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O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

O, Canada: Matt Canada’s coaching journey

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

April 19, 2016

It was 5:30 in the morning in 1996. Instead of sleeping, a then 23-year-old Matt Canada was hanging a banner for the Indianapolis 500 on a bridge on 16th Street in the city. He was serving as Butler University’s quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at the time, sometimes doing odd-jobs to supple...

Joystick jocks: Competitive gaming enters new era

Joystick jocks: Competitive gaming enters new era

By Ryan Reichardt / Staff Writer

April 5, 2016

The clicking is incessant. Only the clinking of sword fights and cheers from winning players interrupt the sound, and with each tap on the mouse, the tiny, goblin-like figure on the computer screen dodges colorful explosions from circling opponents. Thousands of mouse clicks — rapid and uninterrupt...

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

Panthers fans want more at Heinz

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

March 2, 2016

As a Panthers football game begins, Pitt’s marching band ushers the team onto the field through a tunnel backdropped by a Pitt script banner. Some of the players meet atop the Pitt logo at the 50-yard line, surrounded by waving Pitt banners inside and outside the stadium. Attendees pass through a fr...

Finger making strides after icing cancer

Finger making strides after icing cancer

By Ashwini Sivaganesh / For The Pitt News

February 22, 2016

It was a late January night when pain pushed Jonathan Finger to trudge halfway up cardiac hill and walk through the UPMC Presbyterian Emergency Room entrance. The piercing pain in his abdomen had caught the 19-year-old hockey player by surprise and had become excruciating. Doctors listened to Fing...

En garde: Students find passion in fencing

En garde: Students find passion in fencing

By Meg Millure / For The Pitt News

February 17, 2016

The tall, scuffed, white walls of the racquetball court in Trees Hall echo the sounds of sophomore Gabby Simon’s immaculate footwork as she leads Pitt’s fencing club in drills. The fencers in front of Simon mimic her movement  — squatting in a position reminiscent of a ballet plié — moving backwa...

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

Sheldon on the sideline: Jeter enjoying stint as managers’ head coach

By Jeremy Tepper / Senior Staff Writer

February 8, 2016

Although he would soon get revenge against Georgia Tech, Sheldon Jeter left the Petersen Events Center defeated by the Yellow Jackets Monday night in January. Jeter, a forward on the men’s basketball team, hadn’t played a secret game against Pitt’s ACC foes. Instead, his loss came from the sideline...

Sports Business Association prepares students for work in athletics

Sports Business Association prepares students for work in athletics

By Steve Rotstein / Staff Writer

February 4, 2016

Before Melissa Mele and Kelley George decided to put a non-sports fanatic in charge of Pitt’s Sports Business Association, previous leaders couldn’t seem to keep the club itself in business. “[Mele and George] needed that outside look, that person that could tie in everything other than sports...

Brady McCollough finds story in sport

Brady McCollough finds story in sport

By Conner Blose / For The Pitt News

February 4, 2016

Well before Brady McCollough appeared on CNN to discuss his interviews with former football players, he tackled subjects a little closer to home. As an elementary school sports fanatic, McCollough was already hard at work — he made his own magazine with profiles of his favorite players and confro...

After bodybuilding career, King making impact as strength and conditioning coach

After bodybuilding career, King making impact as strength and conditioning coach

By Jessie Wallace / Staff Writer

November 11, 2015

At the Fitzgerald Field House, a former bodybuilding champion works tirelessly to groom Pitt athletes into top-tier talent. And she does a fine job of it. Kim King, the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Pitt, boasts a professional athletic career — one that transcends gend...

Snow patrol: Ski and Snowboard team ready for season in January

Snow patrol: Ski and Snowboard team ready for season in January

By Steve Rotstein / For the Pitt News

November 3, 2015

Katie Epner, a passionate downhill skier, couldn’t find the sport she wanted at Pitt, but rather than wallow in her sorrows, she went and created a club for it.   Epner is a lifelong skier who competed in races as a high school student in Rochester, New York. A senior media and professional com...

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