Family vibe unites softball team ahead of challenging new season
Feb06

Family vibe unites softball team ahead of challenging new season

An air of excitement resonates throughout head coach Paige Smith’s office as the upcoming softball season approaches. Everyone in her office is working just as hard in the build up to the first game as the players and coaches are on the field. Even at 11:30 a.m. on a Friday, players were hard at work in the batting cages below Smith’s office with a trip to Las Vegas for the 2019 Marucci Desert Classic looming. “We’re excited about...

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MLS SuperDraft faces integral flaws with player development
Jan23

MLS SuperDraft faces integral flaws with player development

The 2019 MLS SuperDraft is over, but the criticisms over its impact on the league continue to be voiced by coaches and fans. Drafting is an American tradition across all the major sports leagues, and, in the case of MLS, it is meant to serve as a link between the American audience and a global sport. However, many believe that it is time to give up on tradition for the sake of improving the league’s overall quality of play. One of the...

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Seton Hall not phased by low spot in Big East coaches’ poll
Nov07

Seton Hall not phased by low spot in Big East coaches’ poll

After losing Khadeen Carrington, Angel Delgado, Desi Rodriguez and Ismael Sanogo, it is no surprise that expectations surrounding Seton Hall are not all that high. The Pirates are young and rather inexperienced. Myles Powell returns as the only starter from last season’s NCAA Tournament team, and while Myles Cale and Sandro Mamukelashvili did see time off the bench, they will be starters for the first time in their collegiate careers...

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Thompson ready to make an impact at SHU
Nov07

Thompson ready to make an impact at SHU

It is not every day that a top-100 player out of high school lands in your lap. However, that is what happened when Taurean Thompson elected to withdraw from Syracuse to come and play for Seton Hall. After sitting out all of last season due to NCAA transfer rules, Thompson is ready to play a large role for the Pirates in 2018-19. After losing four starters this past offseason, Kevin Willard is hopeful that his new-look Pirates will...

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Starting over to get ahead: Media Day Q&A with Shadeen Samuels
Nov01

Starting over to get ahead: Media Day Q&A with Shadeen Samuels

NEW YORK – Women’s basketball forward Shadeen Samuels brought flowers to the Garden on Oct. 25. It was her first Big East Media Day, and the junior’s bubbling personality shined through at Madison Square Garden like her athleticism did inside Walsh Gymnasium last season. The versatile, 6-foot cornerstone of Tony Bozzella’s 2018-19 team was one of four players to take the train ride from South Orange to Penn Station, for the annual...

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Analytics need a more prominent place in baseball
Nov01

Analytics need a more prominent place in baseball

In today’s industry, analytics are becoming more prominent in the foundation of multiple occupations. According to LinkedIn, there are six times more Data Scientists and five times more Big Data Developer open positions than there were five years ago. In a report by IBM, the company expects Data Scientists jobs to rise 28 percent by 2020. Analytics are clearly high in demand, except for in Major League Baseball. America’s pastime,...

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Gonzalez Tate rides into the tri-colored sunset
Oct04

Gonzalez Tate rides into the tri-colored sunset

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – There is a midfielder in white and blue that bleeds green and red, with a dragon tattoo flying up her arm and a ball running off her feet. Her name is Eva Gonzalez Tate, one of three captains for the Seton Hall women’s soccer team, and one of two that will wave goodbye at the end of the month. Gonzalez Tate will graduate in May, but because of her involvement in the U-20 World Cup with Mexico during the fall of...

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Tibbling’s soccer journey leads him to the States
Oct04

Tibbling’s soccer journey leads him to the States

Growing up in Sweden, soccer has been ingrained in Seton Hall freshman forward CJ Tibbling’s blood from day one. Not only is the sport commonplace in Tibbling’s hometown of Jarna and across Europe, but at home as well. Tibbling’s father, Jerome Vgno Tibbling, played professionally for years. It was only natural that the younger Tibbling would take after his father and adopt the sport as his first love. “I’ve played my whole life,”...

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Mamukelashvili represents his country in FIBA games
Sep20

Mamukelashvili represents his country in FIBA games

While his Seton Hall teammates spent their summer in South Orange participating in team workouts, Sandro Mamukelashvili was living out a childhood dream. For the first time, Mamukelashvili was honored with the opportunity to play for his home country, Georgia, in the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup Qualifiers and the FIBA U20 European Championship. “I always dreamed of playing for Georgia,” Mamukelashvili said. “It was great. A lot of...

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Caza stands above the rest with father’s guidance
Sep12

Caza stands above the rest with father’s guidance

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Seton Hall center-back Emily Caza was raised on being more than a tackler, even if that meant being different from many of her counterparts growing up. While most players grew up playing checkers, her father helped her learn the backline equivalent of three-dimensional chess. “Often times when you’re watching a soccer game, and the center-back saves what everybody perceived was going to be an empty goal, and they...

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Seton Hall opens refueling station for student athletes
Sep06

Seton Hall opens refueling station for student athletes

This past summer, Seton Hall opened a refueling station for its student-athletes in the lower level of the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center. The station provides student-athletes with a convenient way to eat healthy between classes and practices, as they are constantly on the go from the crack of dawn. The summer was the perfect time for the refueling station project to get underway, as the department finally had the...

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Family Affair: Sheppard gets 400th win on legendary father’s 82nd birthday
Apr25

Family Affair: Sheppard gets 400th win on legendary father’s 82nd birthday

It was only fitting that senior pitcher Matt Leon was on the bump as Seton Hall recorded the final out of its Big East opener on April 13. The former walk-on helped secure the 4-3 victory that was worth more than just the Pirates’ 13th win of the season – it was coach Rob Sheppard’s 400th of his career. “It was exciting, I mean he’s put in a lot of time for us, so it’s exciting to get that for him,” Leon said. “He gave me a shot to...

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