The Hall will welcome transfer Taylor Brown and freshman Jayla Jones-Pack for the upcoming 2016-17 season
Aleesha Powell was named "All Pirate" to highlight several team awards
The Hall has added a pair of guards to its talented incoming freshman class
The Pirate head coach was inducted into his hometown Hall of Fame on Thursday night
The Pirate guard was a third round pick of the Dallas Wings
An inside look at the women's basketball team's summer training program.
Check out the photo gallery from the NCAA Tournament Round One women's basketball game against Duquense.
The Pirates fall to Creighton, on March 7, 2016.
Seton Hall tops St. John's, 72-60
Seton Hall won a program-record 28 games in 2014-15, earning an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament, its first invitation to the Big Dance since 1995. The Pirates went 15-3 in the BIG EAST, finishing the regular season as Co-BIG EAST Champions for the first time in program history, and as the No. 1 seed advanced to the conference championship game for the first time since 1995.
Bozzella was named the BIG EAST Coach of the Year, won the Maggie Dixon Division I Coach of the Year award presented by the Metropolitan Basketball Writers Association, and was one of 10 finalists for the Naismith Division I Women's College Basketball Coach of the Year award.
All of that success further translated to individual accolades. Seton Hall boasted a pair of First-Team All-BIG EAST performers (Ka-Deidre Simmons and Daisha Simmons) for the first time in its history, and with Tabatha Richardson-Smith named Second-Team All-BIG EAST the Pirates had three All-Conference members for the first time. Ka-Deidre and Daisha Simmons were named Honorable Mention All-Americans, the first time a pair or Pirates received that distinction in the same season.
In 2013-14 Bozzella led the Pirates to a 20-14 overall record and a berth to the WNIT. The postseason appearance was just the sixth in program history and the first since 2007, and The Hall advanced to the third round of the tournament for the first time.
Instituting a player-friendly fast-paced offensive style, Bozzella's squads have posted two of the top-four scoring seasons in program history, with the 2014-15 team netting a record 2,569 points.
A 1989 graduate of Seton Hall University, Bozzella is the fourth women's basketball coach in Seton Hall history. He brought 21 years of collegiate head coaching experience to South Orange, spending the previous 11 seasons at Iona College in New Rochelle, N.Y., where he resurrected the Gaels' program into a perennial contender in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
Over his final eight seasons at Iona, Bozzella's impact really began to take shape. During that stretch he posted a 138-116 overall record, reaching three MAAC title games and earning four WNIT berths over a seven-year span.
With a 20-13 overall record in 2012-13, Bozzella recorded his third 20-win season at Iona, reached the MAAC championship game for the third time and guided the Gaels to their fourth WNIT appearance.
He coached a pair of MAAC Players of the Year, saw four of his players earn MAAC Rookie of the Year accolades, and had 21 players named All-MAAC from 2006-13. Bozzella's 85-56 record in the MAAC over his final seven seasons at Iona was the second best mark in the league. He was named the Co-MAAC Coach of the Year in 2005-06, when he guided the Gaels to their first winning season in 23 years, tying for third place in the MAAC standings before advancing to the semifinals in the conference tournament.
Exceptional academic achievement was a trademark for Bozzella during his tenure at Iona. He boasted a 100 percent graduation rate for all the players he recruited in addition to seeing 64 student-athletes earn MAAC All-Academic honors. The Iona women's basketball program boasted a perfect NCAA Academic Progress Rate (APR) score in five of his last six seasons and received four-straight NCAA APR Public Recognition Awards.
Prior taking the reins at Iona, he commandeered an amazing turnaround in just two years at the head coach at LIU Brooklyn. There he coached a team that had not posted a winning record in 21 years to the Northeast Conference championship in just his first season, earning an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Bozzella received his coaching start at Southampton College of Long Island University. In a similar fashion to the way resurrecting programs would come to define his career, Bozzella took over a program that never had a winning season and turned them into a consistent winner.
It took him just three seasons to guide Southampton to the first winning record in program history and that started a streak of six-straight winning campaigns, culminating with a program-record 20-9 season in 1999-00.
Bozzella and his wife, Maria, met at Seton Hall University and have been married for more than 20 years. They currently reside in West Orange, N.J., and have two children, Samantha, 18, and Joseph, 15.
THE BOZZELLA FILE
- Led Seton Hall to the NCAA Tournament in 2015, its first NCAA Tournament berth since 1995, and the third in program history.
- Has posted back-to-back 20-win seasons at Seton Hall, boasting a 48-20 (.706) record over his two seasons as head coach.
- Named the 2015 BIG EAST Coach of the Year, the Maggie Dixon Divison I Coach of the Year, and named one of 10 finalists for the Naismith Division I Women's College Coach of the Year award.
- Guided Seton Hall to the first regular season BIG EAST title in program history and the No. 1 seed in the BIG EAST Tournament for the first time.
- His SHU teams have posted two of the top-four scoring seasons in program history, scoring a record 2,569 points in 2014-15.
- Seton Hall went 20-14 in 2013-14, qualifying for the WNIT for its first postseason berth since 2007, while advancing to the tournament's third round for a first time.
- Has turned every program he has ever been around into a perennial contender for a conference title and postseason berth.
- At Southampton, he took a team that never had a winning record and guided them to six-straight postseason appearances.
- Guided LIU Brooklyn to the NEC Championship and the NCAA Tournament in just his first season despite inheritting a program that had never posted a winning record prior to his arrival.