Varsity (V), Intramurals (I) & Club Sports (CS) Offered
At Sacred Heart University our athletics programs, be they varsity, club sports or intramural sports, are about more than just competition and winning. Our programs are built on a longstanding tradition of helping our student-athletes realize their potential, strengthen their character and empower their minds while developing self-confidence and valuable leadership skills.
Our athletic programs are predicated on the philosophy that success in the classroom and positive participation in the greater University community will lead to success on the athletic field. You have the opportunity to compete against some of the most competitive National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institutions in the nation to develop these valuable life skills. As a full member of the Northeast Conference (NEC), an associate member of Atlantic Hockey (AH) and an associate member of the MAAC conference for field hockey and rowing, our teams take the field, court and ice against top-flight national and regional schools. Visit the Official Pioneer Athletics Site for news, scores, schedules and to access live event webcasts.
The Department of Athletics has undergone tremendous growth over the years and now fields 32 Division I varsity teams, including 18 women’s programs and 13 men’s programs. Sacred Heart University is one of only a small handful of schools across the country to offer such a diverse assortment of NCAA athletic programs. Sacred Heart University made a major commitment to its athletics programs, bringing them in line with its top-flight academic and service programs, when it elevated the varsity programs to the NCAA Division I level in September 1999.
There are currently 29 club sports offered at Sacred Heart University. Competing against other schools, these competitive club teams give you the opportunity to make new friends while improving your athletic ability or learning a new sport at our east coast college. Visit the Club Sports website to learn more.
Intramural Sports are open to all full-time students and staff and provides leagues, tournaments, fitness classes and open gym throughout the year. Visit the Intramural Sports website for events, schedules and results.
William H. Pitt Health & Recreation Center
The $17.5 million William H. Pitt Health and Recreation Center features a 2,300-seat arena, four basketball courts, state-of-the-art fitness center, aerobics and fencing room, varsity wrestling room, and much more. You will also enjoy our $1.3 million Spinturf athletic field, eight-lane outdoor running track and three superior Deco II tennis courts.
Additionally, our proximity to New York and Boston for professional sports outings – and prime New England location for seasonal recreation from boating to skiing – makes SHU the right place to stay active year-round.
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