Sacred Heart University and the Athletic Department were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of former men's basketball player Chauncey Hardy on Sunday. Hardy died as a result of injuries suffered in an altercation overseas in Romania where he was playing professional basketball.
"This is a terrible tragedy and we are saddened as a University and as a basketball program," remarked Head Men's Basketball Coach Dave Bike. "This is not just about a basketball player, but the person as well. It transcends what happens on a basketball court. We feel tremendous sadness and loss for Chauncey's family and those who were close to him."
Hardy was a member of the Sacred Heart men's basketball program from 2006 through 2010. He appeared in 114 games over his four-year career and helped lead the Pioneers to back-to-back appearances in the Northeast Conference Championship game in 2007 and 2008. He finished his career with 1,247 career points, and averaged 11.0 per game over his career. Hardy was a career 41.0% three-point shooter, making 174 of 424 from behind the arc.
During his freshman season, Hardy twice was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week while finishing third on the team in scoring averaging 10.6 points per game. He shot 43.8% from three and dished 82 assists in helping SHU to an 18-14 record and a trip to the NEC title game against Central Connecticut State University. His sophomore season, he started all 32 games and averaged 10.1 points with 93 assists and 48 steals for the Pioneers who posted another 18 win season on the way to hosting the NEC Championship game against Mount St. Mary's. Hardy had his best scoring season as a junior, averaging 11.3 points with 101 assists helping lead SHU to the playoffs for the third-straight season. During his senior season, Hardy became the 29th player in school history to reach 1,000 points for his career. He finished the year averaging 12.5 ppg.
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a fine young man who had his life cut short at such a young age while he was overseas doing something he loved," stated C. Donald Cook, Executive Director of Athletics.
Hardy was playing professional basketball and was a member of CSS Giurgiu in southern Romania.