Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball

The Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball program is the NCAA Division I intercollegiate men's basketball program of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey. The team competes in the Big East Conference and plays their home games in the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

Seton Hall Pirates
2021–22 Seton Hall Pirates men's basketball team
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UniversitySeton Hall University
First season1903–04
Head coachShaheen Holloway
ConferenceBig East
LocationNewark, New Jersey;
South Orange, New Jersey
ArenaPrudential Center;
Walsh Gymnasium
(Capacity: 10,481/18,711; 1,316)
ColorsBlue and white[1]
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Home jersey
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Team colours
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Away jersey
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Team colours

NCAA Tournament Runner-up
NCAA Tournament Final Four
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1989, 1991
NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen
1989, 1991, 1992, 2000
NCAA Tournament Round of 32
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 2000, 2004, 2018
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2000, 2004, 2006, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2022
Conference tournament champions
1991, 1993, 2016
Conference regular season champions
1992, 1993, 2020


Seton Hall's first season of basketball occurred in 1903–04, but the school did not field a team again until 1908–09, the year in which the university achieved its first winning season. The school adopted the Pirate mascot in 1931, and the teams soon gained national prominence with the arrival of John "Honey" Russell in 1936. During an 18-year span, the Pirates racked up a 295–129 record that included an undefeated 19–0 record in 1939–40 as part of a 41-game unbeaten streak. Walsh Gymnasium was opened in 1941 to house the basketball team permanently and featured one of the best Seton Hall teams of all time, termed the "Wonder Five", which led by All-American Bob Davies, earned the school's first NIT bid in 1941. Following World War II, the Pirates were led by stars Frank Saul and Bobby Wanzer and regularly played games at Madison Square Garden. The peak of this era occurred in 1953 when Richie Regan and Walter Dukes defeated rival St. John's University for the NIT title. Perhaps the low point for the team occurred in 1961 when a point shaving scandal sullied the program, but the Pirates rebounded to return to the NIT in 1974 under coach Bill Raftery.[2] Seton Hall became a charter member of the Big East Conference in 1979. They are still a member to this day. Seton Hall Now almost always participates at the NCCA March Madness.

The 1908–09 Seton Hall basketball team recorded the school's first winning record in its second season of play

Although Seton Hall did have a lengthly American Football Team, The high point of the Big East era for Seton Hall came when P. J. Carlesimo was hired in 1982 and the team began playing in the Meadowlands Arena. By 1988, Carlesimo led the Pirates to the school's first NCAA tournament appearance, and in 1989, he led the Hall to an unexpected tournament run to the NCAA Championship game, where they were defeated by Michigan in overtime. Success under Carlesimo continued with a Big East Tournament Championship and an Elite Eight appearance in 1991, a regular season Big East Championship and Sweet Sixteen appearance in 1992, and Big East Regular Season and Big East Tournament Championships in 1993. Carlesimo left to coach in the NBA following the 1993–94 season, but Seton Hall returned to the Sweet Sixteen in 2000 guided by coach Tommy Amaker, and appeared in the NCAA tournament in 2004 and 2006 coached by Louis Orr. In 2006–07, Bobby Gonzalez was hired to lead the Pirates, which moved its home games into the Prudential Center in 2007.[3] Gonzalez amassed a 66–59 record at Seton Hall but was fired at the conclusion of the 2009–10 after a first-round NIT loss to Texas Tech. Concerns were raised in-house about the direction Gonzalez was taking the program, punctuated by several incidents, some involving Gonzalez and others involving student athletes. Shortly after his dismissal Gonzalez was arrested for shoplifting.[4] Seton Hall hired current coach Kevin Willard for the 2010–11 season.[5]

After struggling to maintain a .500 record through his first five seasons with the program, Willard's Pirates finally broke through in the 2015–16 season, as they won the Big East Tournament Championship over the eventual national champion Villanova Wildcats. With the win, Seton Hall secured the school's first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2006 and the first Big East Tournament Championship since 1993. However, the magic could not continue in the NCAA Tournament, as the team was defeated by the 11th-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the First Round. In 2017, the Pirates were again eliminated in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament by the Arkansas Razorbacks, but the Pirates would win their first tournament game in fourteen years upon defeating the NC State Wolfpack in 2018's First Round before being defeated by the Kansas Jayhawks in the Second Round. Following the graduation of starting seniors Khadeen Carrington, Ángel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez, and Ismael Sanogo, the Pirates would appear in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament for the second time in program history in 2019. Led by the play of standout junior guard Myles Powell, the Pirates, at risk of missing the tournament sitting on a 16–12 overall and 7–9 Big East record, won their final two regular season games at home against 16th-ranked Marquette and 23rd-ranked Villanova and advanced to the Big East Final where they lost a rematch to Villanova by two points. Ultimately, they secured a #10 seed in the tournament following their performance down the stretch, and fell to the Wofford Terriers in a First Round game in which Fletcher Magee would break Division I's all-time three-point scoring record. In November 2021, Seton Hall traveled to Ann Arbor, Michigan to play the then #4 ranked Michigan Wolverines as part of the Big East-Big10 Gavitt Games. Of note was that the game was the first time the two programs had met since the 1989 NCAA National Championship Game when Michigan beat Seton Hall by one on a controversial foul call. In the 2021 version, Seton Hall upset Michigan, making it the first time Seton Hall had won a road game against a non-conference AP top-five team in university history. They were 0-5 prior.[6]

All-time coaching recordsEdit

Name Years Record Win pct.
William Caffrey 1908–09 10–4 (.714)
Dick McDonough 1909–10 6–2 (.750)
Jim Flanagan 1910–11 4–0 (1.000)
Frank Hill 1911–30 192–75 (.719)
Dan Steinberg 1930–31 12–11 (.522)
Les Fries 1931–33 18–13 (.581)
John Colrick 1933–35 8–22 (.267)
Bob Davies 1946–47 24–3 (.889)
Jack Reitemeier 1947–49 34–12 (.739)
John Russell 1936–43
295–129 (.696)
Richard Regan 1960–70 112–131 (.461)
Bill Raftery 1970–81 154–141 (.522)
Hoddy Mahon 1981–82 11–16 (.407)
P.J. Carlesimo 1982–94 212–166 (.561)
George Blaney 1994–97 38–48 (.442)
Tommy Amaker 1997–01 68–55 (.540)
Louis Orr 2001–06 80–69 (.537)
Bobby Gonzalez 2006–10 66–59 (.528)
Kevin Willard 2010–22 225–161 (.583)


Notable players and coachesEdit

Honored and retired jerseysEdit

Seton Hall Pirates retired numbers
No. Player Position Career
3 Frank Saul G/F 1942–43, 1946–49
5 Walter Dukes C 1950–53
8 Bobby Wanzer G 1942–43, 1946–47
11 Bob Davies G 1939–42
12 Richie Regan G 1950–53
24 Terry Dehere SG 1989–93
34 Glenn Mosley PF 1973-77
44 Nick Werkman G 1961–64[7]

Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of FameEdit

Year Inducted Name Position Years at Seton Hall
1964 John "Honey" Russell Coach 1936–1943, 1949–60
1970 Bob Davies Player/Coach 1939–1942, 1946–47
1987 Bobby Wanzer Player 1942–1943, 1946–47
2017 Nick Galis Player 1975–1979

FIBA Hall of FameEdit

Year Inducted Name Years at Seton Hall
2007 Nikos Galis 1975–1979
2013 Andrew Gaze 1988–1989

Pirates in international leaguesEdit

Awards and honorsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Athletics Communications". July 10, 2016. Retrieved March 13, 2022.
  2. ^ 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide (PDF). 2009. pp. 64–65. Retrieved 2010-01-18. {{cite book}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ 2008–09 Big East Media Guide: The Record Book: The Big East in Postseason Play (All-Time) (PDF). 2008. p. 149. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-02-04. Retrieved 2009-03-03.
  4. ^ "Former Seton Hall coach arrested for shoplifting". 6 July 2010.
  5. ^ "Seton Hall announces Willard as its next coach". 29 March 2010.
  6. ^ spassner (2021-11-18). "Seton Hall upsets #4 Michigan in Ann Arbor". Big East Coast Bias. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  7. ^ 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide (PDF). 2009. p. 114. Retrieved 2010-01-18. {{cite book}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ 2008-09 2009-10 Seton Hall Men's Basketball Media Guide (PDF). 2009. p. 71. Retrieved 2010-01-18. {{cite book}}: Check |url= value (help)[permanent dead link]
  9. ^ "Myles Powell Named 2018 BIG EAST Most Improved".
  10. ^ a b "Seton Hall's Gill Named Defensive Player of the Year & Most Improved Player Creighton's Mahoney Selected for Sixth Man Award Baldwin, Mosely and Holt Share Sportsmanship Award".
  11. ^ a b Prunty, Brendan (10 March 2014). "Seton Hall's Fuquan Edwin named Big East Defensive Player of the Year". Retrieved 20 March 2014.
  12. ^ "Seton Hall's Nzei Named BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year".
  13. ^ "Seton Hall's Ike Obiagu Named Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year".

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