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Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

Heather Lyke was hired as Pitt's athletic director in March 2017 and wasted no time building her team. (Photo by Jordan Mondell | Senior Staff Photographer)

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2017

When Scott Barnes resigned as athletic director last December, the Pitt athletic department was left without a leader for the second time in two years. Over the next five months, three head coaches had either retired or been fired, and the basketball program was in shambles. Things were looking down...

Lyke a pro: Pitt’s newest AD brings experience and enthusiasm

Heather Lyke was appointed as Pitt's athletic director earlier this year. Jordan Mondell | Contributing Editor

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 30, 2017

Athletics are in Heather Lyke’s DNA. She never turned down the chance to play any sport while she was growing up. But it took two degrees — one in education, the other in law — for her to decide it was the athletic world she should remain in. Lyke is Pitt’s newest athletic director — the...

Pitt looks for new athletic director to inherit evolving position

By Kevin Wheeler / Staff Writer

April 16, 2015

With a new athletic director on the way, Pitt’s athletic department could be in for a makeover.The search to find the new leader of the athletic department began in December 2014, when Steve Pederson agreed to part ways with Pitt.According to Randy Juhl, Pitt’s interim athletic director, the Uni...

Acting athletic director talks replacement, future plans

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 25, 2015

By the time Pitt students take their final exams this semester, they may have a new athletic director.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor for research conduct and compliance, has served as acting athletic director since former athletic director Steve Pederson and Pitt mutually agreed to part ways on ...

Pitt announces athletic director search committee

By Chris Puzia / Sports Editor

February 10, 2015

Pitt Chancellor Patrick Gallagher has appointed a 14-member search committee to recommend candidates to become the school’s next athletic director, according to a release on Tuesday.Dr. Randy Juhl, Pitt’s vice chancellor and current acting athletic director, will chair the committee. Pitt also brough...

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