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Emily Boissonneault is Pitt’s first-ever head lacrosse coach.

‘Didn’t hesitate’: Boissonneault embraces challenge of building Pitt lacrosse program

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor January 12, 2022
Emily Boissonneault held a steady, stable assistant coaching position with the James Madison lacrosse program for four years — a team that regularly competes in the National Championship. But when Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke called to offer Boissonneault the job as the Panthers’ first-ever lacrosse coach, she didn’t think twice.
The Pitt cheer and dance team performs on the sidelines of the Pitt vs. UNC game in November.

‘Wouldn’t trade it for anything’: Pitt cheer and dance team members talk gameday experience

By Jermaine Sykes, Staff Writer December 1, 2021
After not being on the field last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the cheer and dance teams returned to cheer on one of Pitt’s most successful football teams in the last 40 years. Members of the team enjoy their experiences as part of gameday.
John Hugley (23) looks to pass the ball at the Pitt men’s basketball practice on Sept. 30.

Lofty expectations await Hugley upon return to men’s basketball

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor November 4, 2021
A past problem offset the progress he had made and adversely affected the team’s success. But with a full offseason under his belt and a clean slate upon which to work, Hugley is preparing to affirm the belief that teammates and coaches have always held during his sophomore campaign.
Pitt’s Rodrigo Almeida prepares to kick the ball at a game against the University of Massachusetts at Ambrose Urbanic Field on Monday.

From Brazil to Pittsburgh, Rodrigo Almeida embodies Pitt’s vision of a soccer program

By Zack Gibney, Senior Staff Writer October 28, 2021
A native of Salvador, Brazil, Almeida picked up soccer at a young age. The game was a part of Almieda’s life in his youth and he grew to love it more as he got older.
De’Jovia Davis, a senior urban studies major, is a 2021 Homecoming Spirit of Pitt award recipient, Pathfinder, First Year Mentor, assistant drum major and the head student manager of the women’s basketball team.

De’Jovia Davis leads in all corners of campus life

By Stephen Thompson, Sports Editor October 19, 2021
It’s hard to be at Pitt — whether as a prospective student or head coach of the women’s basketball team — and not cross paths with De’Jovia Davis, a senior urban studies major known to friends as Jovi.
Standing at just 5-foot-9, Marquis Williams (14) has the odds stacked against him as a defensive back. But he doesn’t let that impact his attitude, claiming he makes up for his lack of size through his “lion heart.”

Marquis Williams sets himself apart with a ‘lion heart’

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 21, 2021
Standing at just 5-foot-9, the odds were stacked against Marquis Williams as a defensive back. But he doesn’t let that impact his attitude — claiming he makes up for his lack of size with his “lion heart.”
Seventh-year John Petrishen left Pittsburgh to pursue a career as safety at Penn State. But Petrishen, pictured on the left, came home to Pitt, this time as a linebacker.

After transferring and changing positions, John Petrishen sets out to prove himself right

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor September 7, 2021
After a true rollercoaster of a college football career, Petrishen looked into the sea of blue and gold at Heinz Field and felt vindicated.
Tre Tipton’s battles extend well beyond the football field — the seventh-year Panthers wide receiver wrestled with anxiety and depression for nearly his whole life.

‘How’s everybody doing?’: Tre Tipton works to end mental health stigma for athletes

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor August 31, 2021
Redshirt senior wide receiver Tre Tipton, gleaming with sweat, sauntered toward reporters assembled on the outskirts of Pitt’s practice field. The seventh-year wide receiver started his Q&A differently than most other players — he was the one asking a question when he got to the microphone.
From sleeping in his junior college’s stadium press box to being one of the most well-respected young assistant coaches in the nation, Brennan Marion is ready to lead the wide receivers in his inaugural campaign with the Panthers.

After taking detour from his NFL dreams, Brennan Marion is back home to lead Pitt’s receivers

By Dalton Coppola, Assistant Sports Editor August 24, 2021
Although the position with Pitt is a job Marion coveted since entering the coaching profession, it took a couple of detours from his original goal to get here.
Gilbert Brown, the headband-wearing Pitt basketball folk hero, is returning to the program in a new role. As director of player and alumni development, Brown will look to preserve and embrace the traditions Pitt was built upon.

Gilbert Brown ready to embrace tradition in new role

By Kyle Saxon, Senior Staff Writer August 20, 2021
Brown’s duties will be made easier by the trust and respect that Pitt’s prominent alumni already have for Capel. The next step for Capel and Brown will be to build that same trust with the squad’s current roster.
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