The Sacred Heart University Department of Athletics announced today that the March 1, 2014 men's and women's basketball double-header will feature ceremonies honoring two Pioneer greats. Women's basketball alumnus Amanda Pape, Class of 2007, will be honored for her induction into the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame and long-time head men's basketball coach Dave Bike will have the court named in his honor.
The women's team is hosting Long Island University Brooklyn in an NEC contest at 1 p.m., which will be followed with the men's regular season finale versus Central Connecticut State University at 3:30 p.m. The women will honor three seniors; Enjoli Bland, Elise Lorenz, and Ericka Norman and the men will salute their two seniors; Mostafa Abdel Latif and Louis Montes, prior to the start of each game.
Pape and Bike will be honored at halftime of their respective games. Pape will be presented with her NEC Hall of Fame plaque during the women's halftime, and at halftime of the men's game, the playing floor in the Pitt Center will officially be christened 'Dave Bike Court'.
Pape led Sacred Heart to its first NEC Tournament Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2006 and a pair of NEC regular season titles in 2005-06 and 2006-07. The Pioneers compiled an 87-34 overall mark and an incredible 59-13 record in conference play in her four seasons.
Still the program's all-time leading scorer, and third in the NEC, with 2,045 career points, Pape was named the NEC Player of the Year as a junior in 2005-06. That season she set single-season school marks in scoring, free throws and steals and was also named the MVP of the NEC Tournament after a 25-point, 14-rebound performance in the title game win over Quinnipiac. Pape, who also established Sacred Heart School records for steals, field goals, free throws and scoring average, was an All-League selection in all four seasons, with first team accolades in her final three seasons, and was named NEC Rookie of the Year in 2004.
Following her senior campaign, Pape received the Connecticut Sports Writers Alliance Gold Key as the Hank O'Donnell Female Athlete of the Year. She was inducted into the Connecticut Women's Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Bike spent 35 seasons as the head men's basketball coach at Sacred Heart, ending his storied career with 530 career victories. He led the Pioneers to the 1986 NCAA Division II National Championship and was named the NABC National Coach of the Year. Bike was also at the helm of the Pioneers as they made the transition to Division I status and led Sacred Heart to the NEC Tournament in six seasons and championship game appearances in 2007 and 2008.
The second head coach in Pioneer history, Bike came to Sacred Heart in 1965 and spent two seasons as an assistant coach for Don Feely. He earned his degree as part of SHU's third graduating class and after four seasons as an assistant at Seattle University, returned as the head coach for the 1978 season.
Bike coached over 1,000 games with the Pioneers, including a run of seven straight NCAA regional championship game appearances during the 1980's. He coached Sacred Heart to five NCAA Division II Regional Championships and four New England Collegiate Conference titles. During his tenure he coached six NABC All-Americans and had three players named Regional Player of the Year.