Seton Hall Athletics facilities have been transformed over the last 10 years to give student-athletes what they need for intercollegiate competition at the highest level while they enjoy an enhanced experience that prepares them for life after graduation.
From weight training and rehabilitation to academic support and mental wellness to sport-specific instruction, students have a wealth of resources helping them succeed today and preparing them to become great leaders on and off the field.
Developing the “complete student-athlete” is a priority. A successful athletics department helps raise Seton Hall’s national profile, attract bright students, and build school spirit and comradery among the University community and alumni.
Investment in athletics facilities to date has paid significant dividends. Seton Hall student-athletes have captured 10 team and 73 individual BIG EAST Championships and boast a department record-high 3.506 cumulative GPA, which is up from 3.251 in 2013.
CENTER FOR SPORTS MEDICINE
Opened August 2013
The Center for Sports Medicine provides on-campus medical care to student-athletes by a dedicated athletic training staff. The Hydrotherapy Room features three 14-foot in-ground Hydro Worx tubs for rehabilitation and recovery. One is a “Polar Plunge” for cold therapy, and one is a “Thermal Plunge” for heat therapy. The third tub includes an underwater treadmill with variable water depths and a video system to monitor progress both above and beneath the water.
CHARLES W. DOEHLER ACADEMIC CENTER
Opened November 2013
Named for Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Famer Charles Doehler ’56, the renovated area includes two meeting rooms, two tutoring areas, study lounges, and offices for academic support staff and the director of student-athlete development. Plaques honoring Seton Hall athletic and academic award winners are hung along the center’s corridors.
Opened January 2014
The 12,000-square-foot fitness center is in a new space following expansion of the Athletic Center. The two-tier facility boasts men’s and women’s locker rooms, dual dedicated cardio stations as well as an array of circuit and free-weight training options. The space is encased by a sleek glass façade that provides a campus view and natural lighting that serves the modern look, feel and functionality of the space. More than a simple relocation or redesign, the fitness center has been lined with a fleet of cutting-edge fitness equipment that helps meet the demands of the University community and offers a better workout experience. Each cardio apparatus has a high-definition screen to watch live television or interactive fitness programs, or to connect to a mobile device. Two dance studios host an expanded program of organized fitness courses.
CAMPUS TENNIS COURTS
Renovated Summer 2015
The Campus Courts at Ivy Hill Park now serve as the home for Pirates women’s tennis. The four courts were rebuilt with a new playing surface and coating, fences, nets and trash receptacles, and also feature new lights.
Opened Fall 2015
An indoor practice facility for the men’s and women’s golf teams is located on the top floor of the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center. The 2,760-square-foot golf lab features hitting stalls with portable simulator and projection screens. The lab includes multiple fringe and chipping areas with different rough lengths, an uphill chipping area, a putting lab and a simulated sand trap.
VARSITY LOCKER ROOMS
Opened January 2015
Seton Hall Athletics varsity locker rooms now provide a personal locker for each student-athlete in 5,061 square feet of space. Each locker room features a high-definition smart television, a hard-wired, surround-sound Bluetooth audio system, and wireless Internet access.
VARSITY WEIGHT ROOM
Opened March 2015
The renovated varsity weight room, located in the basement of the Athletics Center, has tripled in size, with 7,525 square feet spread out over four rooms. The facility features free weights, platforms, benches and cardio equipment, and is large enough to accommodate multiple teams at once without interrupting instruction. The room also houses the strength and conditioning staff offices.
VARSITY FILM ROOM
Opened March 2015
The amphitheater-style varsity film room is equipped with new projection and surround-sound technology and 36 custom leather seats. Teams gather here to learn from watching game films of themselves and their opponents, and also have team meetings and listen to guest speakers here.
REGAN CENTER and HALL OF FAME RENOVATION
Opened March 2015
The Seton Hall Athletics Hall of Fame features an interactive presentation of its more than 220 members, as well as an exhibit dedicated to the teams that have won BIG EAST championships. Display panels honor All-Americans, legendary coaches and high-profile moments in the department’s history, as well as recent trophies. The renovation included new administrative offices and a new recreation center check-in desk.
Renovated Summer 2017
The Seton Hall Athletics Batting Cage provides an indoor space for the baseball and softball teams to conduct hitting drills, and is located near the team offices.
Opened August 2018
The Pirates Refueling Station opened with a new focus on student-athlete nutrition. Located within the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center, it offers snacks and beverages after practices and workouts, and is serviced by Gourmet Dining Services. The space also hosts teams for pregame meals.
MIKE SHEPPARD SR. STADIUM at OWEN T. CARROLL FIELD
Opened March 2020
Owen T. Carroll Field saw a major renovation when the baseball side was named Mike Sheppard Sr. Stadium. The fan areas on both the baseball and soccer sides were revamped with new chair-back seating, and permanent handicap-accessible restrooms were built in both sections. An enclosed press box enabled improved stadium technology and TV/radio broadcasts. The playing surface turf was replaced and baseball dugouts were set below grade, similar to those in a professional stadium. The facility now has a much greater “stadium” feel. A stone façade encloses all seating areas, and Seton Hall’s logos and branding are highly visible.
WALSH GYM RENOVATION
Opened Fall 2021
Historic Walsh Gym’s renovation included replacing the old wooden seats with high-end blue plastic ones and replacing the court-level bleachers with chairbacks. A new hardwood court was enhanced with a center-hung scoreboard, videoboard panels and
a new sound system. Portable baskets were replaced with permanent ones hung from the ceiling.
Opened August 2022
The Athlete Recovery Room is outfitted with six zero gravity massage chairs used with intermittent leg compression units, as well as two full-body massage chairs that promote muscle regeneration and post-recovery training. Student-athletes are given a one-year subscription to the Headspace app to promote meditation, sleep, mindfulness and stress management — made possible through a partnership with Seton Hall University’s Great Minds Dare to Care initiative, which supports student mental health.
NEW BASKETBALL PRACTICE FACILITY |Now in Development
The final phase of Seton Hall Athletics’ facility improvements is the construction of a basketball practice center on the southeast corner of the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center. This state-of-the-art facility will enable the program to continue recruiting the world’s best student-athletes, keeping it on par with its BIG EAST peers, optimizing competitiveness through modern training resources and helping elevate the University’s national and international profile while it strengthens overall Pirate Pride and alumni affinity.
Over the last 10 years, the men’s basketball program has won two BIG EAST championships and reached the NCAA Tournament five times with individual player accolades that solidified the program’s reputation as a basketball powerhouse. The new practice facility will include a full court, two half courts and a dedicated free-throw basket. It will include a strength and conditioning area and sports medicine room that will let student-athletes grow stronger and recover faster. It also will include a modern locker room, a player lounge, coaches offices and a film room, provide instruction and care in the same place.
The construction of the new basketball practice facility also will free up space within the Richie Regan Recreation and Athletic Center as well as Walsh Gymnasium for new and renovated women’s basketball program offices, including a new locker room, a new film room and a player lounge. (The program also benefited from the 2021 renovation of Walsh Gymnasium.)