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Sacred Heart University is an NCAA Division I school and member of the Northeast Conference. The Pioneers are covered by media outlets throughout New England and the Tristate Area, and media members regularly interact with SHU's coaches and student-athletes. The Sacred Heart Athletic Communications office works closely with its coaches and athletes to facilitate these requests on a daily basis and in a timely fashion, and works to provide an array of media services to those who cover us.
Media services provided by the Sacred Heart Athletic Communications office include but are not limited to providing previews and game recaps for each our 32 varsity programs, compiling and providing statistics, producing detailed game programs for every Pioneer home event, generating game notes for select sports, and coordinating press conferences and interview requests. This office also creates and manages the content of Sacred Heart's official athletics website www.SacredHeartPioneers.com which provides around-the-clock coverage of our 32 varsity programs, including news, notes, player and coach bios, statistics and history, as well as up-to-date links to in-game live stats, video and audio feeds and photo galleries. The Sacred Heart Athletic Communications office also supports SHU Athletics' multiple social media outlets, providing real-time coverage, Pioneer news flashes and more.
Location: The Sacred Heart athletic communications office is located in the William H. Pitt Center suite 103, the second door on the left in the main lobby.
Website: Sacred Heart’s official athletics website, www.SacredHeartPioneers.com, provides the most up-to-date scores, news and information on all of SHU’s 32 varsity programs, as well as University club sports, NCAA compliance, and SAAC.
Policies & Procedures:
Press & Photographer Credentialing Policy: Sacred Heart University welcomes coverage of all its home sporting events from accredited writers, photographers and broadcast media outlets. All requests for working press, photo and/or broadcast credentials should be submitted to the appropriate contact within the Athletic Communications office at least 48 hours before the contest. Press and photographer media credentials will be issued to members of the working media only. Requests for the credentialing of official team photographers not associated with a specific media outlet must be made by the visiting team's sports information director without exception. Sacred Heart University reserves the right to deny any requests that do not adhere to this policy. Unless otherwise specified or requested, credentials will be left at will call and are non-transferable.
Coach & Student-Athlete Interviews: All interview requests for any member of the Sacred Heart University athletic staff or any its student-athletes must be made through the Athletic Communications office. Contact information for the SHU sports information staff is provided below. Please allow 24 hours for response to each request, though the Athletic Communications office handles each inquiry as quickly as possible. All forms of media should also provide 48 hours of advanced notice when possible for all interview requests to allow the sports information staff to arrange a time that will respect each student-athlete's academic and competition schedules. At no time will the home or cell phone number of a student-athlete be released to the media, and we ask all media outlets to respect this policy and the privacy of our athletes and coaches. In the case of telephone interview requests, the Athletic Communication staff will arrange for the student-athlete to contact the requesting media member.
Postgame Interviews: Sacred Heart University locker rooms are closed to the media. A 10-minute cooling off period will be strictly enforced, after which the SHU head coach and any requested players will be made available. Postgame interviews will be conducted outside each team's respective locker room unless otherwise designated. For all men’s and women’s basketball, and football games, a postgame press conference will be held in the theater on the lower level of the William H. Pitt Center. Requests for visiting coaches and players should be made through the opponent's sports information contact, and all requests should be made prior to the conclusion of the game.
Press Box & Sideline Access: Only credentialed members of the media, coaches, league officials and designated administrators will be allowed in the press box area. Sacred Heart adheres to a strict conduct policy, and cheering in the press area, press box or on the sideline is expressly prohibited. Photographers who wish to shoot from the sideline must request field access and must have the appropriate clearance to be permitted inside the area of competition. Photographers are required to comply with all NCAA, Northeast Conference, and Sacred Heart University polices for shooting locations. A failure to comply will result in confiscation of credentials.
Press Row Services: The Sacred Heart Athletic Communications Office will provide a game program, pregame statistics and game notes prior to each contest. A full boxscore, play-by-play, and other applicable game material will be distributed at halftime and at the end of the game.
Radio & Television: Radio and television stations wishing to broadcast Sacred Heart University home events must make arrangements with the Athletic Communications office at least two weeks prior to the requested contest. Telephone lines and power access can be supplied by the University, provided the requested notice is given. We request that radio stations call into the provided phone line or that all calls be made either on a collect or calling card basis.