For a record seventh time, and the second consecutive year, the Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics has captured the Northeast Conference Brenda Weare Commissioner’s Cup, announced by the conference office on June 1. The Pioneers accumulated 291.56 points, the only department to surpass the 200-point barrier.
SHU also captured a third straight, and record 10th, Joan Martin Commissioner’s Cup for excellence in women’s athletics, accumulating 138.50 points. The Pioneers placed third in the men’s cup standings with 81.06 points.
“The Commissioner’s Cup is a testament to the overall excellence of a Department of Athletics,” said Executive Director of Athletics Bobby Valentine. “Winning this honor in back-to-back years, and the women’s cup for a third straight season, is validation of the hard work and dedication of our student-athletes, coaches and administrators. This award is shared by the entire Sacred Heart community and staff, for it is with their continued support that these athletic are achievements possible.”
All 21 programs that had postseason NEC Tournaments qualified for those tournaments during the 2016-17 campaign. The Pioneers captured three postseason championships: women’s indoor track & field, women’s outdoor track & field and women’s golf. They also won two regular-season championships: women’s volleyball and women’s bowling, to finish 20 points clear of overall cup runner-up Saint Francis University. On the men’s side, baseball, cross country and indoor track & field all had runner-up finishes in their respective championships.