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
UniversitySacred Heart University
ConferenceNortheast 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)
NCAADivision I
Athletic directorBobby Valentine
LocationFairfield, Connecticut
Varsity teams32
Football stadiumCampus Field
Basketball arenaWilliam H. Pitt Center
Baseball stadiumVeterans Memorial Park
Other arenasWebster Bank Arena
ColorsRed and White[1]


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 men's basketball team won the Division II national title in 1986.

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.

On February 21, 2013, the Sacred Heart University athletics department hired longtime Major League Baseball player and manager Bobby Valentine as the athletic director.

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.

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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.[2] 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
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross country
Cross country Equestrian
Football Field hockey
Ice Hockey Golf
Lacrosse Ice hockey
Soccer Lacrosse
Tennis Rowing
Track and field Rugby
Volleyball Soccer
Wrestling Softball
Swimming and diving
Track and field
Wrestling (2021)
Co-ed sports
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

Club sportsEdit

Currently there are twenty-eight 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
  • Esports
  • Men's Football
  • Men's Ice Hockey
  • Men's Lacrosse
  • Women's Lacrosse
  • Men's Rugby
  • Women's Rugby
  • Running
  • Sailing
  • Chess
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Softball
  • Men's Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Men's Volleyball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Weightlifting


  1. ^ SHU Pioneers Official Logo Art. Retrieved April 6, 2016.
  2. ^ "Sacred Heart Pioneers Ice Hockey". College Hockey News. Retrieved May 26, 2019.

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