Brian Custer: the man behind the streak
Sep28

Brian Custer: the man behind the streak

Villanova coach Jay Wright told him to stay out of the arena when the Wildcats face Seton Hall. Providence coach Ed Cooley just has to see him to know that the Friars have no chance against the Pirates.  No, it’s not Myles Powell, Sandro Mamukelashvili or Kevin Willard. He is Fox Sports broadcaster Brian Custer. Custer has called Big East basketball games for Fox Sports since 2014, and that run includes a fair share of Seton Hall...

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Player storylines to follow for women’s basketball team this season
Sep25

Player storylines to follow for women’s basketball team this season

Senior send-off Desiree Elmore and Jasmine Smith may not have started their college basketball careers as Pirates, but they enter their senior years with a chance to leave a lasting mark. Elmore comes into this season on 702 career points for the Pirates—the 47th all-time in program history—and could become the 23rd member of the 1,000-point club by the end of it. She was immense for the Pirates in the paint last season, averaging 13...

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How Desiree Elmore is ringing in her senior year of Seton Hall basketball
Sep25

How Desiree Elmore is ringing in her senior year of Seton Hall basketball

The Big East announced that women’s basketball will be played in a tournament-style start in 2021 at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut.  Senior Desiree Elmore said she is more than excited to get back to playing, especially because this arena is where she spent her high school years playing basketball. Elmore is facing new responsibilities as a leader this season but said she has no doubt the team will succeed as...

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Tennis finds bright spots in empty fall season
Sep23

Tennis finds bright spots in empty fall season

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every walk of life in 2020. It has been more than six months since sports shut down in the United States, and college sports are still feeling the impact. On Aug. 12, the Big East Conference announced the postponement of all 2020 fall sports with hopes to play in the spring. This means that for now, Seton Hall fall sports will have to deal with an elongated training period throughout the fall rather...

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Player storylines to follow for men’s basketball team this season
Sep23

Player storylines to follow for men’s basketball team this season

The Last Dance After the pandemic-shortened season—and the losses of Myles Powell, Quincy McKnight and Romaro Gill to graduation—Myles Cale, Sandro Mamukelashvili and Shavar Reynolds Jr. returned to South Orange for potentially one last go at the Big East title with Seton Hall during this unprecedented time in sports. Photos by Jillian Cancela Mamukelashvili’s decision to return instead of  entering the NBA Draft was a massive...

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Seton Hall basketball players discuss current racial climate on NAACP panel
Sep23

Seton Hall basketball players discuss current racial climate on NAACP panel

This year has been marked by uproar and protests after the killing of numerous unarmed Black Americans, including Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. The debate over what must be done to combat injustice and racism has raged across all segments of society—including sports.  And members of Seton Hall’s men’s basketball team have not hesitated to make their voices heard. Four members of the team—Sandro Mamukelashvili, Myles Cale,...

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Volleyball deals with emotional challenges of COVID-19 training
Sep18

Volleyball deals with emotional challenges of COVID-19 training

As fall sports in the Big East remain postponed, women’s volleyball head coach Allison Yaeger and senior middle blocker Amanda Rachwal broke down how the team has been training and getting ready to play a spring season under the COVID-19 guidelines. “It’s very different,” Yaeger said. “The girls wear masks when we train, and at times, we are conditioning. I think it’s hard and I can’t imagine being in their position having to train as...

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Seton Hall golf teams adapt to new normal
Sep17

Seton Hall golf teams adapt to new normal

Seton Hall student-athletes received crushing news in mid-August when the Big East announced the cancellation of all fall sports due to COVID-19. Despite the lack of sports, almost all Pirates sports teams have continued training — albeit in a bizarre new normal. The women’s and men’s golf teams have done so in different ways. The men’s team continues to practice as a team but has encountered difficulty in finding tee times due to an...

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COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges for soccer’s return to training
Sep16

COVID-19 pandemic poses new challenges for soccer’s return to training

The sports world changed drastically after the initial spread of COVID-19 in March. Since then, professional sports leagues have shifted to playing in empty stadiums and college athletics programs have postponed all fall sports—including the Big East. However, student-athletes returned to Seton Hall in early August to continue training with their teams prior to the conference-wide postponement of fall sports. For the men’s and women’s...

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New SAAC e-board looks forward to successful, albeit strange, year
Sep14

New SAAC e-board looks forward to successful, albeit strange, year

By Matt Collins The Seton Hall athletic department announced its newly elected 2020-21 Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) executive board via Twitter on Aug. 28.  Mike Esposito of the baseball team was elected president after serving as the committee’s chief of staff last year. Vice President Lizzie Win of women’s golf, Chief of Staff Jonathan Luders of baseball and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Rep. Emily Hernandez of...

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Adjusted regiments and new faces adapt to new swimming and diving atmosphere
Sep11

Adjusted regiments and new faces adapt to new swimming and diving atmosphere

“There is, logistically, a lot of changes.” Although swimming and diving head coach Derek Sapp is describing the recent adjustments he and his men’s and women’s programs have had to make, this is the lifestyle everyone is living under COVID-19: adapting to an everchanging, unknown world on the fly. Despite the inability to meet in person as a team since March, Sapp and his student-athletes have had to adjust to training and...

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Women’s soccer adds Alex Mendolia as new assistant coach amid pandemic
Sep10

Women’s soccer adds Alex Mendolia as new assistant coach amid pandemic

In addition to Seton Hall recruiting eight new members to the women’s soccer team this year, Alex Mendolia will join the Pirates staff as the new assistant coach alongside head coach Ciara Crinion. Mendolia is an experienced and seasoned asset to the team who has knowledge as a player and coach, recently spending 2019 as the top assistant for Sky Blue FC of the National Women’s Soccer League.  “I was looking for a professional...

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