Jan. 31, 2015 - Men's Basketball -
Four starters scored in double-figures and James Robinson finished with
a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds) to lead Pitt to a 76-72 win over No. 8
Notre Dame in front of a capacity crowd at the Petersen Events Center. Two
weeks later, six Panthers scored in double figures as Pitt topped No. 12 North
Carolina for their second win over a top 15 team on the year. GAME
Feb. 21, 2015 - Swimming & Diving
- Dominic Giordano stole the show in the ACC Championships platform competition with a near-perfect final dive to claim the program's first ACC individual title. Needing to score more than 88.75 points in his sixth and final dive to take the lead, Giordano tallied 97.35 out of a possible 99.00 points on a Back 1 1/2 Somersault with a 3 1/2 Twist to claim the event with a new school record of 413.85 points. Giordano went on to win both the platform (814.50) and 1M (667.10), while taking fourth in 3M (717.20) place at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships to qualify for the NCAA Championships in all three events. Kaleigh Ritter also had a tremendous showing at the NCAA Championships earning honorable mention All-America status in the 1650 free with a 15th place finish. Ritter, a medalist in the 1650 free at the ACC Championships, was also a CSCAA All-America Honorable Mention selection.
February 22, 2015 - Women's Tennis
- The doubles tandem of Lolade Ogungbesan and Katherine Castro defeated 14th-ranked
Quinn Gleason and Monica Robinson of Notre Dame, 8-6.
March 8, 2015 - Wrestling - Tyler
Wilps won his respective weight class at 174 pounds at the 2015 ACC
Championships, earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. Wilps defeated
sixth and seventh ranked opponents en route to the individual ACC title. Once
in St. Louis for nationals, Wilps had a runner-up finish and earned All-America
status. That was followed by more well-deserved honors including ACC Wrestling
Scholar-Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA Academic All-District 2 First Team, and
March 11, 2015 - Women's Basketball
- Pitt earns its fourth NCAA Tournament in program history, the first since
2009, and the first for second-year head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. The
Panthers went on to defeat the seventh-seeded and 17th-ranked Mocs in the first
round of the tournament 51-40, snapping Chattanooga's 25 game winning streak.
McConnell-Serio, for leading one of the nation's biggest turnarounds, was named
a Naismith National Coach of the Year semifinalist.
March 15, 2015 - Baseball - Eric Hess delivered arguably the most memorable swing
of the season when he delivered a walk-off RBI single in extra innings to hand
the Panthers a series victory over No. 11 North Carolina. After falling behind,
0-1, the right-handed Hess went with an outside offering to right center field
to plate Ron Sherman from second. The win moved Pitt to 4-1 at home on the
season against teams ranked in the nation's top 15.
2015 - Gymnastics - Lindsay
Offuttand Laura Kummerlehighlighted the 2015 EAGL
Championships for the University of Pittsburgh gymnastics team, as Offutt
notched a first place finish on beam with a 9.950 and Kummerle was named EAGL
Scholar-Athlete of the Year at Towson's SECU Arena. Offutt went on to qualify for
the NCAA Regional Meet, hosted by West Virginia, where she tied for sixth
April 24, 2015 - Athletics - Nationally distinguished as one of the top
administrators in collegiate athletics, Scott Barnes is named the new athletic
director at the University of Pittsburgh by Chancellor Patrick Gallagher.
Barnes arrived at Pitt following an impressive tenure at Utah State University,
where he was honored as an Under Armour Athletic Director of the Year for his
work elevating the Aggies' program. He owns 26 years of administrative
experience at the collegiate level and recently served as chair of the NCAA
Division I Men's Basketball Committee.
May 10, 2015 - Softball - Following a successful run in the 2015 ACC Softball Championship, Pitt earned
the first NCAA Tournament invitation in program history on Selection Sunday.
The Panthers defeated Cal and Oakland to earn a spot in the regional final, but
fell to host and National Runner-Up Michigan to close out their season. Pitt
finished with a 37-22 record, which marked the winningest season in school
history. Head coach Holly Aprile and her staff were honored as the 2015
National Fast pitch Coaches Association Mid-Atlantic Region Coaching Staff of
the Year, while four Panthers were named to the NFCA All-Region team.
May 16, 2015 - Track & Field -
Desmond Palmer held off three UNC athletes in a photo finish to win the ACC 400
meter hurdle title. Palmer reestablished his own school record with a
career-best time of 49.41 in the victory. Palmer would qualify for the
NCAA National Championship Meet, and ran a time of 49.97 in the national
semifinal which advanced him to the title race. In the national final,
Palmer finished eighth overall to earn first team All-America honors. Palmer
returns for his junior year as one of the favorites to win the 400 meter
hurdles national title this season.
24, 2015 - Women's Soccer - Taylor Prycehammered home her own shot's
deflection with seconds remaining in overtime to lift Pitt over Wake Forest for
its seventh straight win, matching the program's single-season win mark at
eight. Pryce broke away from the defense for a clean look at the goal - only to
be turned away. With time winding down, she maintained her poise to collect the
rebound and finished off the game-winner. The Panthers went on to win a
program-best 10 games, including four ACC contests.
Oct. 17, 2015 - Football - Chris
Blewitt drilled a school-record 56-yard field goal with 1:11 remaining to help
Pitt to a 31-28 road win over Georgia Tech. The Panthers began the game-winning
drive with 8:13 to go in the fourth quarter and converted two fourth downs to
keep the drive alive. Tyler Boyd finished the game with eight catches for 68
yards and two touchdowns, becoming Pitt's career leader in receptions along the
Oct. 30, 2015 - Volleyball - The
University of Pittsburgh volleyball team upset No. 15 Florida State by way of
sweep at the Fitzgerald Field House, marking the first time the Panthers
defeated a top-15 team since 2005 when the squad took down the Fighting Irish of
Notre Dame in a five-set thriller. Pitt went on to register its second
consecutive year having 20-plus wins and saw two student-athletes in Amanda
Orchard and Kadi Kullerkann earn Honorable Mention All-America status.
Dec, 1, 2015 - Football -
Pitt became the first school in ACC history to sweep conference Rookie of
the Year honors as strong safety Jordan Whiteheadand running back Qadree Ollison were
honored. Whiteheadbecamethe first defensive
player to win the ACC's overall Rookie of the Year honor since North Carolina
cornerbackDre' Blyin 1996. The Panthers'
leading tackler for the season, Whitehead compiled 109 stops, the most by a
Pitt true freshman in 28 years. Ollisonentered
the 2015 season as the Panthers' third-string tailback. Three months later he
became only the fifth freshman in Pitt history to achieve a 1,000-yard rushing
season, netting 1,121 yards and 11 touchdowns on 212 carries (5.3 avg.).Thrust
into a prominent role when tailbackJames Conner,
the 2014 ACC Player of the Year, was lost in the opener due to injury, Ollison responded
by rushing for 207 yards in his collegiate debut against Youngstown State. He
would go on to compile five 100-yard games on the year, going over the
1,000-yard mark in the season's 11thgame, a 45-34 win over Louisville
(Nov. 21). His 1,121 rushing yards are the seventh-most by a freshman in ACC
history. Head coach Pat Narduzzi led the Panthers to an 8-5 record and an
appearance in the Military Bowl in his first season at Pitt.
December 4, 2015 - Men's Soccer -
Jay Vidovich was named the new men's soccer head coach. Vidovich comes to Pitt
after 21 seasons at Wake Forest where he turned the Demon Deacons into a
national powerhouse and won the 2007 NCAA Championship. He spent this past year
in professional soccer, coaching the Portland Timbers 2 (T2) in the United
Soccer League (USL). Vidovich is a two-time NSCAA National Coach of the Year
and five-time ACC Coach of the Year. RELEASE