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Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

Mike Bell named new Pitt baseball head coach

By Hannah Schneider, Sports Editor

July 14, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Former associate head coach at Florida State Mike Bell will take over as head coach of Pitt Baseball.

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

Joe Jordano resigns as baseball coach

By Hannah Schneider and Joanna Li | The Pitt News Staff

June 21, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Joe Jordano resigned as head coach of Pitt’s baseball team Thursday night, according to a report from the Post-Gazette. An official announcement released by the University Friday afternoon confirmed his resignation. “I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, pas...

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

A new path for champions: Lyke discusses renovations, new hires, athletic culture

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

As Pitt’s highly anticipated McCarl Hall of Champions is under construction, Panther fans can expect the changes to continue — Pitt’s athletic innovation will extend up “cardiac hill” to all athletic facilities. In a question and answer roundtable discussion between Pitt athletic direct...

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

Column: Lyke is what Pitt Athletics needs for steady success

By Colin Martin | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports Columns

The best way to build a strong athletic program involves consistency and a direction. It’s very difficult for schools to form their own identity with constantly changing leadership as Pitt has experienced over the past decade with seven different head football coaches. But Pitt now officially has...

Future ACC Studio offers opportunities for Pitt students

Future ACC Studio offers opportunities for Pitt students

By Stephen Cuddy | Staff Writer

May 30, 2018


Filed under Sports

After claiming two conference championships, hiring new basketball coaches and entering the 2018-19 season with a promising young quarterback, Pitt Athletics seem to be entering a period of success. Further proof of that success is is the promise of a new media studio and the projected August 2019 ...

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

Lyke announces first class in Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame

By Hannah Schneider | Sports Editor

May 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

After sorting through more than 300 nominations, it should come as no surprise that the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee chose Panther Football stars Tony Dorsett, Dan Marino and Mike Ditka as inaugural members of Pitt’s Athletics Hall of Fame. Some of the inductees — like class of 191...

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

Pitt extends contract with Athletic Director Heather Lyke

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 1, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced last week a six-year extension to Athletic Director Heather Lyke’s contract. Lyke was hired in March 2017 to replace Scott Barnes — and she had a busy first year. “I am grateful to Chancellor Gallagher and our Board of Trustees for their belief in me, our team a...

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

Randy Waldrum brings change, experience to Pitt women’s soccer

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 3, 2018


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Sports Features

For a team that won just three games last year, hiring one of the most successful women’s soccer coaches in the country might seem unlikely. But that’s just what athletic director Heather Lyke announced in December with the hiring of Randy Waldrum to lead the struggling program. Waldrum has been coaching soccer for the last 30 years. He comes to Pitt as one of the winningest head coaches ...

Capel is more than capable

Capel is more than capable

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

March 29, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Just when it looked like Pitt would be left out in the late March cold without a head coach, Athletic Director Heather Lyke, unlike her predecessor, made a bold decision. Lyke hired Duke assistant coach Jeff Capel Tuesday — 17 days after firing Kevin Stallings. Capel’s hiring comes as a pleasant...

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

Pitt introduces Jeff Capel as new head basketball coach

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

March 28, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke introduced Jeff Capel as the next men’s basketball coach during a ceremony at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday. The gym floor was packed with University students and staff, including Chancellor Patrick Gallagher, women’s head basketball coach Suzie McConnell-Ser...

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

‘Stallings 2.0:’ Fans react to Pitt’s reported interest in Mark Schmidt

By John Hamilton / Managing Editor

March 23, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

St. Bonaventure men's basketball coach Mark Schmidt interviewed for the vacant Pitt job Thursday, according to multiple reports. Days after learning Pitt offered Dan Hurley $3 million for the job, fans were underwhelmed -- to say the least -- that Pitt is considering Schmidt. https://twitter.com/AdamZagoria/status/977230454217723904 https://twitter.co...

Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

Fans, players react to Stallings’ firing

By Grant Burgman and Jordan Mondell | TPN Staff

March 12, 2018


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Top Stories

The firing of Pitt men’s basketball head coach Kevin Stallings didn’t come as a surprise to many fans and pundits. After a record-breaking losing season for the Panthers — going 8-25 overall and 0-19 in the ACC — a change of leadership was more than expected. But between reports of contentious contract ...

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

Lyke announces creation of Pitt Hall of Fame

By Jordan Mondell | Assistant Sports Editor

January 22, 2018


Filed under Sports, Top Stories

Heather Lyke announced the creation of a Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame on Monday morning, according to a release from Pitt athletics. The Hall of Fame — the first of its kind at the University — will honor collegiate athletes and coaches who have built a legacy while at Pitt. “[Pitt athletics has] a his...

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

Narduzzi signs 7-year contract extension

By John Hamilton and Jordan Mondell / The Pitt News Staff

December 6, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Top Stories

Pat Narduzzi signed a seven-year contract extension, Athletic Director Heather Lyke announced Wednesday, keeping Pitt’s football head coach around until at least 2024. Pitt is coming off a relatively disappointing season in which the Panthers finished with a 5-7 record and were ineligible for a bowl...

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

Column: Tarps a temporary cover for Pitt’s attendance problem

By Brandon Glass | Staff Writer

November 15, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns

As the game clock at Heinz Field ticked down on the Panthers Thursday night, the already prevalent splotches of bright yellow seats grew as the paltry crowd dispersed. The team’s chances to beat a 1-6 North Carolina team were beginning to dwindle, and so was their present fan base. The idea to work on...

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

Pitt fires women’s soccer head coach Greg Miller

By Jordan Mondell / Assistant Sports Editor

November 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt head women’s soccer coach Greg Miller will not return next season after six years with the program, according to a press release from Pitt Athletics Friday. In the press release, Athletic Director Heather Lyke thanked Miller for his time with the program and said she sees a brighter future for ...

Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

Leave it to Lyke: Six months of progress

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

August 31, 2017


Filed under Sports Columns

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...

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

Column: ‘Sweet Caroline’ change not enough

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 27, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports, Sports Columns, Top Stories

The Pitt football program’s decision to alter the “Sweet Caroline” tradition was a step in the right direction for the team’s Heinz Field experience, but it could’ve — and should’ve — gone further. The unoriginal tradition of singing Neil Diamond’s 1969 tune has been a trademark o...

Stallings needs time to execute plan

Stallings needs time to execute plan

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

August 21, 2017


Filed under Men's Basketball, Sports, Sports Columns

“No wonder the Bucs lost last night ... what a jackass.” “Tonight was probably the only setting in which [he] was not the most hated individual in the place.” “Maybe he will throw his back out and be done for the season.” This was the reaction on Twitter when Pitt men’s basketball ...

Lyke hires Cincinnati admin Brendan Fouracre

Lyke hires Cincinnati admin Brendan Fouracre

By Ryan Zimba / Sports Editor

July 25, 2017


Filed under Sports

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke hired a new administrator Monday as Brendan Fouracre has been named the Executive Associate Athletic Director for Capital Planning and Projects. In the position, Fouracre will be responsible for facility and event management and oversee all of the department’...

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

EMU admin Kelly Brennan joins Panthers

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Sports

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...

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

Hazelton hired as diving head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 16, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke filled another head coaching position Thursday, hiring Katie Hazelton as diving head coach. Hazelton has spent the past four-and-a-half years with the Duke Diving Club and will take over for 38-year head coach Julian Krug, who retired in April. "We are thri...

Lyke hires EMU admin Chris Hoppe

Lyke hires EMU admin Chris Hoppe

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired another administrator from Eastern Michigan University Tuesday, naming Chris Hoppe to a new position — executive associate athletic director for sport administration and student-athlete support services. Hoppe is the second upper administrator Lyke has brought over fr...

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

Pitt gymnastics hired University of Arkansas Associate Head Coach Samantha Snider to be the third head coach in the history of the program Monday. Snider takes over for longtime coach Debbie Yohman, who retired in early May after 31 years with the Panthers. “We are thrilled to welcome Samantha Snider as the next head women’s gymnastics coach of the University of Pitts...

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

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

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Assistant Sports Editor

May 30, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports Features

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 hires Christian Spears as deputy director of athletics

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 12, 2017


Filed under Sports

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...

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retires after 31 years

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

May 3, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Pitt gymnastics coach Debbie Yohman retired Tuesday morning after leading the team for more than three decades. Yohman was only the second coach in the history of Pitt gymnastics — which started in 1975. The program was very successful in her tenure, qualifying for 20 NCAA Regionals since she t...

Year in review: Five moments to remember in Pitt sports

Year in review: Five moments to remember in Pitt sports

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 24, 2017


Filed under Sports

The 2016-17 academic year will go down as one of the most memorable years in Pitt sports for a number of reasons. Several varsity programs underwent transitions, as high-profile coaches and administrators came and went. The basketball programs stumbled, but the football and volleyball teams excelled, ...

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

Women’s basketball renews Backyard Brawl

By Mackenzie Rodrigues | Staff Writer

April 20, 2017


Filed under Sports, Women's Basketball

The Backyard Brawl is returning to yet another sport — women’s basketball. Pitt announced in a press release Thursday afternoon that its rivalry with the West Virginia University women’s basketball program will resume Dec. 7, in Morgantown, West Virginia. The rivalry — which has been dormant for fiv...

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

Pitt to host 2019 NCAA Wrestling Championships at PPG Paints Arena

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 18, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports

For the first time in more than 60 years, the NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships are coming back to Pittsburgh. The NCAA awarded the city of Pittsburgh with the 2019 NCAA Championships on Tuesday afternoon, bringing the sport’s three-day championship event to PPG Paints Arena from March 21-23. ...

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

Pitt unveils brand-new $13.2 million club sports facility

By Ryan Zimba | Staff Writer

April 18, 2017


Filed under Club Sports, Sports

Pitt students and club sports athletes received a much-needed facilities upgrade Monday morning, as the University officially opened the Pitt Sports Dome to the student body. The sunny sky and warm weather were in stark contrast to the dome’s primary purpose as a functional winter facility, somet...

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

Keith Gavin returning to Pitt as new head wrestling coach

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

April 14, 2017


Filed under Sports, Sports / Other Varsity Sports, Top Stories

Heather Lyke made the first big hire of her tenure as Pitt’s athletic director Friday morning, naming former national champion Keith Gavin as the Panthers’ new head wrestling coach. “We are thrilled to announce Keith Gavin as the new head coach of the University of Pittsburgh wrestling progra...

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

Heather Lyke introduced as Pitt’s new athletic director

By Steve Rotstein | Sports Editor

March 20, 2017


Filed under 2. Featured, Sports

Basketball season is over, but history was made Monday on the hardwood floor of the Petersen Events Center. Less than three months after Scott Barnes’ departure, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher hired Heather Lyke as Pitt’s new athletic director, making Lyke the first woman to serve as full-time a...

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