Jeff Irwin joined the Athletic Department in June of 2006 as the Director of Information Technology. In this role, he managed the daily IT functions of the Athletic Department as well as support for the game day needs of the 19 sports. Through a variety of risk assessments, technology upgrades and strategic plans he quickly grew the technology footprint within Athletics. He centralized and upgraded many IT systems and processes including network, Wi-Fi, server and game day technology to promote efficiency and reliability.
In 2010, he was promoted to a new role, Assistant AD for Technology. During the transition to the ACC, he was named to the leadership committee for ACC branding which oversaw the transition from the Big East Conference to the ACC.
The constant growth in technology and video led to the creation of a new department, Video Services, which he also oversees. The Video Services department provides coaching, scouting and competition video to numerous sports and student-athletes.
In 2015, he was added to the Athletic Department Strategic planning steering committee. He, along with the other chairs, helped define and guide the Athletic department’s current strategic plan.
Currently, Jeff’s focus is on the long-term growth, strategy, efficiency, integration and reliability of the both video and technology platforms available for the coaches, staff and student-athletes.
He is responsible for the ongoing integration of technology within new and upgraded facilities. Jeff works closely with the various coaching staffs and departments to provide updated technology plans for office spaces, meeting rooms and locker rooms within our facilities.
He works closely with the Athletic department on major upgrades to both core internal business systems while also enhancing fan and media facing systems such as our game day systems, video scoreboards, stat systems and ticketing platforms.
Originally, Jeff was hired in 2001 by the University of Pittsburgh(CSSD), where he started as a systems administrator. At CSSD he grew and developed many positive relationships, which are now key in his current role in Athletics as he coordinates the needs of Athletics while fitting into the University's overall IT environment.
Jeff then accepted a systems administrator position within the Department of Neuroscience. He worked with faculty, staff and students to help achieve the departmental goal of scientific research and teaching. The faculty’s focus was performing research on neurological diseases like Parkinson’s and MS.
Jeff is from Enola, Pa., where he grew up and visits frequently. Jeff first arrived at the University of Pittsburgh in 1996 as an undergraduate and earned a degree in Information Science. He met his wife Jeannie at the University, where she has earned both a Master’s degree and PHD in Bio-Medical Informatics. Together they have three children, Jeffrey, June and Wyatt. Jeff is an avid outdoors man and loves spending his free time camping, hiking and fishing with his family.
Beyond the Bio
Favorite place on the University of Pittsburgh campus?
Cathedral of Learning
Favorite sports moment at Pitt?
13-9 & 12-0
“Imagination is more important than knowledge.” – Albert Einstein
Hobbies outside of work?
Camping, fly fishing and hiking.
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