Seton Hall University Men's Basketball Booster Club
The booster club is a private, nonprofit club dedicated to supporting men's basketball at Seton Hall University. The club is not affiliated with Seton Hall University.
Club activities usually include a preseason dinner with guest speakers including players from past teams, University officials and coaches. The club also makes a sizeable contribution to the Seton Hall radio affiliate Hall Line in memory of our founding president, Ray Lopez.
During basketball season, we travel by bus or plane to two or more away games. We've
traveled to Seattle for the Final Four, Chicago, Florida and most of the
Big East Cities. When Seton Hall is in pre or post-season play, we often travel
to tournament games to support our beloved pirates. Recent trips have included Puerto Rico, The U.S. Virgin Islands, Louisville Kentucky and Charleston, South Carolina. We stay at great hotels
and the camaraderie is something to behold. If you're a Seton Hall basketball fan, consider joining the club and traveling with us-you won't be disappointed.
Day At The Track/Picnic--The first event was our Fourth Annual Day At The Races at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 23, 2013. This well attended event was a wonderful day for the entire family and this year was no exception. We had almost 100 pirate fans and coaches attend and we were blessed with great weather. Rumor has it that some fans were lucky and even won some money! As always, there was great food, snacks, raffles and prizes, members of our coaching staff present to talk basketball and it was a great opportunity to renew friendships with Seton Hall basketball fans once again. Here are some photos of the day..
Pre-Season Dinner -- Our Annual Pre-Season Dinner was held before the Niagra game November 9, 2013, at Bella Italia Restaurant, Central Avenue, Orange, New Jersey. We had a great event at a wonderful restaurant. Our featured guest speaker was Asst. Coach Fred Hill, Jr. WSOU broadcast their pre-game show from the restaurant and and tied it in with Coach Hill and his talk. Dinner included appetizers, beer, wine and soda, salad and several entrees. We had about 75 pirate fans and it was a great opportunity to be with other Pirate fans, talk about basketball and the coming season, and meet and talk with Coach Hill. Everyone had a great time.
Coaches Vs. Cancer Doubleheader--We will have a one day bus trip to the finals of The Coaches Vs. Cancer Tournament at the Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY. The finals will be a doubleheader on Saturday, November 23, 2013 and the Booster Club has been able to purchase a block of great seats--center court, rows 11,12 and 13 for that night. Other teams participating include Michigan State, Oklahoma, and Virginia Tech. The trip includes roundtrip bus transportation from Walsh Gym, great courtside seats, and a group dinner at Two Tom's Restaurant in Brooklyn. This is a wonderful way to support our team as see some great basketball in a beautiful arena. Seats are limited and this trip will sell out quickly so sign up early. Click barclaystrip
Georgetown Game Trip--The Club has planned a great weekend trip to Washington, D.C. for the Georgetown game on January 18th. We leave from the SHU campus on Friday, January 17th at 8:30 a.m. and return on Sunday, January 19th. This is a wonderful bargain and includes two nights is the Embassy Suites Old Town Hotel, roundtrip bus including drinks, snacks and lunch on the bus Friday. Also included is sightseeing in Washington, Georgetown, Old Town Alexandria and Mount Vernon. There will be a hospitality suite both nights at the hotel and a complimentary happy hour at the hotel 5:30 - 7:30 each day, and, of course, ticket to the Georgetown game Saturday in the Verison Center at noon. Join us and support the pirates. Sign up early as this will sell out quickly. For information, check georgetown_information
Pre Game Dinner--Our annual pre game dinner will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. at Don Pepe Restaurant, right before the DePaul game. This event is always very well attended. As always, we have a great menu of appetizers, entrees, desert, wine, beer,soda and more. This year we are honoring a very special person--Bill Eyres--who was instrumental in Seton Hall joining the Big East when it was founded. Members of the coaching staff will be present to talk about basketball and how the season has been progressing. There will also be former SHU greats, raffles with great prizes and the chance to be with other pirate fans to talk basketball. For details, click pregame
Our first event for the year was our Third Annual Day At The Races at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 10, 2012. We had great weather and it was a fun day for the entire family. Some members have even won some money on the ponies!!! It was a great chance to get together with Pirate fans and enjoy a day at the track. We had a wonderful day--great food, raffles and prizes, members of the coaching staff were there to talk basketball and to discuss the coming season and it was an opportunity to renew friendships. We even had a race named for the Booster Club and in memory of our founding president, Ray Lopez. Here are some photos.
Hall of Fame Tournament The Club's first trip of the season was to the 2012 Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-OffTournament November 17th and 18th at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut. The Pirates played The University of Washington on November 17th and Rhode Island on November 18th. This was a one night trip, leaving from the SHU campus on Saturday morning, November 17th at 9:30 A.M. and returning after our game on Sunday, November 18th. This moderatley priced trip included roundtrip bus transportation, one night at the four star Avon Old Farms Hotel, premium tickets to both games, a brunch, hospitality suite at the hotel, lunch and snacks on the bus, and much, much more. We lost a close, overtime game to Washington but bounced back for an impressive victory over URI. This was a great trip and everyone had a great time.
Barclay's Center Doubleheader Our second trip of the year was a one day bus trip on Saturday, December 22nd to the brand new Barclay's Center in Brooklyn, NY. This event was a doubleheader with Seton Hall playing LIU and Manhattan playing South Carolina. We had a full bus of loyal Seton Hall fans and everyone had a great time. The trip included round trip transportation from Walsh Gym on the Seton Hall campus, lunch on the bus, a raffel and lots more. Best of all, the pirates won and that made a wonderful trip even better.
Pre Game Dinner February 16, 2013 Our annual dinner will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, February 16, 2013 from 3:30-6:30 pm, before the Syracuse game, at Don Pepe Restaurant on McCarter Highway in Newark. This is always a great time for everyone and should be even better this year in that it may be the last time Seton Hall and Syracuse square off for a long time because Syracuse is leaving the Big East. There will be wonderful food, Nick "The Quick" Werkman will be a guest speaker, members of the coaching staff as well as our Director of Athletics will be there to talk basketball, and Jerry Carino of the Courier News and Asbury Park Press and Dave Popkin will be the MC. There will also be raffles and it's a wonderful time to be with other pirate boosters and talk basketball as well as enjoy a great dinner. For information, click post_game_dinner.
Trip to Louisville Game February 22 - 25, 2013 Our second road trip of the season was to the Louisville game. This was a great trip and was enjoyed by about 35 Pirate fans. Some of the highlights included four days and three nights in Louisville at the beautiful, historic Galt House Hotel & Towers located on the Ohio River, round trip air transportation from Newark to Louisville, transportation to and from Newark Airport from Walsh Gym, transfers in Louisville, game ticket, three breakfasts, two group dinners, tours and lots, lots more. Many of our fans enjoyed a visit to the Louisville Slugger Museum located a few blocks from our hotel. The group had a wonderful time despite the Pirates loss to Louisville. The trip was memorable in many ways, but especially becasuse this was probably the last time Seton Hall will play Louisville in league play. Here are some photos of this trip.
HIGHLIGHTS FROM 2011-2012
Our first event was A Day At The Races at Monmouth Park on Sunday, June 12, 2011. This was a great opportunity to meet and socialize with members of the Booster Club and other Seton Hall fans. We had lots of fun things including a buffet dinner, raffel and several assistant coaches were there to talk basketball. Everyone had fun and a few booster club members may have won some money on the ponies!
Our Pre Season Dinner was held on Friday, Septermber 23, 2011 at The Brownstone Restaurant in Paterson, NJ. We had a great beefsteak dinner, special guests, including a member of the coaching staff who spoke at length about the team and its outlook for the coming season.. The activities included raffles and lots of discussion about the coming season. Of course there was also plenty of time to mingle with members of the Booster Club after the long summer and to discuss our favoriet topic--basketball. Everyone had a great time!
Our first trip for the 2011-2012 season was to the Charleston Classic Basketball Tournament, November 16-21. We had a great six days and five night trip for this wonderful tournament. The participating teams included Baylor, LSU, Tulsa, Virginia Commonwealth, Georgia Tech, Northwestern, St. Joseph's, Western Kentucky and, of course, Seton Hall. We saw some great basketball with Seton Hall beating Virginia Commonwealth and St. Joseph's before falling to Northwestern in the Championship Game. The trip also included sightseeing tours of Charleston and Savannah, several dinners and lots of other fun things. Here are some random photos of a fun trip. Hope you enjoy them.
Our second trip of the season was a wonderful one-day bus trip to the Providence game on Saturday, January 7, 2012. The trip included drinks, snacks and lunch on the bus as well as game ticket and a raffle on the bus. We had a full bus of Pirate fans and everyone had a wonderful time, capped off by a hard earned victory at the Dunkin Donuts Center. This was a wonderful trip and everyone had a great time. Here are some photos of our fans and players.
Our third trip of the season was an overnight trip for the Connecticut game on Saturday, February 4, 2012. We left early for the noon starting time andl stayed at the wonderful Avon Old Farms Hotel. The trip included transportation; snacks, drinks and movies on the bus; admission to Foxwoods Casino and a $10 voucher; Sunday mass in the hotel; brunch and much, much more. Although we didn't win the game, the trip was a great success and everyone had good time.
Our annual end of the season dinner was held on Saturday, February 25, 2012, at Don Pepe Restaurant right after the Rutgers game. Although we lost in overtime to Rutgers, it was Senior Night and the University and its fans sent seniors Pete Dill, Herb Pope and Jordan Theodore off with a great cheer. The dinner after the game was a wonderful event and well attended. Each year at this time the Booster Club makes a generous donation to WSOU, the University radio station at the dinner. We all enjoyed great food, guest speakers, including members of the coaching staff, recruiting talk and a chance to meet and mingle with Booster Club members. Here are some photos of the senior night activities and the dinner.
The only requirement for membership in this great organization is that you be a fan of Seton Hall menís basketball.† The annual dues are only $60.00 for the regular membership and $100 for the gold membership. Each entitles the member and immediate family living at the same residence to a reduced cost for our annual dinner and road trips as well as a souvenir. STUDENT AND YOUNG ALUMNI DISCOUNT: Students (must be 21 years old) and young alumni can join for $25.00 and will receive a small gift. Details and an application are now available by clicking application. For more information, feel free to e-mail the club at SetonHallBoosterClub@yahoo.com or any of the following officers by clicking their name. We can also be reached by going to Twitter.com/SHBoosterClub.
Thanks to Vince Auteri and his hard work, we are now publishing a newsletter to update our Booster Club members and share information about the club and its many activities. For the latest edition, please click Fall 2013 Newsletter
|Ray Lopez||President Emeritus|
|Alan Arons||V.P. Treasurer|