Pitt coupled success with stability in its males’s soccer program Wednesday, asserting a contract extension that can maintain coach Jay Vidovich with the workforce at the very least by way of the 2025 season.
Vidovich, a five-time ACC Coach of the Yr, led Pitt to one of the best season in its 67-year historical past in a covid-interrupted 2020-21. The Panthers (16-4, 9-1) have been named No. 1 within the nation by United Soccer Coaches on two events, gained the ACC Coastal Division championship on its technique to a No. 2 total seed within the NCAA Match and a visit to the Faculty Cup, the Closing 4 of males’s soccer.
“Beneath the management of Jay Vidovich, our males’s soccer program has undergone a rare transformation,” Athletic Director Heather Lyke mentioned in a press release. “The workforce’s run to this 12 months’s Faculty Cup was actually exceptional, particularly contemplating the place this system was upon his arrival simply 5 years prior.
“The College of Pittsburgh is thrilled to have coach Vidovich main our program nicely into the approaching decade. Given his unbelievable monitor report, we all know extra historic successes are on the way in which.”
Vidovich and his employees developed the primary All-People in program historical past, Valentin Noel (first workforce) and Jasper Löeffelsend (second workforce). Amongst Pitt’s 14 ACC postseason awards, Noel was named Offensive Participant of the Yr and Löeffelsend was chosen as Defensive Participant of the Yr. Freshman of the Yr honors went to Bertin Jacquesson. Plus, Vidovich was named convention coach of the 12 months.
Noel additionally was the primary finalist in Pitt historical past for the MAC Hermann Trophy that’s introduced to the highest female and male collegiate soccer gamers within the nation.
Earlier than Vidovich arrived in 2016, Pitt by no means had gained an ACC sport, however the first got here the next season in opposition to No. 21 Syracuse. It was the Panthers’ first victory in opposition to a ranked workforce since 2008. He additionally led Pitt to its first ACC Match victory in 2018 and a 12 months later to the NCAA Match for the primary time since 1965.
“My household and I are excited that Heather Lyke has offered us with the chance to proceed our venture with the Pitt males’s soccer program,” Vidovich mentioned in a press release. “It’s an honor to guide Pitt males’s soccer and to symbolize our jersey.
“I recognize the management and help throughout the college and our athletic division. I’m excited to proceed our work alongside such a gifted employees and, after all, main a gaggle of exhausting working, dedicated student-soccer gamers as we attempt to win on and off the sphere.
“Our problem now’s to proceed to push to enhance and evolve as a program as we pursue future success for the college. I stay up for the following chapter in Pitt soccer historical past.”
Vidovich, who coached Wake Forest to the 2007 NCAA Match championship, has compiled an all-time report of 316-165-56, 44-44-6 at Pitt and 26-12-2 previously two seasons.
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