SHU to name Pitt Center court after Dave Bike

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FAIRFIELD – Sacred Heart University is planning to recognize former head coach Dave Bike by naming the basketball court at the Pitt Center “Dave Bike Court” in his honor.
The ceremony will take place at halftime of the March 1 game against Central Connecticut. Game time is slated for 3:30 p.m.
In addition, former SHU women’s basketball standout Amanda Pape, will be honored for her recent induction into the northeast Conference Hall of Fame. Pape will also be honored at halftime on March 1 when the Pioneers face LIU-Brooklyn at 1.
Bike retired on May 30, 2013 after 35 seasons, winning 529 games. In 1986, Sacred Heart defeated Southeast Missouri State 93-87 to win the NCAA Division II championship, finishing with a 30-4 record.
“It’s going to be great. It’s going to be tremendous,” said SHU head coach Anthony Latina, who took over for Bike this season. “Coach is a legend. He was a great coach. He did so much for this program and this university but he’s even a better person. I’m so happy for coach Bike, for his family. To say its well-deserved is an understatement. He’s one of the best human beings you’re ever going to meet.”
Bike grew up in Bridgeport on Bradley Street, becoming one of the city’s greatest athletes. In 1958, at age 11, he was part of the Bridgeport team that won the Biddy National Basketball Championship. At 14, he played on Bridgeport’s PONY League baseball team in the World Series and at 16, Bike was the catcher for the Bridgeport Colt League team that reached the sectional finals.
At Notre Dame High School, Bike averaged 24 points a game in basketball and hit .402 in baseball as the Lancers reached the state championship game in both sports. He spent eight seasons as a catcher in the Detroit Tigers organization, climbing as high as Class AAA Toledo.
After four years of working as an assistant basketball coach at Seattle University, Bike returned to Connecticut in 1976 and started a five-decade career at Sacred Heart.
“I’ve known him as a legend,” said SHU athletic director Bobby Valentine when Bike announced his retirement last May. “He’s been a man of class and dignity and someone to respect and acknowledge for a job well done. He’s represented the university in the finest fashion. I don’t know if there are other accolades because words really can’t describe what someone does for an institution and a community for 35 years.”
Pape led Sacred Heart to its first Northeast Conference tournament championship and NCAA tournament appearance in 2006 and helped the Pioneers win two 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.
Pape is the program’s all-time leading scorer with 2,045 career points. She also set school records for steals, field goals, free throws and scoring average, was a three-time All-NEC first-team selection and was the conference’s Rookie of the Year in 2004.

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