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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...

ICYMI: Summer sports timeline

Head Football Coach Pat Narduzzi enters his third season with the Panthers. (TPN file photo)

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 22, 2017

April 28 - Football head coach Pat Narduzzi dismisses senior defensive tackle Jeremiah Taleni for disciplinary reasons. April 28-29 - Five Panthers are selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, including James Conner, who the Steelers picked in round three. May 2 - Gymnastics head coach Debbie Yohman ret...

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke. (TPN File photo)

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke has hired another administrator from Eastern Michigan, announcing Kelly Brennan as Executive Director for Strategic Initiatives and Engagement Friday. Brennan is the third upper administrator to leave EMU for Pitt since Lyke’s arrival in March, joining Christi...

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 hires Christian Spears as deputy director of athletics

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke previously worked with Spears at Eastern Michigan University. John Hamilton | Editor-in-Chief

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 12, 2017

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke named Christian Spears as the deputy director of athletics for external affairs Wednesday. Spears previously worked under Lyke for three years at Eastern Michigan University as deputy director. He has served as the interim athletic director at the school since Lyk...

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