Sacred Heart Pioneers
The Sacred Heart Pioneers are the 32 sports teams (14 men, 18 women) representing Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut in intercollegiate athletics. The Pioneers compete in the NCAA Division I and are members of the Northeast Conference (the school's primary conference), Atlantic Hockey, Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association, and New England Women's Hockey Alliance.
|Sacred Heart Pioneers|
|University||Sacred Heart University|
|Conference||Northeast Conference (most sports)|
Atlantic Hockey (men's ice hockey)
New England Women's Hockey Alliance (women's ice hockey)
Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (men's volleyball)
Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association (wrestling)
|Athletic director||Bobby Valentine|
|Football stadium||Campus Field|
|Basketball arena||William H. Pitt Center|
|Baseball stadium||Veterans Memorial Park|
|Other arenas||Webster Bank Arena|
|Colors||Red and White|
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.
The football team plays at the Football Championship Subdivision level and claims an FCS title in 2001. Their biggest rivalry is with the oldest public university in Connecticut, Central Connecticut State University, in what has been dubbed the Constitution State Rivalry.
The women's basketball team won the Northeast Conference regular season title five times and the conference tournament three times and earned three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The baseball team has won four Northeast Conference tournament titles and made four NCAA tournament appearances, formerly led by Super Bowl XVII champion, Nick Giaquinto. The four conference titles are tied for the most in the conference.
The men's golf team won the Northeast Conference title in May 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The men's fencing team won the Northeast Conference title five years in a row (2010–2014) and was ranked #9 in 2011.
The men's ice hockey program competes in the Atlantic Hockey conference, and the women's hockey program competes in the newly-created New England Women's Hockey Alliance (NEWHA) and won the conference's initial tournament title in the 2017-18 season, beating out institutions such as the College of the Holy Cross and Saint Anselm College.
The wrestling team competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the men's volleyball team competes in the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association and the field hockey team competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference.
On September 21, 2020, Sacred Heart announced the addition of a women's wrestling program, the second for a Division I institution (the first being Presbyterian College) and the first in the Northeast region. The program will start in the fall of 2021.
Sacred Heart Pioneers men's ice hockeyteamEdit
is a National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I college ice hockey program that represents Sacred Heart University. The Pioneers are a member of Atlantic Hockey. They play at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut. From 1993-2016, the Pioneers home arena was the Milford Ice Pavilion in Milford, Connecticut.
Sacred Heart began sponsoring men's ice hockey as a varsity sport in 1993. The team was placed in the South Division of ECAC North/South/Central and because they were not able to schedule all of their ECAC South opponents twice the Pioneers played half a conference schedule in their inaugural year. With a full conference slate the following year, Sacred Heart greatly improved their record which continued in year three.
|Men's sports||Women's sports|
|Track and field†||Rugby|
|Swimming and diving|
|Track and field†|
|† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor|
Currently there are twenty-eight club sports active on campus. The active clubs are:
- Men's Basketball
- Women's Basketball
- Dance Team
- Field Hockey
- Figure Skating
- Men's Football
- Men's Ice Hockey
- Men's Lacrosse
- Women's Lacrosse
- Men's Rugby
- Women's Rugby
- Men's Soccer
- Women's Soccer
- Men's Swimming
- Ultimate Frisbee
- Men's Volleyball
- Women's Volleyball