The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics earned the Northeast Conference Brenda Weare Commissioner's Cup for overall athletic excellence and the Joan Martin Commissioner's Cup for excellence in women's athletics. The Pioneers have eight overall cups and 11 women's cups; extending the record number of both trophies earned by the Pioneers.
"We are tremendously proud of to have earned the NEC Brenda Weare and Joan Martin Commissioner's Cups," said Executive Director of Athletics, Bobby Valentine. "These awards are earned only with a complete team effort and are a testament to the hard work, dedication and commitment of our student-athletes, coaches and staff. I am honored to be associated with this talented group and extend my heartfelt thanks for their contributions in continuing to build on the tradition of greatness that is SHU Athletics."
SHU compiled 201.65 points in the overall standings; surpassing runner-up Saint Francis by nearly 10 points (192.86). The Pioneers accumulated 120.49 points in the women's standings, a winning margin of 5.59 points. SHU placed second in the men's standings with 81.16 points, 3.9 points behind Bryant.
The Pioneers overall title was boosted by championships from the football and women's bowling team. SHU squads participated in NEC postseason play in 19 of the conference's 22 sponsored sports; including the women's basketball tournament. The Pioneers women's basketball team remains the only NEC squad to play in the NEC Tournament in every season as a league member.
SHU captured its first overall cup in the 2007-08 season; its first of five consecutive overall crowns through the 2011-12 season. After three years of finishing twice as the cup's runner-up, the Pioneers won back-to-back crowns in 2015-16 and 2016-17. The Pioneers missed out on the overall crown last season by 9.56 points.
The Pioneers first women's cup came in the 2004-05 season. SHU won again in 2006-07, the first of six consecutive Martin Cup titles. The Pioneers have now won four of the past five women's cups. SHU has won the women's cup in 11-of-20 seasons since joining the NEC, all of which have come over the last 15 campaigns.