overall record with just five matches remaining on the schedule. It's only the program's fifth 20+ win season in history. Additionally, they've won 10 of their first 13 BIG EAST matches and currently are tied for second in the 10-team league. Their 10 conference victories represents a program record.

With only three matches remaining at home, I encourage Pirate fans to pack Walsh Gym as this team fights for a regular season title and the right to play for a BIG EAST Tournament championship in Milwaukee on Nov. 28-29. Only the top four teams in the final regular season standings will play in the season-ending event, so these final matches are crucial for Seton Hall.

The Pirates return to Walsh Gym this Saturday and will host Villanova at 7:00 p.m. Seton Hall will wrap up its home schedule the following weekend with Marquette on Friday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. and DePaul on Saturday, Nov. 15 at 5:00 p.m.

STUDENT-ATHLETE SERVICE INITIATIVES

Late last month, Seton Hall student-athletes made their voices heard as part of the national "It's On Us" campaign, a White House-led initiative directed at attacking the issue of sexual assault at the root while serving as an educational and preventative tool.

"It's On Us" aims to fundamentally shift the way that sexual assault is perceived and to foster an environment where there is a collective responsibility to do something, big or small, to prevent it. The campaign reflects the belief that sexual assault is not just an issue limited to the narrow scope of a perpetrator and a victim, but one in which the rest of us also have a role to play. Sexual assault and personal safety are matters of particular significance at the university level and at Seton Hall, we join the "It's On Us" campaign in a devout commitment to creating an environment - be it a dorm room, a party, a bar or club, or the greater college campus - where sexual assault is unacceptable and survivors are supported.

You can watch our student-athletes speak out in support of this worthy cause by CLICKING HERE.

As the holiday season approaches, several other outreach projects are on the horizon as well. As our basketball teams open the new season at home this weekend, the tennis team has partnered with Gilda's Club of Northern New Jersey to help collect goods that will support the organization's mission of assisting individuals living with cancer as well as their families.

Collections of a different kind will continue throughout the month as once again, each one of our varsity teams will be participating in our "Seton Hall Gives Thanks" campaign. Each squad will compile a basket that features a variety of staples associated with a balanced Thanksgiving meal. Baskets will also include sport-specific items and a homemade Thanksgiving card signed by team members and coaches.

With a number of athletic seasons in full-swing, it is important for us to also take the time to actively engage our community and I would like to commend our student-athletes who continue to represent our department, and Seton Hall University, in a manner befitting of what we believe it means to be a Pirate.

MEET THE TEAMS ON NOV. 9

This weekend will be a wonderful opportunity for you to come out and see our men's and women's basketball teams before the start of the regular season. On Saturday at noon, our women's team will host Philadelphia in an exhibition game. On Sunday at noon, our men's team will host Caldwell in an exhibition. Tickets to both contests are still available.

Immediately following the men's exhibition on Sunday, be sure to join both teams, coaching staffs and Pirate fans in the Fieldhouse for the Meet the Teams event from 2pm-4pm. Fans will have the opportunity to get autographs from the teams, enjoy food, family entertainment and get excited for the start of the 2014-15 season!

This exclusive post-game Meet the Teams event is free to attend and exclusive to both men's and women's basketball season ticket holders, student season ticket holders, junior pirates, and anyone who has purchased tickets for the Walsh Gym Package.

RSVP for the Meet the Teams event by Friday, November 7 by calling the Ticket Office at (973) 275-4255, or email tickets@shu.edu.