St. Peter's Team Gets Standing O At Former Coach Shaheen Holloway's Intro Presser At Seton Hall
St. Peter's Basketball Team Gets Standing O At Seton Hall Univ. ... Shaheen Holloway Intro Presser
3/31/2022 12:37 PM PT
This will give you the feels ... NCAA tourney breakout star Shaheen Holloway, now former coach of St. Peter's, got some unexpected support during his introductory press conference at Seton Hall University -- his entire former team showed up to cheer on their coach.
And, in what was a really special moment, Sha asked the crowd at Walsh Gymnasium on SHU's campus in South Orange, NJ to give the players a round of applause, and the pumped-up crowd obliged.
In an incredible classy move @CoachSha10 introduces the entire @PeacocksMBB to the crowd at Seton Hall University during his introductory press conference - and they receive a standing ovation! So much love in this hire and in this building @SetonHallMBB ! pic.twitter.com/pUT2qUyI0p— Bruce Beck (@BruceBeck4NY) March 31, 2022 @BruceBeck4NY
"First, I wouldn't be up there if it wasn't for those fifteen young men right there," Shaheen said, alluding to his St. Peter's players who were in the crowd.
The crowd cheered ... just not loud enough.
"Pirate Nation we can do better than that. Pirate Nation, those fifteen young men right there, stand up. Get up!"
Of course, 45-year-old Holloway led 15-seeded St. Peters, a small private school from Jersey City, NJ, with little funding, and unheralded players, to a win over the mighty Kentucky Wildcats in the first round of March Madness.
But, that wasn't all ... the Peacocks went on to beat 7-seed Murray State in the 2nd round, before toppling 3-seed Purdue, sending them to the Elite 8.
Shaheen Holloway opened his Seton Hall introductory press conference requesting a standing ovation for Saint Peter’s players.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) March 31, 2022 @GarrettStepien
And then again: “Hold on. Pirate nation, we can do it better than that. Pirate nation, those 15 young men right there, stand up. Get up.”
What a moment. pic.twitter.com/m4Idn26Xh2
Purdue has Jaden Ivey who many experts believe will be the first pick in the NBA Draft in a few months ... but the Peacocks held the stud guard to just 9 points, forcing 6 turnovers.
Unfortunately for Sha and the players, the magic ran out against UNC ... and St. Peters was sent home.
However, it was one of the most improbable and inspiring runs in sports history ... so when Holloway was hired by his alma mater, Seton Hall -- his dream job -- the players he just led clearly wanted to show their leader support.
Back in the late '90s, Holloway was a star at SHU. He spent 4 seasons with the Pirates where he averaged 14 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds.
The Pirates coaching gig opened up when traitor Kevin Willard (we kid), who was at the helm for 12 seasons and led SH to 5 tourney appearances (would've been 6 if the NCAA Tourney wasn't canceled over COVID in 2020).
Before getting hired as the head guy in Jersey City, Sha was an assistant coach under Willard. He only left when the opportunity to become a head coach became a reality.
For many at Seton Hall, and for Holloway, the plan was always for him to come home.
Now he's there ... and the Seton Hall faithful hope he brought some of that March magic to the campus in South Orange.