Seton Hall Pirates

Seton Hall Pirates
University Seton Hall University
Conference Big East Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletic director Patrick Lyons
Location South Orange, New Jersey
Varsity teams 14 (6 men's, 8 women's)
Basketball arena Prudential Center
Baseball stadium Owen T. Carroll Field
Softball stadium Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field
Soccer stadium Owen T. Carroll Field
Other arenas Walsh Gymnasium
Mascot The Pirate
Nickname Pirates
Fight song "Onward Setonia"[1]
Colors Blue and White[2]

The Seton Hall Pirates are the athletic teams representing Seton Hall University. They compete as a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I level (non-football sub-level), primarily competing in the Big East Conference for all sports since the 1979-80 season.[3][4][5] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer and swimming & diving; women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming & diving, tennis and volleyball. Seton Hall canceled football (which was played in Division III) in 1982.

On December 15, 2012, Seton Hall and the other seven Catholic, non-FBS schools announced that they were departing the Big East for a new conference.[6]

The school's athletic director is Patrick Lyons.[7] The program's mascot is The Pirate[8] and colors are blue, gray, and white.[9]


Men Women
Sport Facility Sport Facility
Baseball Owen T. Carroll Field Basketball Walsh Gymnasium
Basketball Prudential Center (2007–present), IZOD Center (1985-2007) Cross country
Cross country Golf Fiddler's Elbow Country Club
Golf Fiddler's Elbow Country Club Soccer Owen T. Carroll Field
Soccer Owen T. Carroll Field Softball Mike Sheppard, Sr. Field
Swimming & diving Arthur E. Imperattore Natatorium Swimming & diving Arthur E. Imperattore Natatorium
Tennis Seton Hall Tennis Courts
Volleyball Walsh Gymnasium



The university first sponsored men's basketball in 1903.[10] The program won the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) in 1953[11] and lost in the finals of the 1989 NCAA Tournament to Michigan, 80–79 in overtime.[12]




In 2014, the Pirates made their first trip to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament and finished as runners-up in the BIG EAST Conference.[13]



The school sponsored football from 1882-1932 and 1973-1982. The sport's second stint at the school came in Division III. The sport was dropped in 1982 due to "the team's past losing season, inadequate facilities, decreased attendance and a general lack of support for the program."[14]


  1. Myslenski, Skip (4 April 1989). "Michigan Tops Seton Hall: Robinson Foul Shots in OT Seal First Title". The Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 2012-06-06. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  2. Seton Hall University Graphic Standards Manual (PDF). Retrieved 2016-04-11.
  3. "NCAA Division 1 Varsity Sports". Seton Hall University. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  4. "Member Schools". BIG EAST Conference Athletics. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  5. "A History of the Big East". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 5, 2003. Archived from the original on June 6, 2012. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  6. "Seven schools leaving Big East". ESPN. December 15, 2012. Retrieved December 16, 2012.
  7. "Seton Hall AD Patrick Lyons Shows Confidence in Big East as Conference Undergoes Latest Expansion Tumult". The Star-Ledger. September 19, 2011. Retrieved 6 June 2012.
  8. Brennan, Eamonn (October 5, 2011). "Seton Hall Updates Mascot Look". ESPN. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  9. "Seton Hall University Graphic Standards Manual". Seton Hall University. July 16, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on December 15, 2015. Retrieved December 15, 2015.
  10. "New book spotlights history of SHU b-ball". The Setonian. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  11. "1953 Men's NIT Basketball Tournament". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  12. Luicci, Tom (January 25, 2009). "Reunion of Seton Hall's 1989 Final Four Team Brings P.J. Carlesimo to Tears". Retrieved June 6, 2012.
  13. "Women's Volleyball". Seton Hall University. Retrieved December 11, 2014.
  14. "Football Dropped". The Times-News. Hendersonville, North Carolina. March 2, 1982. p. 12. Retrieved June 6, 2012.
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