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Left: Derek West in 2019. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Center: Connor Perry in 2018. Thomas Yang | Senior Staff Photographer. Right: RJ Freure in 2018. TPN file photo.

Pitt minor leaguers traverse obstacles on and off the field in pursuit of MLB dreams

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor February 17, 2021
Major League Baseball’s farm system isn’t always all it’s cracked up to be. Long hours, minimal compensation — instability only amplified further during the COVID-19 pandemic. But for many former Panthers, it’s all worth it for that shot at the big leagues.
The Academic Support Services for Student Athletes program has two locations — one in the Petersen Events Center (pictured) and one at the Hearst Academic Center in the Duratz Football Complex.

Pitt Athletics academic support staff embraces new normal during pandemic

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor November 18, 2020
At the Academic Center, Pitt’s athletes can study with their teammates, work one-on-one with tutors and speak to Pitt’s student-athlete academic counselors about their degree paths.
First-year midfielder Chloe Minas.

Pitt women’s soccer’s rise boosted by Canadian talent

By Alexander Ganias, Staff Writer November 4, 2020
With six Canadian players on its roster, Pitt women’s soccer has leaned on an impressive pool of northern talent in the program’s rise under head coach Randy Waldrum.
Pitt Athletics increases political participation with ‘Voting Matters’ campaign

Pitt Athletics increases political participation with ‘Voting Matters’ campaign

By Henry Jackson, Staff Writer October 29, 2020
Pitt launched the Voting Matters campaign in an effort to register every single Pitt athlete to vote.
Dixon Veltri moved back to her hometown of Pittsburgh and joined Pitt’s women’s soccer team after transferring from University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Two Pitt athletes play for the Steel City that raised them

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
Homecoming normally presents an opportunity to travel back to one’s home to relive distant memories. But Pitt athletes Curtis Aiken Jr. and Dixon Veltri have chosen to stay in the city that raised them for their college careers.
Even though Pitt will allow some fans to watch football at Heinz Field, it’s strictly prohibiting tailgating in its lots for the rest of the season.

Oakland to Oregon: Pitt fans replicate tailgates from home

By Camryn Simons, Staff Writer October 20, 2020
With social distancing guidelines in place, Pitt fans are getting creative with their game day festivities.
Pitt football’s equipment team has had to adjust sanitation and cleaning practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Equipped to adapt: Pitt Athletics hones in on finer details of equipment care

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer October 14, 2020
Pitt football has avoided the schedule-altering COVID-19 outbreaks that have afflicted other programs so far this season, thanks in no small part to Assistant Athletic Director Derek Moos and his student staff.
Pitt’s cross country team got an early start to training on campus this season due to schedule adjustments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt cross country ready to hit the ground running

By Griffin Floyd, Staff Writer October 7, 2020
Pitt cross country received extra preparation time this fall thanks to an early arrival on campus. The team hopes that will pay off as it settles into an unusual season.
Pitt announced it won’t have any spectators in the stands for at least the first three games of the season, in compliance with Pennsylvania’s health guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Pitt football season-ticket holders prepare for a new game day experience this fall

By Alex Lehmbeck, Sports Editor September 1, 2020
Pitt football season-ticket holders have started to plan for the possibility of a season without any of the Saturday traditions they’ve grown so accustomed to.
After parting ways with former women’s soccer coach Greg Miller, Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired former Notre Dame head coach and two-time national champion Randy Waldrum.

Pitt’s marquee pair of head soccer coaches aim for new heights

By Ben Bobeck, Senior Staff Writer August 25, 2020
Pitt’s struggling men’s and women’s soccer teams landed two of the most proven head coaches in collegiate soccer to take the reigns in 2015 and 2017. The program’s rapid transformation has Pitt aiming for new heights.
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