Men’s basketball: Bringing the world to SHU and SHU to the world.

As Seton Hill University’s (SHU) Men’s Basketball embarks on its third season, they are stronger than ever.
Head Coach Tony Morocco is proud of his team and their hard work. He accredits much of the team’s success to the cooperation of the administration here at SHU, and also from �many people virtually from all over the world.�


By Caroline Jones,
Contributor
As Seton Hill University’s (SHU) Men’s Basketball embarks on its third season, they are stronger than ever.
Head Coach Tony Morocco is proud of his team and their hard work. He accredits much of the team’s success to the cooperation of the administration here at SHU, and also from �many people virtually from all over the world.�
As men’s basketball continues to grow, so does the school’s diversity and recognition. With athletes from countries such as Macedonia, Serbia, Puerto Rico and Croatia and also from within the United States from New Jersey, California, Texas, Maine, Virginia, Maryland and Connecticut, the team’s diversity draws attention to SHU.
According to Morocco, �With the kids we�ve had and have now, we�re like bringing the world together, feeding off each other’s strong points culturally, intellectually and athletically.�
The season has started off with a 3-1 record. The team’s overall record for the past two years is a respectable 40-16 which Morocco and the team are very proud of.
As the team is, in what Morocco calls the �toughest NAIA league in the country,� they have set up their schedule to play tough teams–including last year’s national champion, a Final Four team and a few NCAA Division II schools. He and assistant coaches Joe Gearde, Mike Katic, Bernie Matthews and Jack Loya believe that playing such tough teams will help the team with all aspects of their game.
Senior guard, Brandon Chaison from Houston, Texas, said, �I expect us to go to the national tournament as long as we come together as a team and play better defense.�
As SHU continues to grow in numbers and diversity, the men’s basketball team is a strong part of these changes.
�A lot of people in the athletic community, not just Western Pennsylvania, have begun to recognize us as a university because of our basketball program,� said Morocco.
Although the basketball team’s roster shows the most diversity gaining recognition, Morocco said, �I believe the rest of the athletics have allowed even more people to understand who we are, where we are and why they should be part of Seton Hill in the future.�
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