The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics was announced as the winner of the Northeast Conference Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup by the conference office this afternoon. It marks the sixth time in nine years that the Pioneers have earned the conference's highest honor for overall athletic excellence.
SHU also captured its ninth Joan Martin Commissioner's Cup for excellence in women's sports, with 123.99 points. The Pioneers have now earned that honor in back-to-back years and for the eighth time in 10 years. The Pioneers finished second in the chase for the men's cup, won by Bryant (95.20 points), with 86.69 points.
"Congratulations to our student-athletes, coaches and staff on earning the Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup for the sixth time in nine seasons, and to our women's programs on earning a record ninth Joan Martin's Commissioners Cup," said Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. "Our continued success on the playing fields is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of these young men and women, and I am humbled to be associated with them."
The Pioneers accrued 210.68 points on the strength of conference championships in women's cross country, women's indoor and outdoor track & field, and bowling, and a regular season women's basketball championship. The men's basketball team and baseball teams both placed second in the regular season, while the women's golf team and men's cross country finished second in their respective conference championships as well.
Pioneer women's teams finished more than 15 points clear of runner-up Saint Francis University. Adding to the women's point total was a third place finish from the tennis team, as well as NEC Tournament appearances from volleyball and lacrosse.
"I am thrilled about this tremendous achievement by our student-athletes," said John J. Petillo, University president. "I am even more proud of their successes outside of the public eye – in the classroom and in the community. Our student-athletes embody the spirit of SHU."
SHU student-athletes combined for an academic year GPA of 3.31 during the 2015-16 season. Over the two semesters, there were 54 perfect 4.0 semesters and a total of 537 Dean's List honorees. During the year, Pioneer student-athletes recorded 8,392 hours of community service, taking part in events such as Walk a Mile in Her Shoes, the CT Challenge Bike Ride, MS Walk and reading to school children in Bridgeport.