Kirk Bruce is in his 11th year of administration, but his association with the University goes back much further.
In his current capacity, Bruce oversees the day-to-day operations of men's and women's soccer, men's and women's swimming and diving, men's and women's track and field, women's tennis and softball.
While the Assistant Athletic Director of Olympic Sports, the Pitt men's swimming and diving program has earned the nickname "Beast of the East" after capturing six conference titles since 1998.
More recently, Bruce helped guide the softball team to two back-to-back Big East Championships, where they upset then-No. 25 South Florida in the opening round in 2006. He also had a hand in the women's tennis team making a trip to Tampa, Fla., for the conference championships, while the women's soccer team set a school record for season wins last year.
Bruce was instrumental in leading the women's track and field program to three Big East titles and four consecutive ECAC outdoor titles. Additionally, Bruce oversaw the Pitt baseball team which finished as the runner-up in the Big East in 2004.
Bruce previously served as the Panthers' head women's basketball coach for 13 years from 1985-1998. His coaching career was highlighted by the 1992-93 season in which the Panthers produced their first 20-win season (21-10) and finished third in the Women's National Invitation Tournament. Bruce coached numerous Big East All-Conference players and two Kodak All-America honorable mention players in Jonna Huemrich and Lorri Johnson.
A standout starting point guard at Pittsburgh from 1971-75, Bruce was a member of the Panthers' 1974 team that finished 25-4 and advanced to the East Regional finals. He was drafted by the Utah Stars of the former American Basketball Association (ABA). When the league disbanded, he returned to Pittsburgh to begin his coaching career as an assistant for the Panthers. Bruce was later promoted to the head coaching position prior to the 1985-86 season.
Bruce and his wife Marleen have three daughters, Chelsea (25), Carmen (23) and Courteney (20).
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