Sacred Heart Pioneers

Sacred Heart Pioneers
University Sacred Heart University
Conference Northeast Conference (most sports)
Atlantic Hockey (men's ice hockey)
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (men's volleyball)
EIWA (wrestling)
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Bobby Valentine
Location Fairfield, CT
Varsity teams 32
Football stadium Campus Field
Basketball arena William H. Pitt Center
Baseball stadium Pioneer Park, The Ballpark at Harbor Yard
Other arenas Milford Ice Pavilion, Webster Bank Arena
Nickname Pioneers
Colors Red, White, and Gray

The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 32 sports teams (14 men, 18 women) representing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in intercollegiate athletics, including men and women's basketball, cross country, fencing, golf, hockey, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track & field, and volleyball; women's-only bowling, field hockey, rowing, and swimming; and men's-only baseball, football, and wrestling. The Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Northeast Conference.[1]


A member of the Northeast Conference, Sacred Heart sponsors teams in thirteen men's, sixteen women's, and one coed NCAA sanctioned sports, with women's rugby to be added in 2015–16:[2]


Nearly 800 students participate in the university's 31 athletic teams (17 female teams and 14 male teams) along with more than 500 students who participate in 23 Club Sports.

In March 2009, the Women's Basketball team won the NEC Title and earned their second trip to the NCAA Tournament in the last four years. The team faced the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first round of the tournament on March 21, 2009, and lost, 77–63. The Sacred Heart Pioneers women's ice hockey program competes as an independent in NCAA Division I women's ice hockey.

The men's golf team won the NEC Title in May 2008, 2009 and 2011.

The SHU Baseball Team has appeared in the NEC Championship game the past 4 seasons (2009–2012) and won the past 2 Northeast Conference Titles. These wins have earned SHU back to back NCAA tournament bids.

On February 21, 2013, the Sacred Heart University Athletics Department hired longtime Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine to head its athletics department.

The SHU Men's Fencing Team won the Northeast Fencing Conference Championship title five years in a row (2010–2014) and was ranked #9 in 2011.

Club sports

Currently there are twenty-four club sports active on campus. The active clubs are:

  • Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Bowling
  • Dance Team
  • Field Hockey
  • Figure Skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Golf
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Rugby
  • Women's Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Weightlifting


  2. "Sacred Heart Pioneers". Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  3. "NCAA Sports Sponsorship". Retrieved 19 September 2014.
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