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Lyke’s plan: new hires in Pitt Athletics

Jeff Capel, previous Duke assistant coach and notorious top recruiter, is Pitt’s newest head men’s basketball coach. (Photo by Mackenzie Rodrigues | Contributing Editor)

By Joanna Li | Senior Staff Writer

May 30, 2018

In her first year as Pitt’s athletic director, Heather Lyke quickly received a six-year extension to her contract at the end of April. Jumping right into a hectic season, Lyke hired six new head coaches to begin leading in the 2018-19 season, each one building their own unique coaching staffs. The whol...

Pitt gymnastics sets the bar with record-breaking season

Catie Conrad, a senior, was the leading gymnast on bars for Pitt’s gymnastics team this year. Pictured above is Conrad on beams. (Photo by John Hamilton | Managing Editor)

By Jon Shaiken | Staff Writer

April 10, 2018

Looking back on Pitt’s season, it is hard not to be impressed with the progress the gymnastics team has made under first-year head coach Samantha Snider. Despite finishing at a meager 7-18, new program records and history-making performances defined the Panthers’ season. The Panthers closed out their 2018 season Ap...

Gymnastics competes at NCAA regional competition

Senior Taylor Laymon tied with sophomore Lucy Jones for ninth on bars with a score of 9.850 at the NCAA Regional Championship Saturday. (Photo by Thomas Yang | Visual Editor)

By Dominic Campbell | Staff Writer

April 8, 2018

The Pitt gymnastics team competed in the NCAA Regional Championship in the St. John Arena at Ohio State University Saturday, placing fifth overall out of six teams and finishing with a score of 195.125. This season — Samantha Snider’s first year as head coach — was the first time since 2013 ...

Balancing act: Panthers gymnastics combine youth and experience

Senior Taylor Laymon is expected to step in as senior leader alongside fellow senior Dani Hall. (TPN File Photo)

By Trent Leonard | Staff Writer

January 11, 2018

The Pitt women’s gymnastics team is set to begin the 2018 season under new leadership for the first time in 31 years with newly hired head coach Samantha Snider at the helm. Athletic director Heather Lyke hired coach Snider this past June. Snider will look to improve upon the Panthers’ 2017 seaso...

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...

Samantha Snider named gymnastics head coach

Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke hired Snider to replace former coach Debbie Yohman, who retired last month after 31 years at Pitt. (Photo by John Hamilton/Editor-in-Chief)

By Ryan Zimba | Sports Editor

June 13, 2017

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...

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