10.13.11

"Annie's Angels" Launched to Support SHU Women's Basketball



A grass-roots movement has been launched to support the Seton Hall women’s basketball program. The effort is dubbed Annie’s Angels in deference to Anne Donovan, who begins her second season as head coach of the Lady Pirates.

It’s the brainchild of brother Charles R. “Chuck” Guariglia ’64, who unveiled the effort at the PKT Alumni and Friends luncheon last Friday. Coach Donovan was guest speaker at the event, sponsored by The Setonian Foundation and the Rotary Club of Long Branch.

The primary goal of Annie’s Angels is to boost attendance at all 15 home games in Walsh Gym (schedule attached). Last season, SHU ranked next to last in the BIG EAST, with 521 attendees. Only Providence had a worse record (480). Yet, two other Catholic college counterparts were able to attract large crowds: St. John’s (1,900) and Villanova (1,000).

To participate, all you have to do is commit to attend 3-5 home games to show support for the team. In return, you will receive: a biweekly team progress/recruitment report from Coach Donovan (monthly in the off-season); ticket/restaurant discounts; and an invitation to a post-season Team Party. To join, contact Guariglia at guarigliac@yahoo.com.

"Our women’s basketball team plays in the toughest league and deserves the support of Pirates fans as Coach Donovan works to rebuild the program," said Guariglia. "There are nine afternoon games, so bring the kids and get post-game autographs and a photo with the players and coaches. You can even bring a box lunch to the game."

Tickets are reasonably priced at $10/adult and $5/child. Season tickets cost just $45. For tickets, contact the Ticket Office at (973) 275-4255 or via email at tickets@shu.edu.

While independent, Annie’s Angels enjoys the cooperation of Seton Hall Athletics and the Pirate Blue Athletic Fund. Let’s show our support for Anne Donovan and the Lady Pirates.