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Pitt Athletics Timeline (Last Updated 6/6/06)

  • 1869 - In what was most likely the University's first athletics competition, The "University Nine," as the Western University of Pennsylvania's baseball team was known, defeated Eckford's of East Liberty, 21-20.
  • 1889 - The Western University of Pennsylvania's first-ever football team was organized by Bert Smyers and John Scott. Anson Harrold was WUP's first coach.
  • 1890 - WUP defeats Geneva, 10-4, in the University's first gridiron victory.
  • 10/11/1890 - Allegheny Athletic Association defeated WUP, 38-0, in the school's first-ever football game.
  • 1893 - The first WUP-Penn State football game was played.
  • 1905 - Arthur St. Ledger Moose became the team's coach and Joe Thompson was named team captain and manager.
  • 1905 - Pittsburgh fielded its first Men's Basketball team. Benjamin S. Printz was named WUP's first coach.
  • 1905 - WUP lost its first game to Wooster, 34-14.
  • 1905 - Men's Basketball coach Benjamin S. Printz was named manager and coach of WUP's Track & Field team.
  • 5/19/1905 - WUP's W.W. Gill placed fourth in the 100-yd dash (10-1.5) at the Intercollegiate Field Meet (Washington, Pa.)
  • 5/23/1905 - W.W. Gill won the 220 hurdles (28.25) at the Geneva College Intercollegiate Meet.
  • 10/10/1905 - WUP defeated Butler A.C. 67-0 in Pittsburgh.
  • 1906-07 - The WUP hockey team played a two-game season and lost both games, 1-0, to Renesselaer Polytechnic Institute and Yale University.
  • 1908 - Western University of Pennsylvania became the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1908 - University of Pittsburgh students gained admission to all University athletic events with the purchase of a $5 "athletic book".
  • 1908 - Pitt scored 12 runs in the eighth inning and defeated Carnegie Tech, 16-3. Tartan pitchers helped the Panthers cause by walking 18 batters.
  • 1908 - Pittsburgh's players wore numbered jerseys for the first time. It is believed that Pitt was the first college football team to so outfit their players.
  • 1908 - Pitt defeated Bucknell, 22-0, holding the Bison without a first down the entire game. Tex Richards returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. The game was played at Exposition Park on the North Side.
  • 1908 - Homer Roe intercepted a pass and returned it 105 yards for a touchdown in Pitt's clash with West Virginia.
  • 1908 - Pitt defeated neighborhood rival Carnegie Tech, 22-0, on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 5/16/1908 - Quince Banbury won the Broad Jump to give the Panthers a 59-58 victory over Carnegie Tech.
  • 5/14/1909 - Pitt fell to the Cuban Stars, a Negro League team, 11-0, in an exhibition game at Exposition Park.
  • 9/10/1909 - Practice for the 1909 season officially opened. Pitt, coached by Colonel Joe Thompson, held their workouts on DeSoto Street (then known as the Schenley Oval).
  • 10/9/1909 - Pitt defeated Marietta, 12-0 despite a brawl which caused the game to end prematurely. The game kicked off at 10 a.m., so as not to interfere with the Pittsburgh Pirates - Detroit Tigers World Series game played that afternoon at Forbes Field.
  • 10/16/1909 - Pitt hosted Bucknell in its first-ever game at Forbes Field.
  • 11/16/1909 - The "Panther" was officially adopted by the University of Pittsburgh Publicity Committee as the University's official mascot. The nickname was suggested by Pitt undergrad George M.P. Baird.
  • 10/1/1910 - In the season opener, Tex Richards scored 3 TDs in a 36-0 win over Ohio Northern.
  • 10/24/1910 - Norman "Bill" Bud ran for six touchdowns in the Panthers 71-0 defeat of Ohio Medical University.
  • 1911 - Charles S. Miller was appointed the University of Pittsburgh's Director of Athletics.
  • 1911 - The Pitt Band was organized.
  • 1911 - Football season gate receipts totaled $40,000.
  • 1911 - The Panthers defeated Westminster, 23-0, in the season opener. The game marked the first time gate receipts exceeded operating expenses.
  • 1911 - The Panthers gridders defeated Ohio Northern, 22-0, for their 11th consecutive shutout.
  • 1911 - The Panthers Basketball team played some of its home games at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA).
  • 6/10/1911 - In a match played on the University Club grounds, Pitt shut out Westminster.
  • 10/21/1911 - The Panthers 22-game shutout streak was snapped in a 17-0 loss to Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians.
  • 1912 - The completion of Trees Gymnasium on the upper campus made it possible to add Swimming & Diving to the Panthers list of varsity sports.
  • 4/20/1912 - With the score tied at 1-1 in the eighth inning, a game versus Grove City was called because the Panthers had to catch a train back to Pittsburgh.
  • 5/1/1912 - The Panthers Tennis team defeated Penn State, 5-1, in State College, PA.
  • 1913 - On a foggy and rain-soaked Thanksgiving Day game at Forbes Field, the Panthers defeated Penn State, 7-6. Guy Williamson's 67-yard run and ensuing PAT kick provided the game's deciding points. Later that evening, the Hotel Schenley (now the William Pitt Union) was the scene of the annual football team banquet.
  • 1913-14 - During the team's road trip through New York State, the Panthers Basketball team members had to be quarantined for 10 days after team manager C.K. Murray contracted scarlet fever.
  • 1914 - An athletics "Hall of Fame" was created inside the University Track House.
  • 2/6/1914 - The school's first-ever intercollegiate wrestling competition was held at Penn State.
  • 2/21/1914 - The Men's Track & Field team won the Western Pennsylvania College Relays at the Pittsburgh Exposition Building.
  • 10/31/1914 - The Panthers set a school record for points scored in a 96-0 victory over Dickinson College at Forbes Field.
  • 1914-15 - Coach Emerson Landis led the Panthers first Women's Basketball team to a 1-loss season.
  • 1915 - Legendary sideline general Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner was named head coach.
  • 5/12/1915 - P Eddie Langdon struck out 17 Allegheny College batters in a 10-0 Pitt win.
  • 1916 - Jim Dehart became Pitt's first four-sport letterman (Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field).
  • 1916 - John Bain "Jock" Sutherland set a school record in the Discus (128.90'). Also known for his exploits on the gridiron, Sutherland became one of the most decorated athletes in Panthers Football history before taking over as Panthers football coach in 1924.
  • 2/15/1916 - The Panthers defeated Penn State, 43-38, in their first-ever win at State College.
  • 10/21/1916 - Following Pitt's 30-0 football victory over Syracuse at Archbold Stadium, legendary coach Walter Camp proclaimed, "This team's play is perfect. They are a most wonderful team. Pitt is a marvelous combination. The greatest eleven in America."
  • 8/25/1917 - Frank Shea's win over Ted Meredith in the 440-yard dash at the Middle Atlantic Association's Championships at Franklin Field in Philadelphia, PA shocked the athletics world. Shea's time of 49 seconds sent Meredith to defeat for the first time in five years at Franklin Field.
  • 10/20/1917 - Pitt's 28-0 upset win over Syracuse was highlighted by George McLaren's 91-yard TD romp.
  • 1918 - Due to a lack of interest caused by World War I, Pitt's Baseball team temporarily suspended play.
  • 11/23/1918 - In a meeting between two of football's legendary sideline generals, Pop Warner's Panthers dominated John Heisman's Georgia Tech team, 32-0, at sold-out Forbes Field.
  • 3/6/1920 - The Men's Basketball team defeated West Virginia to lay claim to the Tri-State Championship.
  • 11/6/1920 - Tommy Davies scored three touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return, in the Panthers 27-21 win over the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. Debuting that afternoon was the University's official Panther mascot. 1920-21 - The University of Pittsburgh joined the Intercollegiate Flying Association and fielded an aviation team for the first time.
  • 5/11/1921 - The Panthers Freshman Track & Field team defeated Schenley High School, 51-48.
  • 6/18/1921 - Frank Shea won the 440-yard dash at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Chicago with a time of 49 seconds.
  • 10/8/1921 - When KDKA's Harold Arlin described the action in the Panthers 21-13 victory over West Virginia, it marked the first commercial radio broadcast of a college football game.
  • 10/15/1921 - Pitt earned a hard-fought 21-14 win over Cincinnati at Forbes Field despite the absence of Coach Pop Warner and star players Herb Stein and Tommy Davies, who were out of town that day.
  • 1922 - Dr. H. C. Carlson, only 23 years old, was hired as Men's Basketball coach. Over the next 31 years, Carlson became the most successful Men's Basketball coach in school history. He notched 367 wins, 2 mythical national titles, and one NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure. A colorful, eccentric and gregarious personality, Carlson's unconventional coaching style included feeding his players ice cream at halftimes of games.
  • 1923 - The land that would soon house Pitt Stadium was purchased.
  • 3/15/1924 - The Women's Basketball team played an exhibition game against a Panthers alumni squad.
  • 4/30/1924 - The Tennis team opened the season with a 5-1 win over West Virginia at Frick Acres.
  • 8/7/1924 - Groundbreaking on Pitt Stadium began.
  • 9/27/1924 - Pitt defeated Grove City, 14-0, in the first game for the Panthers new Football coach, John Bain "Jock" Sutherland.
  • 9/1/1925 - Construction on Pitt Stadium was completed.
  • 9/26/1925 - In the inaugural Football game at Pitt Stadium, Pitt defeated Washington & Lee, 28-0.
  • 10/24/1925 - Pitt defeated cross-town foe Carnegie Tech 12-0 in the Pitt Stadium Dedication Game.
  • 1925-26 - In the first Basketball game at the Stadium Pavilion, the Panthers defeated Cornell, 36-26.
  • 1926 - The Panthers blazed to a 13-0 overall record in route to the Tri-State Championship. Dave O'Loughlin, who had been National Boys' Champion in 1922 and 1923, starred for the Panthers.
  • 1927 - The Panthers were awarded the Jolly Trophy in recognition of their supremacy in Eastern Football.
  • 1927 - Donald Gwinn won the Hammer Throw at the NCAA Championships (155'9").
  • 1927 - F Charley Hyatt became the Panthers first Men's Basketball All-America. Hyatt earned All-America honors in the two subsequent seasons as well. Hyatt's Panthers posted a sparkling 60-7 overall record from 1927-30. Nicknamed the "Clipper," he twice led the nation in scoring during his collegiate career and he concluded his playing days with 880 points. Hyatt was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.
  • 10/8/1927 - Gibby Welch returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against West Virginia.
  • 1927-28 - Pitt won its first Mythical National Championship by going 21 games without a loss and averaging a then-phenomenal 38 points per game. Charley Hyatt and Stan Wroblewski were the nation's two highest scorers.
  • 1/2/1928 - Pitt's appearance in the Rose Bowl marked the first bowl game in school history.
  • 2/18/1928 - Charley Hyatt's last-second basket gave Pitt a 24-22 win over Notre Dame.
  • 1928-29 - The Panthers Men's Track & Field team placed ninth at the NCAA Championships in Chicago.
  • 1929 - Donald Gwinn won his second NCAA Hammer Throw title (163'9.25").
  • 1929-30 - The Men's Basketball team earned a second consecutive Mythical National Championship. The Panthers won their first 12 games and finished with a 23-2 overall record. The season's only losses were to West Virginia and Syracuse.
  • 1930 - Pete Bowen won the 400M at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (48 seconds).
  • 1930 - Panthers AD Don Harrison introduced boxing as a varsity sport. Coached by Joe Orsini, the team staged boxing-basketball doubleheaders with the Panthers cagers at the Pavilion inside Pitt Stadium. At the first match of the season, a meeting with cross-town foe Duquesne University, police riot squads were called out to calm rowdy fans.
  • 10/25/1930 - In the only meeting between Notre Dame's Knute Rockne and Pitt's Jock Sutherland, ND defeated Pitt, 35-19, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1930-31 - Everett Utterback earned the second of two NCAA Indoor Titles in the Broad Jump.
  • 1932 - The Pitt basketball team defeated West Virginia, 42-40, in the second half of a boxing-basketball double feature at the Pitt Stadium Pavilion.
  • 1932 - A Men's Basketball game against Notre Dame drew the first sellout crowd in the history of the Pitt Stadium Pavilion.
  • 1932 - The Men's Baskteball team made their first West Coast road trip.
  • 10/29/1932 - The Football team defeated previously unbeaten and unscored upon Notre Dame, 12-0, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 11/26/1932 - Pitt defeated Stanford, 7-0, in the regular season finale at Pitt Stadium. The game also marked the return to Pittsburgh of Pop Warner, who was coaching Stanford at the time.
  • 1932-33 - Carl Olson was named Track & Field head coach.
  • 1933 - Carl Schricker won the 155-pound division at the Eastern Conference Boxing Championships.
  • 10/28/1933 - Mike Sebastian's 75-yard TD run highlighted a 14-0 win over Duke.
  • 1933-34 - The Panthers Rifle team finished fifth nationally.
  • 1933-34 - A 39-34 over a Moose Krause-led Notre Dame squad at the Pitt Stadium Pavilion snapped ND's 22-game winning streak.
  • 1933-34 - Wrestling was revived as a varsity sport.
  • 10/13/1934 - Izzy Weinstock, Heine Weisenbaugh and Verne Baxter's each scored TDs to lift the Panthers to a 20-6 win over Southern California.
  • 10/20/1934 - In a clash between two of the nation's top Football powers, Minnesota defeated the Panthers, 13-7 at Pitt Stadium. The 4-point loss was the only blemish on the Panthers 8-1 season record.
  • 1935 - The Men's Basketball team won its first-ever Sugar Bowl Tournament with a 52-47 win over LSU.
  • 1935 - Charles Gongloff won the Javelin at the NCAA Championships (221'3.13").
  • 11/2/1935 - The Football team played East Coast rival Fordham to a scoreless tie at New York City's Polo Grounds. The following two meetings with the Rams also produced scoreless ties.
  • 11/9/1935 - Bobby LaRue scored three TDs, including one on a 75-yard run, in a 21-6 win over Army.
  • 1936 - Swimmer Russell Lindberg won the 150-yard Backstroke crown at the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association Team Championship.
  • 1936 - Freshman John Woodruff won the Gold Medal in the 800M dash at the Berlin Olympics.
  • 2/18/1936 - A 46-41 win over Chick Davies' powerhouse Duquesne team was the highlight of the Panthers season. The Panthers trailed by 9 points at halftime, but reeled off 16 straight points to take command after intermission.
  • 10/24/1936 - The Panthers held Notre Dame without a first down until the third quarter in a 26-0 win at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/3/1936 - At the Football team's annual banquet, AD Don Harrison read an Associated Press wire announcing that the University of Washington had selected Pitt as its Rose Bowl opponent.
  • 1936-37 - Director of Athletics Don Harrison resigned from his post in deference to Football coach Jock Sutherland.
  • 1937 - The University Board of Trustees handed down an official "Code of Conduct for Athletics."
  • 1937 - John Woodruff successfully defended his NCAA title in the 800M dash (1:51.3).
  • 1/1/1937 - A crowd of 87,136 witnessed the Panthers first bowl victory, a 21-0 Rose Bowl win over the University of Washington.
  • 10/9/1937 - Marshall Goldberg's 77-yard TD run on the Panthers first possession was the only score in the Panthers' 6-0 win over Duquesne at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1937-38 - The University of Pittsburgh revived Hockey as a varsity sport.
  • 1938 - Football lettermen Frank Souchak, Barrett Melvin and Tony Kaye led the Panthers Golf team to an 8-2 record.
  • 1938 - John Woodruff won the 800 meters at NCAA's (1:51.3).
  • 3/22/1938 - Following five overtime periods and with the score tied 1-1, an attending physician suspended the Hockey game versus Duquesne at 1:55 a.m.
  • 10/29/1938 - The Panthers defeated Fordham, 24-13, at Pitt Stadium to break a string of three consecutive scoreless ties with the Rams. The crowd of 68,918 was the largest ever to witness a sporting event in Pittsburgh.
  • 11/26/1938 - In Jock Sutherland's final game as Pitt's football coach, the Panthers lost to the Duke Bluedevils, 7-0, in Durham, NC.
  • 1939 - John Woodruff won his third straight NCAA 800M crown (1:51.3).
  • 3/4/1939 - Jock Sutherland officially resigned as head football coach.
  • 5/5/1939 - The Pitt baseball team played its first game at Pitt Stadium, with coach Ralph "Sarge" Mitterling at the helm.
  • 9/30/1939 - The Panthers became the first college football team to travel to an away game by plane. The Panthers journeyed to Seattle, WA where they beat the Washington Huskies, 27-6.
  • 1940 - A group of varsity letterwinners instituted the "Panther Club" on campus.
  • 1940 - Led by Dick Ames, Herb Cosgrove and Joe Orloff, the Panthers won the Eastern Collegiate Men's Swimming title.
  • 2/8/1940 - The Panthers played in the first-ever nationally televised basketball game at famed Madison Square Garden against Fordham. The Panthers defeated the Rams, 57-37, in a doubleheader that also featured a 50-27 Georgetown University victory over New York University.
  • 1941 - Pitt basketball team received an invitation to the NCAA's first "Final Four," played in Madison, Wisconsin. The Panthers defeated North Carolina but lost to Wisconsin.
  • 1941 - "Bullet" Bill Carter tied the world record of 6.1 seconds in the 60-yard dash at the Butler Relays.
  • 1941 - The outbreak of World War II forced the Panthers to choose from a pool of 17-year olds, deferred men and students classified 4-F to comprise their varsity rosters.
  • 1941 - The Panthers made the lone Final Four appearance in school history at the inaugural NCAA Tournament played in Madison, Wisconsin. The Panthers defeated North Carolina in the semifinals but fell to the hometown Wisconsin Badgers in the championship game. Every member of the 1940-41 team graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served in World War II.
  • 11/8/1941 - In one of the biggest upsets of the season, the winless Panthers, sparked by the play of Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones, knocked off previously unbeaten Fordham, 13-0, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1941-2 - Pitt's mile-relay team of Bill Carter, Harold Stickel, Al Peretic and Bob Smith won New York's Millrose Games with a time of 3:25.5
  • 1941-42 - Pitt's 400M Relay team of Bill Carter, Harold Stickel, Al Peretic and Bob Smith won New York's Millrose Games with a time of 3:25.5.
  • 1942 - Clark Shaughnessy was named football coach following the resignation of Charley Bowser.
  • 9/25/1943 - The Panthers started six true freshmen in a 41-0 loss to Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1944-45 - Nicknamed the "Phantoms", the 1944-45 Panthers finished with an 8-4 record.
  • 1945 - The Panthers switch from their traditional blue and gold to red and white as primary uniform colors proved to be short-lived.
  • 1945-46 - Herb Douglas established a school record in the Broad Jump with a mark of 24'4.88" at the IC4A Championships.
  • 10/26/1946 - The Purdue Boilermakers edged the Panthers, 10-8, at Pitt Stadium on a last-second Hank Stram field goal. Stram went on to earn a place in the Professional Football Hall of Fame following a 17-year career as an NFL head coach, 16 of which were spent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • 10/25/1947 - In their only win of the season, the Panthers upset Ohio State, 12-0, at Pitt Stadium. The Buckeyes were coached by former Pitt coach Wes Fesler.
  • 1948 - Former Panther NCAA champion Herb Douglas earned a bronze medal in the long jump for the United States at the Olympic Games in London.
  • 4/11/1948 - Legendary Panthers coach Jock Sutherland died of a brain tumor in a Pittsburgh hospital. He was coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time.
  • 11/20/1948 - Nick Bolkovac's fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown was the only score in Pitt's 7-0 win over Penn State at Pitt Stadium. The win snapped the Nittany Lions' 17-game unbeaten streak.
  • 1948-49 - Clarence Doak was honored as the Panthers Track & Field MVP.
  • 1949 - Scheduled performances by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera forced the Panthers to move games from Pitt Stadium to the Schenley Oval.
  • 1949 - Pitt basketball coach Dr. H. C. Carlson was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame by the Helms Athletic Foundation.
  • 1949 - Rex Peery was named head coach of the Pitt Wrestling team.
  • 1949 - Pitt won the inaugural Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament, defeating both Miami and Florida twice.
  • 2/1/1949 - Tom Hamilton was named Athletic Director.
  • 3/8/1949 - Pitt's 34-32 defeat of West Virginia ended the Mountaineers 58-game home winning streak.
  • 10/29/1949 - Bernie Barkouskie's blocked punt with 35 seconds left to play lifted the Panthers to a 22-21 victory over the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field.
  • 11/19/1949 - Lou "Bimbo" Cecconi intercepted three passes and scored twice in the Panthers' 19-0 home win over Penn State.
  • 1949-50 - Wrestler Jim Conklin finished the season with a near perfect record, losing only 1 match all year.
  • 1950 - New coach Len Casanova fielded a scrappy Panthers unit despite losing several players to active duty in the Korean War.
  • 1950 - University construction crews broke ground on a state-of-the-art field house in December. Built at a cost of $1.3 million, the arena's amenities included a $16,000 New England Maple-coated playing floor. Originally christened Memorial Field House, the facility was later renamed Fitzgerald Field House in honor of University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Rufus Fitzgerald.
  • 1950-51 - Mike Belich's 415 points set a school record for points scored in a single season.
  • 1951 - Ray Cappelli wrestling captian suffered only one loss in a stellar season for the Pitt grapplers.
  • 2/26/1951 - The Panthers defeated West Virginia, 72-71, in the last college basketball game played at the Pitt Pavilion.
  • 9/29/1951 - Panthers Football made its first nationally televised appearance versus Duke University in the Rose Bowl.
  • 12/15/1951 - The University's new Memorial Field House (later to be named Fitzgerald Field House) dedication game witnessed the Panthers 65-64 upset of highly regarded Columbia. Bernard Artman hit the winning basket to upend the Lions, the defending NCAA Champs.
  • 1952 - Wrestler Hugh Peery won the 115 pound NCAA title.
  • 10/11/1952 - All-American Joe Schmidt's rousing pre-game pep talk spurred his team to a 22-19 upset of Notre Dame in South Bend.
  • 1952-53 - Dutch Burch's last-second shot gave the Panthers a 67-65 Field House win over West Virginia.
  • 1953 - The Panthers Cross Country team, coached by Carl Olson, enjoyed an undefeated season.
  • 1953 - Leo Bemis became head coach of the Panthers inaugural soccer team, a position he would hold until 1983.
  • 1953 - A crowd of 1,937, the largest to watch a collegiate wrestling match in Pittsburgh at the time, saw the previously undefeated Panthers lose to Penn State, 16-12, in the season finale. Panthers grapplers Hugh Peery and Joe Solomon both finished their seasons with unblemished records.
  • 2/28/1953 - In Doc Carlson's final game as Pitt's Basketball coach, Penn State defeated the Panthers, 73-53, at State College.
  • 12/11/1953 - The Panthers defeated national power Bradley University, 66-64, in the opening round of the Steel Bowl Basketball Tournament. The win set up a title game between Pittsburgh and Duquesne, the first meeting between the neighboring schools since the 1930s.
  • 1953-54 - Bob Timmons was named Basketball head coach. His predecessor, legendary coach Doc Carlson, had manned the position for 31 years.
  • 1953-54 - Pitt's Mens Swimmers captured their third straight Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association championship.
  • 1953-54 - The Panthers captured the ECAC crown and earned runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, Hugh Peery ran his unbeaten streak to 48 matches and earned his third NCAA title and Joe Solomon won the 167 pound NCAA crown.
  • 1954 - Sarge Mitterling retired following 16 seasons as Pitt's baseball coach. He was replaced by Bobby Lewis, who would remain as Pitt's baseball coach through the 1990 season.
  • 1954 - Arnie Sowell finished first in every meet but one to lead the Panthers' cross country team to its second straight undefeated season.
  • 1954 - Red Dawson stepped down as Football coach because of an illness. He was replaced on an interim basis by A.D. Tom Hamilton.
  • 1954 - Pitt fielded its first Men's Gymnastics team. Warren Neiger served as head coach.
  • 1954 - In only its second year of competition, Pitt posted an 8-1 overall record.
  • 1954 - Arnie Sowell won the 800 meters in 1:50.5 at the NCAA Championships.
  • 1954 - Swimmer Ron Gainsford earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year.
  • 10/16/1954 - Joyous fans tore down the goal posts following Pitt's 21-19 win over previously undefeated Navy at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1955 - Pitt's Cross Country captured the IC4A championship.
  • 1955 - John Michelosen was named head coach of the Pitt Football team.
  • 1955 - Joe Walton led the nation in touchdown receptions with 8. Walton would go on to coach the New York Jets before heading to nearby Robert Morris University in the same role.
  • 1955 - Ed Pavlick became the Panthers all-time scoring leader during the final game of the season against Penn State.
  • 1955 - Julius Pegues became Pitt's first African-American basketball player. Pegues, a Tulsa, OK native, finished his Panthers career as the fourth player in school history to score over 1,000 career points.
  • 1955 - Bob Cherry set the Panthers single-season record for goals scored with 18.
  • 1955 - Joe Solomon won the 167 pound NCAA title. Ed Peery won the 123 pound NCAA title.
  • 11/12/1955 - The Panthers upended sixth-ranked and undefeated West Virginia, 26-7, at sold-out Pitt Stadium.
  • 1955-56 - Arnie Sowell's second place finish helped the Panthers win the IC4A Championship.
  • 1955-56 - Swimmer Jim Zurcher won two gold medals at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1955-56 - The Panthers finished a perfect season with an Eastern title. Team captain Ed DeWitt finished his career unbeaten in dual-match competition.
  • 1956 - The Panthers earned an NCAA Tournament berth with a 15-9 regular season mark.
  • 2/2/1956 - Pitt's Bobby Grier became the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. A questionable pass interference call against Grier in the first quarter led to the game's only touchdown as Georgia Tech defeated the Panthers, 7-0.
  • 12/1/1956 - In his Pitt debut, Don Hennon scored 32 points in a 97-85 loss at North Carolina State.
  • 1956-57 - Bob Lazor and John Riser both finished their Pitt careers with over 1,000 career points.
  • 1957 - The Panthers posted a 16-11 regular season record and made the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Pitt reached the semifinals before falling to Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats.
  • 1957 - Ed Peery won the 123 pound NCAA title.
  • 12/21/1957 - Don Hennon scored a school-record 45 points to lead the Panthers past Duke, 87-84, in double overtime at Fitzgerald Field House. Hennon earned consensus All-America honors and led the Panthers to an 18-7 regular season record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
  • 1957-58 - The Panthers produced three individual NCAA Champions, the highest total in school history.
  • 1957-58 - Tom Darling won the NCAA title in flying rings competition in back-to-back seasons.
  • 1957-58 - The Panthers posted an 18-6 regular season record and earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
  • 1957-58 - Don Hennon scored 42 points in a 109-74 Field House victory over 109-74 win over Geneva.
  • 1958 - Coached by Bob Timmons, the Panthers suffered a quarterfinal loss to Miami of Ohio in their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • 10/25/1958 - The Panthers battled undefeated and second-ranked Army to a 14-14 tie at Pitt Stadium.
  • 11/8/1958 - Bill Kaliden's five-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds to play lifted Pitt to a 29-26 win over Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1958-59 - Carl Rees replaced Carl Olson as the Panthers head Cross Country and Track & Field coach.
  • 1959 - Dave Hirst finished the season with an undefeated record in flying rings competition.
  • 1959 - The Panthers earned a first place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1959 - The 1959 season marked the end of the Don Hennon era. Hennon, a 5'8" guard, earned All-America honors twice during his Panthers career. He scored 34 points in his first collegiate game and his 45-point outburst against Duke in 1959 still stands as the Panthers single-game high. Hennon holds 9 additional Panther scoring records. His play moved legendary St. John's coach Joe Lapchick to remark, "There's no doubt he is one of the best small men I have ever seen in college ball."
  • 1/15/1959 - The Panthers notched their 50th overall win at Fitzgerald Field House by defeating Carnegie Tech, 82-75, in the fourth home game of the season.
  • 10/3/1959 - Ivan Toncic's last-minute TD pass to Steve Jastrzembski provided the winning points in the Panthers 25-21 victory over UCLA.
  • 1959-60 - Pitt students began the unique tradition of tossing fish onto the court to protest an official's bad call.
  • 1960 - Tight end Mike Ditka was named an All-American and captained the College All Stars against the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. Ditka went on to be named to the Professional Football Hall of Fame after a stellar 12-year pro career. In addition to winning NFL titles with the Chicago Bears in 1963 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1972, Ditka also coached the Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.
  • 10/29/1960 - The Panthers upset top-ranked Syracuse, 10-0, at Archbold Stadium. Led by Heisman Trophy-winner Ernie Davis, the heavily favored Orangemen could muster little offensive production in the face of a stout Panthers defensive front.
  • 12/2/1960 - After falling behind by as many as 22 points in the season opener, the Panthers rallied for a stunning last second victory over Purdue at Fitzgerald Field House. Don Steinhart posted 17 points and 17 rebounds and John Fridley scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards.
  • 1961 - The Panthers upset Penn State 1-0 in the season finale. Corky Cuthbert scored 13 goals on the season.
  • 1961 - Shot Putter Dan Kanell was named the top Track & Field Athlete in the East by the ECAC. His longest throw of the season covered 54'4.75".
  • 1961 - Larry Lauchle earned Eastern Intercollegiate and NCAA titles and finished his career with a 27-1 dual match record.
  • 1961 - Freshman pitcher Jim Sylvis throws the first no hitter in school history.
  • 1961-62 - Earl McConnell earned All-America honors.
  • 1961-62 - The Panthers finished the season with a 7-1-1 record and a Number 6 national ranking.
  • 1962-63 - Head coach Bob Timmons led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a first round game to New York University.
  • 1962-63 - The soccer team posted an undefeated regular season and received an NCAA bid.
  • 1962-63 - Trees Pool and Gymnasium was erected across the street from the Field House on Pitt's upper campus. The facility was named for benefactor Joe Trees.
  • 1963 - The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships were held at the Field House.
  • 1963 - The Panthers posted a sparkling 9-1 regular season mark but failed to earn an invitation to post-season play. The 1963 squad was thus stamped "The No-Bowl Team." Instead of a January-bowl victory, the highlight of the season was the victory in the season finale versus Penn State. The Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions 22-21 on a 17-yard touchdown run by QB Fred Mazurek with 2:33 left to play.
  • 1963-64 - The Panthers made their first ever NIT Tournament appearance.
  • 1963-64 - Mike Johnson was honored with the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1964 - Pitt made its first-ever NIT appearance.
  • 1964-65 - The Panthers Swimming & Diving team competed at Trees Pool for the first time.
  • 1964-65 - Jim Banner was named Cross Country/Track & Field coach.
  • 1965 - Outfielder Fred Mazurek batted .484 in leading the Pitt baseball team to an NCAA berth.
  • 1965 - Rex Peery retired after compiling a 116-43-3 record in 15 seasons as Panthers head coach. Dave Johnson, a former Eastern Intercollegiate champion for the Panthers, was named Peery's successor.
  • 11/20/1965 - In John Michelosen's final game as head coach, the Panthers beat Penn State 30-27 on an 18-yard field goal by Frank Clark with 3 seconds remaining.
  • 1/12/1966 - The Panthers recorded their 100th win at the Field House by defeating Westminster, 70-69.
  • 1967 - Pitcher Dave Welty led the nation with a 0.32 ERA. Welty's overall record was 6-1 and he also averaged 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
  • 1967-68 - In his first year as head coach, Dave Adams was named Rookie Wrestling Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News.
  • 1968 - Dave Gymnast Shidemantle won the long horse competition at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1968 - Basketball coach Bob Timmons announced his retirement from coaching following the 1967-68 season. He was replaced by Charles "Buzz" Ridl.
  • 1968 - More than 1,000 spectators turned out for Pitt's first Indoor Track & Field meet at the Field House.
  • 1969-70 - Bill Hillgrove and former Panthers Sports Information Director Dean Billick formed Pitt's first Men's Basketball radio broadcast team. Billick was replaced by Dick Groat in the 1979-80 season.
  • 1969-70 - Jerry Richey won the two mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 8:39.2.
  • 1970 - Pitcher George Medich registered a 4-2 record for the Panthers.
  • 2/13/1970 - In the highest scoring game in school history, Pitt defeated Syracuse 127-108 in Fitzgerald Field House behind the scoring of Kent Scott (29 points), Paul O'Gorek (27) and Cleveland Edwards (20).
  • 3/3/1970 - Kent Scott scored 32 points, including 23 in the second half, to lead Pitt to a 92-87 upset win over West Virginia in the final college basketball game ever played at the WVU Field House in Morgantown.
  • 9/19/1970 - In the Panthers inaugural game on the new Astroturf surface at Pitt Stadium, the Panthers fell to UCLA, 24-15.
  • 10/17/1970 - The Panthers rallied from a 35-8 halftime deficit to defeat West Virginia, 36-35, on Homecoming at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers clinched the win in the final minutes when QB Dave Havern hit Bill Pilconis with a five-yard scoring pass.
  • 12/30/1970 - A Civic Arena crowd of 13,535, at the time the largest crowd to witness a basketball game in Pittsburgh, watched John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeat Pitt, 77-64, in the Steel Bowl championship game.
  • 1971 - Joe Luxbacher scored seven goals in a victory over Edinboro.
  • 1971 - The Panthers Distance Medley Relay team (Ken Silay, Dorel Watley, Mike Schurko and Jerry Richey) won the NCAA Indoor Track & Field title.
  • 1971-72 - Long jumper Bill Rea established a school record of 26'7.5".
  • 1971-72 - Kevin Love won the 150 pound Eastern Intercollegiate title.
  • 1972 - Ken Macha finished his Panthers career as the school's all-time home runs leader. Macha later became manager of the Oakland Athletics.
  • 1972 - Johnny Majors was named the 26th head coach in Panthers history.
  • 1972 - Former Panthers diver Dick Rydze won a Silver Medal in the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
  • 1972 - Dick Bradshaw was named head Swimming coach.
  • 1972 - Coach Fran Webster led the Panthers Men's tennis team to an 11-2 season record.
  • 12/22/1972 - Billy Knight scored 37 points in an 89-73 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles. At the time, the point total represented the most points any opposing player had scored against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.
  • 1/14/1973 - The Panthers climbed into the national rankings for the first time in school history, earning No. 17 AP and No. 13 UPI rankings. A 22-game win streak later in the season would propel them to a then school-record No. 7 ranking in the polls.
  • 9/15/1973 - In Johnny Majors' first game at the helm, freshman TB Tony Dorsett ran for 100 yards and Pitt stunned the University of Georgia with a 7-7 tie in Athens.
  • 11/10/1973 - Tony Dorsett added to his list of accomplishments as a freshman, rushing for 209 yards against eventual national champion Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium. The Irish prevailed, however, 31-10.
  • 12/4/1973 - Pitt defeated Rutgers in a forfeit win at Piscataway, NJ. The game was forfeited to the Panthers late in the first half when a group of Rutgers students staged a sit-in demonstration on the playing court. To this day, Rutgers does not acknowledge the loss in its official records.
  • 12/21/1973 - In their first bowl appearance since 1956, the Panthers fell to Arizona State, 28-7, in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 1973-74 - In their most successful season in the modern era, the Panthers won 25 games and reached the Eastern Regional finals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina State. After losing their first game of the season, the Panthers reeled off a school-record 22-game winning streak. The Panthers top six players, including All-American forward Billy Knight, were all Pittsburgh area natives. Knight would go on to an illustrious professional career that saw him become Pitt's first-ever NBA All-Star. Knight currently serves the as General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks.
  • 1974 - Ig Perez was named new Men's Gymnastics coach.
  • 1974 - Women's Volleyball was introduced as a varsity sport.
  • 1/20/1974 - The Panthers recorded their 150th win at Fitzgerald Field House in a 101-75 win over the University at Buffalo.
  • 2/20/1974 - The Panthers extended their win streak to a school-record 22 games in a 56-49 win over Temple University at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 3/14/1974 - Billy Knight scored 34 points to lead the Panthers to an 81-78 NCAA Tournament victory over Furman University at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. The win set up an East Region Final versus eventual national champion North Carolina State.
  • 12/6/1974 - In the inaugural Women's Basketball contest, the Panthers downed cross-town foe Duquesne University, 91-32.
  • 12/18/1974 - In Al McGuire's only coaching appearance at Fitzgerald Field House, the Panthers defeated sixth-ranked and previously undefeated Marquette 65-58. Center Jim Bolla sealed the victory with 7 free throws down the stretch.
  • 1975 - Tim Grgurich was named head coach.
  • 10/18/1975 - The Panthers rushed for the highest total in school history (530 yards) in a win over Army.
  • 11/15/1975 - Tony Dorsett's school-record 303 rushing yards led the Panthers to a 34-20 win over Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium. The win was the Panthers first victory over the Irish since 1963.
  • 12/13/1975 - Debbie Jones collected 30 rebounds in a 74-63 victory over Glassboro State College.
  • 12/13/1975 - Tom Richards' 45-foot buzzer-beater gave the Panthers a 72-71 win over against Ohio University and helped the Panthers stretch their Fitzgerald Field House win streak to 27 games. The 1973-74 and 1974-75 teams never lost a game at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 12/26/1975 - Three Panthers runners (Tony Dorsett, Elliott Walker and Robert Haygood) eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the Panthers 33-19 Sun Bowl win over the Kansas Jayhawks.
  • 1975-76 - In only their second season of competition, the Panther Women's Swimming and Diving team posted an 11-0 record.
  • 1975-76 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler earned All-America recognition in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
  • 1976 - Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett (1973-1976) had his #33 jersey retired.
  • 1976 - Rande Stottlemyer won an Eastern Wrestling League championship and five Panthers qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
  • 2/14/1976 - Bob Schrewsbury broke the Panthers single game assist record with 16 versus South Carolina.
  • 10/23/1976 - Tony Dorsett became the NCAA's all-time rushing yardage leader on a TD run in the Panthers 45-0 win at Navy.
  • 11/26/1976 - Tony Dorsett ran for 224 yards and 2 TDs in the Panthers 24-7 win over Penn State at Three Rivers Stadium. With the victory the Panthers clinched a perfect 11-0 regular season.
  • 12/6/1976 - Jackie Sherrill was named Pitt's next football coach, replacing Johnny Majors, who returned to the University of Tennessee.
  • 12/9/1976 - Tony Dorsett became the University of Pittsburgh's first Heisman Trophy winner.
  • 1976-77 - For the first time in school history, the Panthers starting lineup featured five African-American players.
  • 1/1/1977 - A 24-3 Sugar Bowl victory over the Georgia Bulldogs gave the Panthers the national crown in school history. Tony Dorsett ran for 202 yards and QB Matt Cavanaugh passed for one score and ran for another on his way to MVP honors.
  • 1/10/1977 - "PITT IS IT!" proclaimed a Sports Illustrated cover story celebrating the Panthers 24-3 national title game victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
  • 2/2/1977 - Larry Harris scored two of his game-high 31 points on a last second jumper to give the Panthers a 65-64 upset win over the nationally ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. Harris scored 31 points in the win. Cincinnati's head coach, Gale Catlett, would go on to lead another Panthers rival, the West Virginia Mountaineers, for more than two decades.
  • 10/14/1977 - Craig Connolly's goal at the 31 second-mark against Youngstown State University set a Panthers record for fastest goal scored in game.
  • 11/6/1977 - Craig Connolly's hat trick provided the Panthers only points in a 3-2 victory over West Virginia.
  • 12/30/1977 - The Panthers downed Clemson in the Gator Bowl, 34-3. Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh was named MVP of his second straight bowl game.
  • 1977-78 - The Panthers posted an 8-0 record in coach Richard Bradshaw's final season.
  • 1977-78 - Dan Goodyear's leap of 7'1.25" set a Panthers outdoor record in the High Jump.
  • 1977-78 - Gene Roach established a school record of 15'1" in the pole vault.
  • 1978 - Frank D'Amico was named head Gymnastics coach.
  • 1978 - Myra Bachuchin was named to Gymnast Magazine's All-America squad.
  • 1978 - The Panthers scored an upset win against eighth-ranked Penn State.
  • 1978 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler won the 50-meter butterfly (23.70) at the AIAW Championships.
  • 1/30/1978 - Debbie Lewis handed out 16 assists in a 99-81 victory over LaSalle University.
  • 2/19/1978 - After a Panthers win over Villanova, freshman Sam Clancy was asked if it was his best game. "No," replied the strapping backboard enforcer, "My best game is coming up Wednesday versus Duquesne." Clancy went on to score 20 points and grab 20 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 72-65 victory over the Dukes. The win avenged a 22-point loss to the Duquesne 17 days before. Clancy concluded his career as the only player in school history to score 1,000 career points and pull down 1,000 career rebounds.
  • 1978-79 - The Panthers won the EAIAW title and finished No. 15 in the nation.
  • 1978-79 - The Panthers enjoyed their second consecutive undefeated dual-meet season, winning all nine meets under first-year coach Fred Lewis.
  • 1979 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler earned All-America honors for the fourth time in her career.
  • 1979 - Golf was discontinued as a varsity sport. Over the years, Dave McCormack, Clyde Barton, Rex Peery and Steve Petro had served as head coaches.
  • 1979 - Maria Paris finished her tennis career with an .823 winning percentage, the best in school history.
  • 1979 - The Pitt volleyball team captured its second straight EAIAW championship.
  • 1979 - Rande Stottlemyer, age 25, was named Pitt's wrestling coach, replacing Dave Adams.
  • 2/10/1979 - Pitt upsets No 3 ranked and 17-1 Duke 71-69 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the score tied at 69 with 3:05 to go, Duke coach Bill Foster decided to have his team hold onto the ball. With 10 seconds to go, Sam Clancy intercepted a back-door pass intended for Jim Spanarkal from Bob Bender, dribbled the length of the floor, missed a 15-foot jumper, grabbed the rebound from Mike Gminski and dropped in an easy layup with two seconds left to give Pitt a 71-69 upset win.
  • 9/15/1979 - Freshman quarterback Dan Marino celebrated his 18th birthday by playing in his first collegiate game at Pitt Stadium. In the season opener against Kansas, Marino threw a touchdown pass to Ralph Still on his third attempt. The Panthers won, 24-0.
  • 12/1/1979 - An 83-65 season-opening win against Bucknell was Pitt's 200th victory at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 12/25/1979 - The Panthers wrapped up an 11-1 season with a 16-10 win against Arizona at the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 1979-80 - The Pitt men's swimming and diving team ran its dual-meet win streak to 28, the nation's longest at the time.
  • 1980 - Hugh Green won the Lombardi Award
  • 1980 - Hugh Green became the first defensive player to win the Walter Camp Award
  • 1980 - Offensive tackle Mark May was awarded the Outland Trophy.
  • 1980 - Swimmer Stu Swanson earned All-America status in the 200 backstroke for the second consecutive season.
  • 3/7/1980 - One day after his team lost to Duquesne, 65-63, in an NIT first-round game at the Civic Arena, basketball coach Tim Grgurich announced his resignation.
  • 3/28/1980 - Roy Chipman was named Pitt's new basketball coach during a press conference during the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic at the Civic Arena.
  • 11/8/1980 - Hugh Green (1977-80) an amazing player, and arguably the most devastating defensive end in collegiate history has his #99 jersey retired during the final home game of the season.
  • 11/21/1980 - The Panthers clinched their second straight Lambert Trophy as the top football team in the East with their second straight win against Penn State at Beaver Stadium. Pitt prevailed, 14-9.
  • 12/17/1980 - Hugh Green received the Maxwell Award in Philadelphia.
  • 12/29/1980 - The Panthers concluded their second consecutive 11-1 season with a 37-9 defeat of South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. Pitt ended the season ranked No. 2 in both wire service polls, and No. 1 in the first New York Times Poll.
  • 1980-1 - Sam Clancy calls it a career at Pitt. Clancy was the Panthers' first four-year starter and became the greatest rebounder in school's history with 1,342 career boards. Clancy then went onto a sterling NFL career and played defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns.
  • 1980-81 - Roy Chipman is named Pitt head coach and in his first year guides the Panthers to the first-ever Eastern 8 Championship. The Panthers lose to eventual NCAA runner-up, North Carolina, in the NCAA tournament.
  • 1981 - University of Pittsburgh officials accept an invitation to join the Big East Conference for the 1982-83 academic calendar year.
  • 1981 - The Pitt men's gymnastics team sent a group of representatives to the NCAA Championships.
  • 3/7/1981 - Pitt defeated Duquesne, 64-60, in the championship game of the Eastern 8 Tournament at the Civic Arena, to earn an automatic NCAA bid.
  • 3/13/1981 - Dwayne Wallace's game-winning shot in the final seconds gave the Panthers an exciting 70-69 win against Idaho in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at El Paso, Texas.
  • 10/10/1981 - With injured quarterback Dan Marino unable to play because of a shoulder injury, Pitt failed to complete a single pass in its game at West Virginia, but the Panthers' defense was up to the challenge. Pitt 17, WVU 0.
  • 11/14/1981 - Pitt ran its home winning streak at Pitt Stadium to 20 games with a 48-0 victory against Army.
  • 1982 - In the Fall, Pitt announces that it will join the Big East Conference. Pitt became the ninth member of the Big East.
  • 1982 - Dan Marino's #13 is retired
  • 1982 - Gymnast Lisa Shirk became the first Pittsburgh female to win an individual championship on the uneven bars
  • 1982 - Pitt wins the Eastern 8 crown for the second straight year and advances to the NCAA tournament once again. It is also Pitt's first 20-win season in eight years. More importantly, the Panthers announce they are joining the Big East Conference.
  • 1982 - The women's volleyball team, coached by Shelton Collier, reached the Top 20 for the first time in school history. Julie Gaul was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Tournament.
  • 1/1/1982 - Dan Marino's 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Brown on a fourth-down play with 42 seconds remaining lifts the Panthers to a thrilling 24-20 win against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. It was Jackie Sherrill's last game as Pitt's coach.
  • 3/2/1982 - Sparked by Clyde Vaughan and Dwayne Wallace, Pitt won its second straight Eastern 8 Tournament title, upsetting top-seeded West Virginia 79-72 at a soldout Civic Arena. Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament once again. It is also Pitt's first 20-win season in eight years.
  • 9/9/1982 - Pitt defeated North Carolina, 7-6, at Three Rivers Stadium in the debut of new coach Foge Fazio.
  • 12/6/1982 - The Pitt men's gymnastics team hosted the Russian University National Team at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 1982-3 - John Vasvary is Pitt's new men's track and field coach, replacing Mike Agostinella.
  • 1983 - Tony LaCava finished his baseball career with a .409 career batting average, the best in Panther history.
  • 1983 - In the first year of Big East competition, the Panthers go 13-15, but gain national attention when they upset three Top 10 Big East teams - Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's - at the Field House.
  • 1983 - Leo Bemis spent his final season as Pitt's soccer coach. He was replaced by one of his former star players, Joe Luxbacher.
  • 1983 - Roger Kingdom won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.54 and earns All-American status at the NCAA Championship
  • 1983 - Wrestler Jeff Jelic won his second consecutive EWL title.
  • 1/22/1983 - The Pitt basketball team defeats Seton Hall, 78-68, for its first win in the Big East Conference.
  • 2/1/1983 - The Panthers fell behind early but rallied to upset No. 5 St. John's and All-America Chris Mullin 72-71. Clyde Vaughan and Andre Williams scored 24 points apiece. Billy Culbertson sank 6-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. The victory over the Redmen was on of three major upsets the Panthers would achieve during their inaugural season in the Big East Conference.
  • 2/7/1983 - Six days after its upset of St. John's, the Panthers defeated nationally ranked Syracuse in the Field House. Four players in double-figures fueled the victory, including Clyde Vaughan (24 points), Billy Culbertson (17), George Allen (14), and Trent Johnson (11).
  • 2/19/1983 - The Panthers overcame a seven-point deficit with 4:25 remaining to upset Georgetown and Patrick Ewing 65-63. Center Andre Williams scored fie critical points down the stretch and Clyde Vaughan finished with a game-high 22 in the victory. It was Pittsburgh's third straight upset of a Big East power at FItzgerlad Field House, having knocked off Syracuse and St. John's during the three week prior weeks.
  • 2/19/1983 - The Pitt men's swimming and diving team won the Big East title in its first season of conference competition.
  • 2/19/1983 - Pitt's women's swimming and diving won the Big East championship.
  • 2/19/1983 - Swimmer Jan Ujevich won four individual titles at the Big East Championships.
  • 10/29/1983 - Pitt beat Syracuse, 13-10, on a last-second field goal by walk-on placekicker Pat Viancourt, whose name and number weren't even listed in that day's game program.
  • 1983-4 - Judy Saurer was named Big East Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • 1984 - Bill Fralic (1981-84) has his #79 jersey retired
  • 1984 - Roger Kingdom sets American record in the 55 meter high hurdles in 7.03
  • 1984 - Roger Kingdom won an Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles
  • 1984 - Gymnast Lisa Shirk earned All-America honors.
  • 1984 - Jeff Jelic became the all-time wins leader in Pitt wrestling history with 82 victories.
  • 1/18/1984 - Kim Tirik was credited with 16 assists in a 77-61 win against West Virginia.
  • 2/18/1984 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 2nd Big East Title
  • 3/23/1984 - In an NIT loss to Notre Dame at Fitzgerald Field House, Clyde Vaughan became the first Pitt basketball player to top 2,000 points in a career.
  • 4/21/1984 - Baseball coach Bobby Lewis became Pitt's all-time winningest sports coach (368 victories). Pitt defeated Fredonia State, 4-1.
  • 11/26/1984 - Panthers Men's Basketball team records 250th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating St. Francis (PA) 104-88
  • 1984-5 - Jennifer Bruce scored a school-single season record 681 points for the women's basketball team.
  • 1985 - Charles Smith is named Big East Rookie of the Year
  • 1985 - Pitt makes its first NCAA tournament appearance as a member of the Big East
  • 1985 - The Pitt men's tennis team finished second in the Big East.
  • 1/21/1985 - Charles Smith sets school record for most FT made in game. He made 18 FT against Boston College
  • 3/2/1985 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 3rd Big East Title
  • 8/31/1985 - Pitt defeated Purdue, 31-30 in the first night game (temporary lighting) at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers held on when Purdue quarterback Jim Everett's two-point conversion pass fell short in the end zone.
  • 12/12/1985 - Mike Gottfried was named Pitt's 29th head football coach, replacing Foge Fazio.
  • 1986 - Fresh off a highly successful stint at Navy, Paul Evans becomes Pitt's 11th head basketball coach.
  • 1986 - Lee McRae sets the world and American record in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.00 seconds
  • 1986 - Lee McRae earns All-American status in 100 meter dash by winning the NCAA championship in 10.11
  • 1986 - Renee Henderson captured her third consecutive Big East Outdoor title in the 100 meters.
  • 2/22/1986 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 4th Big East Title
  • 2/22/1986 - The women's swimming and diving team completed an 11-0 dual-meet season and won its fourth straight Big East title. Tracy Pfister ended her career as a nine-time Big East champion.
  • 10/11/1986 - Pitt defeated Notre Dame, 10-9, on a last-minute field goal by Jeff VanHorne at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • 11/8/1986 - Craig "Ironhead" Heyward rushed for 254 yards in a loss to Miami at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1986-7 - The University of Pittsburgh had a new pair of head coaches - football coach Mike Gottfried and basketball coach Paul Evans.
  • 1987 - In April, Jerome Lane concludes the season as Pittsburgh's first NCAA statistical champion in rebounding. Lane concludes the year with a 13.5 rebounds per game average (444 in 33 GP).
  • 1987 - Pitt's 4x800-meter relay team set an NCAA Indoor record (7:20.43).
  • 1987 - Lee McRae sets NCAA & American record in the 60 meter dash in 6.50
  • 1987 - Lee McRae earns All-American status in 100 meter dash at the NCAA Championship in a time of 10.21
  • 1987 - Lee McRae earns All-American status by finishing 2nd in the 200 meter dash at the NCAA Championship in a time of 20.44
  • 1987 - Hurdler Elbert Ellis earned his second Outstanding Performance Award at the Big East Outdoor Championships.
  • 1987 - Lee McRae won 55-meter dash at NCAA Indoors (6.13).
  • 1987 - The Pitt volleyball team registered a season record of 37-5.
  • 2/14/1987 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 5th Big East Title
  • 2/14/1987 - Pitt extends its school-record Big East win streak to eight games with a 72-67 double overtime win vs. Boston College. The Panthers, rankled 10th in the country. went into overtime without 6-10 center Charles Smith who fouled out with 2:37 left in regulation. The upset-minded Eagles led 61-58 with three seconds left when freshman Rod Brookin canned a 3-pointer from the corner to force another overtime period. Four different Panthers scored in the second OT to give Pittsburgh its 21st victory of the year. Brookin finished with 15 points, Smith had 17 and Jerome Lane had 13 points and 19 boards.
  • 2/21/1987 - Jerome Lane accomplishes a rare 20-20 performance in Pitt's 76-66 win over Connecticut. The 6-6 forward scores 20 points and snags a season high 21 rebounds, in the process breaking the Big East rebounding record for a season.
  • 3/6/1987 - Pitt wins its first ever Big East tournament game, downing Seton Hall, 96-88, as walk-on guard Pat Cavanaugh sparks the win with 13 points off the bench.
  • 3/13/1987 - Pitt wins its school-record 25th victory, claiming a 93-68 NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Marist.. Two days later the Panthers' season ends at 25-8 with a loss to Oklahoma.
  • 9/19/1987 - Pitt played Temple under the lights at Pitt Stadium, the first night game using permanent lighting at Pitt Stadium.
  • 10/10/1987 - The Panthers upset previously undefeated Notre Dame, 30-27, in a nationally-televised game at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/29/1987 - The undefeated Panthers win their fifth straight holiday tournament by bouncing Alabama, 87-51, in the finals of the Red Lobster Classic. Charles Smith is named tournament MVP, while Jerome Lane and Demetreus Gore are also named to the all-tournament team.
  • 1987-8 - The Pitt basketball team won its first outright Big East regular-season title. The Panthers lost a second-round NCAA game to Vanderbilt.
  • 1987-8 - Richard Bradshaw returned to coach the men's swimming and diving team. The three subsequent seasons produced a 28-4 dual-meet record and three Big East titles.
  • 1987-8 - Wrestler Pat Santoro went 48-0 and won the NCAA title at 142 pounds. He earned All-America honors for the third straight year and finished his Panther career with a record of 109-8.
  • 1988 - Baseball player Bill Sherbondy was named Big East Rookie of the Year.
  • 1988 - Charles Smith was 3rd pick of the first round of the 1988 NBA draft
  • 1988 - Jerome Lane is selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft
  • 1988 - Roger Kingdom won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter high hurdles, this time in Seoul, South Korea.
  • 1988 - Lee McRae won 55-meter dash at NCAA Indoors (6.09).
  • 1988 - Roger Kingdom won his second Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles
  • 1988 - Shelton Collier finished his term as volleyball coach with a winning percentage of .758, the best in school history.
  • 1988 - Pat Santoro won NCAA championship 142-pound division
  • 1/4/1988 - Pitt is ranked 2nd in AP, its highest ranking ever in the national polls
  • 1/25/1988 - At 16:36 of the first half versus Providence and in front of an ESPN Monday night audience, Jerome Lane smashes a Fitzgerald Field House backboard with a thunderous slam dunk. Lane took a fast break pass from Sean Miller and shattered the backboard which caused a 30-minute game delay. Leading just 8-5 at the delay, the Panthers defeated Providence 90-56 and went on to capture the Big East title and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The Television commentator Bill Raftery made his famous call, "Send it home Jerome" and the night was labeled, "The Night the House Came Down."
  • 2/10/1988 - The largest crowd ever to see a college basketball game in Pittsburgh (16,798) witnesses a Mellon Arena Pittsburgh-Syracuse clash. Syracuse claims the win with a 84-75 victory.
  • 2/13/1988 - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their sixth straight Big East Conference titles.
  • 3/6/1988 - In the biggest game of the year, Pitt records one of the most significant wins in its history when the Panthers edge Syracuse, 85-84, at the Carrier Dome and claim their first ever undisputed Big East Championship. Jerome Lane scores a career-high 29 points along with 15 rebounds and Charles Smith sinks two free throws with 0:17 to go to secure the win. Smith scores 25 points in his final home game. Pitt ends the regular season at 12-4 in the Big East.
  • 3/13/1988 - Pitt is seeded second in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The No. 2 seed is Pitt's best-ever in school history.
  • 3/20/1988 - After defeating Eastern Michigan in the NCAA Tournament's first round, Pitt loses an 80-74 overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt. A Vanderbilt three-pointer ties the game at the buzzer in regulation. Charles Smith scores 21 points and grabs 10 rebounds in his final appearance in a Panthers uniform.
  • 1989 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Indoor title.
  • 1989 - Eric Cannon earns All-American status finishing 2nd in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.21
  • 1989 - Elbert Ellis earns All-American status by finishing 8th in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 13.78
  • 1989 - The volleyball team captured the Big East title.
  • 1989 - Pat Santoro became 3rd Panther to win multiple national titles when he won the NCAA championship in the 142-pound divisions
  • 1/15/1989 - A jam-packed Field House crowd stood the entire game as Brian Shorter's 37 points and 12 rebounds sparked the Panthers to a 99-91 upset over No. 2 Oklahoma. Rod Brookin scored 24 points, grabbed eight boards and had four steals. The Panthers would knock off five Top 10 foes during the '88-89 campaign en route to their third straight NCAA Tournament.
  • 2/12/1989 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 7th Big East Title
  • 2/20/1989 - Billy Knight has his number retired as Pitt registers its 300th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating Villanova, 88-80.
  • 12/2/1989 - In its first game overseas, the Pitt football team defeated Rutgers, 46-29, in the Emerald Isle Classic played in Dublin.
  • 12/30/1989 - Paul Hackett, who had been the team's offensive coordinator, was named Pitt's new football coach in the locker room prior to the team's 31-28 win against Texas A&M in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
  • 1990 - Bobby Lewis retired after 36 seasons as baseball coach. His record was 402-293.
  • 1990 - Keith Dowling was the Big East Cross Country champion.
  • 1990 - Diver Jon Sharkey won both diving events for the second straight year at the Big East Championships.
  • 1990 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship.
  • 1990 - Sue Woodstra was named Big East Volleyball Coach of the Year.
  • 1/20/1990 - Bobby Martin ties school record for most blocked shot in a game at Fitzgerald Field House with 7 against Seton Hall
  • 2/11/1990 - Brian Shorter sets school record with perfect FG Pct. versus Providence. He made all 11 of his shots attempted.
  • 2/11/1990 - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their eighth straight Big East titles.
  • 12/18/1990 - Lorri Johnson became the all-time leading scorer (2,312 points) in Pitt women's basketball history. On Dec. 18, 1990, she scored a school single-game record 45 points in a 111-97 win against Kent State.
  • 1990-1 - Jonna Huemrich was named Big East Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year.
  • 1991 - Debbie Yohman was named ECAC Women's Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
  • 1991 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship. All-American Allison Williams finished her career as an eight-time Big East champion.
  • 1/26/1991 - The Pitt women's basketball team defeated Connecticut, 61-59, at Fitzgerald Field House, snapping what had been the nation's longest current winning streak at 14 games.
  • 2/5/1991 - The Big East announces it will begin sponsoring football with eight schools. Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse already are league regulars. Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are invited as football-only members.
  • 2/10/1991 - The women's swimming and diving team won its ninth consecutive Big East title under the direction of coach David Belowich.
  • 3/3/1991 - Lorri Johnson became the Pitt women's basketball all-time scoring leader in her final game as a Panther. She finished with 2,312 points.
  • 9/28/1991 - Freshman Curtis Martin's 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Panthers a 14-13 win against Minnesota at the Humphrey Metrodome.
  • 11/22/1991 - Darren Morningstar powered his way to 27 points to help lead the Panthers to an 85-67 win against Kentucky at Rupp Arena in a PreSeason NIT game.
  • 1991-2 - John Tegano became the all-time wins leader (54) in Pitt men's tennis history.
  • 1991-2 - Ann Marie Lucanie was named Big East Volleyball Player of the Year. On Sept. 13, 1991, Lucanie set a school single-match record for kills (37) in a match against Auburn.
  • 1991-2 - Wrestler Scott Hovan (158 pounds) earned All-America status and heavyweight Perry Miller went 23-1 during the regular season.
  • 1992 - Former goalkeeper Adam Spitzer was the first Panther to ever earn Big East Conference player of the week
  • 1992 - Ann Marie Lucanie was named MVP of the Big East Women's Volleyball Tournament for the third consecutive year. The following year she became the first athlete in Big East history to be named Big East Player of the Year three times in any sport.
  • 2/22/1992 - The men's swimming and diving team won its 10th straight Big East championship.
  • 9/17/1992 - In a game against Rutgers, Pitt quarterback Alex Van Pelt surpassed Dan Marino as Pitt's all-time passing yardage leader.
  • 12/11/1992 - John Majors returned to Pittsburgh as football coach, having spent the previous 16 seasons as coach at his alma mater, Tennessee.
  • 1993 - Gymnast Genaro Severino was named an All-American and won the all-around championship at ECAC's.
  • 1/16/1993 - A 3-point bomb by freshman Garrick Thomas broke a 73-73 tie with four seconds remaining, lifting the Panthers to an upset of No. 7 Seton Hall 76-73. Thomas finished with 16 points, while teammate Chris McNeal had 19 points and 11 rebounds. The win helped Pittsburgh to its fifth NCAA bid under Paul Evans.
  • 9/2/1993 - The Panthers registered a 14-10 win at Southern Mississippi in the first game under new coach John Majors.
  • 1993-4 - The women's basketball team, coached by Kirk Bruce, finished its season with a 21-10 record and a third-place finish at the Women's National Invitation Tournament in Amarillo, Texas.
  • 1994 - Pitt baseball team won the Big East regular season title with a record of 16-5 and Josh Tyler was named Big East Player of the Year.
  • 1994 - Tony Dorsett is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • 1994 - Ralph Willard was introduced as the University of Pittsburgh's new basketball coach.
  • 1994 - Eric Prex finished his soccer career tied with Joe Luxbacher for most points scored (84) in a career.
  • 1994 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship.
  • 1994 - Allison Williams concluded a great collegiate track and field career by being named the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also received Pitt's Blue-Gold Award.
  • 1994 - The Pitt men's track and field team captured the Big East Outdoor title.
  • 1994 - Pitt won its eighth consecutive Big East volleyball conference tournament.
  • 2/26/1994 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 11th Big East Title
  • 12/17/1994 - Andre Aldridge sets school record for most 3 Pt FG attempts with 15 in game vs. Georgia
  • 1995 - Panthers former All-American offensive lineman, Ruben Brown is selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of NFL Draft
  • 1995 - Curtis Martin is drafted by the New England Patriots and is later named NFL Rookie of the Year
  • 1995 - Pitt was one of eight universities to join a newly-formed women's gymnastics conference, the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).
  • 1995 - The men's soccer team went 14-6-1 and advanced to the finals of the Big East Tournament, where it was defeated by St. John's. Joe Luxbacher was named Big East Coach of the Year.
  • 1995 - Swimmer Matt Brady left Pitt as a six-time Big East champion, including three straight first-place finishes in the 400-IM.
  • 1995 - Najuma Fletcher won the triple jump (44-2 3/4) at NCAA Indoors.
  • 1995 - Pitt wrestling team registered its first victory against Penn State since 1975.
  • 1995 - The Pitt baseball team, under the direction of Coach Mark Jackson, won the Big East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA's. The Panthers won 39 games during the season. Joe DeBernardis was named MVP of the Big East Tournament. Pitcher Tedde Campbell set school single-season records for victories (15), strikeouts (109), appearances (26) and innings pitched (135.0).
  • 12/28/1995 - Panthers Men's Basketball team record 350th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating Brown, 95-47
  • 1996 - Soccer goalkeeper Adam Spitzer ended his career with 25 shutouts, a school record.
  • 1996 - Diver Sunday Lewandowski won the Big East's one-meter diving event.
  • 1996 - Diver Sunday Lewandowski became a four-time Big East champion.
  • 1996 - Najuma Fletcher won the high jump (6-0 3/4) at NCAA Indoors. Fletcher also earned her third consecutive Outstanding Field Performer citation at the Big East Outdoor Championships.
  • 1996 - Women's soccer made its debut as Pittsburgh's 18th varsity sport. The Panthers, under the direction of coach Roland Sturk, played their first home game against Canisius at Pitt Stadium on Sept. 21, 1996.
  • 1996 - Hugh Green selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 10/28/1996 - Steve Pederson is appointed as new Athletic Director, succeeding Oval Jaynes. Says priorities are revitalizing football program, building new basketball arena
  • 11/30/1996 - John Majors' final game as a college football coach - Pitt defeated Rutgers, 24-9, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/16/1996 - New Director of Athletics Steve Pederson introduces a new football coach, Walt Harris, who had been an assistant coach at Ohio State.
  • 1996-7 - The women's tennis team won a single-season school-record 17 matches.
  • 1997 - A Pete Gonzalez to Terry Murphy touchdown pass in the third overtime gave Pitt a dramatic 41-38 victory against West Virginia at Mountaineer Field in the regular season finale. The victory put the Panthers in the AXA/Equitable Liberty Bowl against Southern Mississippi.
  • 1997 - Trecia-Kaye Smith was named NCAA National Track Athlete of the Year
  • 1997 - Diver Jamie Tomazich earned All-America honors on the one-meter board.
  • 1997 - Diver John Soulakis achieved All-America status in both 3-meter and platform diving.
  • 1997 - Soccer goalkeeper Nicole Bashor had a school single-season record five shutouts.
  • 1997 - Wrestler John Withrow became the first Pitt wrestler to receive All-America honors in three different weight classes. He was named the Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year in 1997.
  • 2/12/1997 - Behind one of the most brilliant individual offensive performances in Fitzgerald Field House history, Pittsburgh knocked off nationally ranked Villanova 95-89. Snior sharpshooter, Jason Maile scored 40 points and nailed eight 3-pointers. Maile was virtually unconscious in the second half, hitting all eight of his shots, including six treys as the Panthers wiped out a seven-point deficit. Vonteego Cummings had a big night as well, scroing 26 points and handing out seven assits.
  • 2/21/1997 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 12th Big East Title
  • 5/25/1997 - Trecia Smith set an NCAA outdoor record in the long jump (21-10). Smith was named the NCAA's National Track Athlete of the Year. She won seven individual national titles while representing Pitt. Smith also won NCAA Indoor title in the same event (21-10 1/4).
  • 8/4/1997 - Pitt unveils new colors, football uniforms and logo, replacing the script Pitt logo used since 1970.
  • 9/18/1997 - An ESPN TV audience watched Pitt defeat the Miami Hurricanes, 21-17, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 9/18/1997 - Mike Ditka (1958-60) has his #89 jersey retired
  • 9/18/1997 - Marshall Goldberg (1936-38) has his #42 jersey retired
  • 9/18/1997 - Joe Schmidt (1950-52) has his #65 jersey retired
  • 10/25/1997 - Pete Gonzalez threw a school single-game record seven touchdown passes in the Panthers' 55-48 double-overtime victory at Rutgers.
  • 12/1/1997 - Pitt football team, after 6-5 season, accepts invitation to the Liberty Bowl, Pitt's first bowl since 1989
  • 1998 - Former offensive lineman, Bill Fralic (1981-84) is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 1998 - Former Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino (1979-82) is named NFL Man of the Year.
  • 1998 - Softball was added as Pittsburgh's 19th varsity sports team, with Michelle Phalen as its first coach.
  • 1998 - Swimmer Jon Haggerty ended his career as a six-time Big East champion.
  • 1998 - Fran Davis became the school's all-time women's tennis wins leader with 124.
  • 1998 - Trecia Smith won two NCAA title at NCAA Indoors - long jump (21-6 1/4) and triple jump (46-1 1/4). She also won the triple jump (45-10 1/2) that same year at NCAA Outdoors.
  • 1998 - Women's Track Team finishes 3rd at NCAA indoor championship. This was their highest finish ever.
  • 1998 - The Pitt women's soccer team earned a berth in the Big East playoffs in only its second season of conference play. In a game against Wagner, Cande Ruiz recorded 10 points (three goals, four assists), a school record for points in one game.
  • 1/21/1998 - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge announces at a news conference that a financial commitment in state funds have been committed to the University of Pittsburgh for construction of capital projects including the new Convocation Center
  • 2/20/1998 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 13th Big East Title
  • 3/4/1998 - Vonteego Cummings scored 37 points, but they weren't enough as Villanova defeated Pitt, 96-93, in two overtimes at the Big East Tournament.
  • 4/13/1998 - Traci Waites hired as Women's Basketball coach, replacing Kirk Bruce, who had resigned
  • 6/3/1998 - In an effort to get more affiliates to carry football and basketball broadcasts, Pitt ends its 19-year relationship with WTAE-AM, forms its own radio network and chooses KQV-AM as its flagship station. The flagship is shifted to WRRK-FM two years later
  • 11/10/1998 - UPMC announces plans for a South Side sports complex, which will include practice facilities for Pitt and the Steelers
  • 11/27/1998 - The Panthers ran their early basketball record to 6-0 with a 68-56 win against Kentucky at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
  • 1999 - Panther baseball team plays first ever night home game under the lights at Trees Field 1999 - Former Panther star Drew Kopp was drafted by the A-League's Hershey Wildcats
  • 1999 - Softball's Jackie Haar hit a Pitt single-season record 15 home runs.
  • 1999 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Indoor Championship.
  • 1999 - Trecia Smith won the long jump (21-5 1/4) at NCAA Indoors and the long jump (21-8 1/4) at NCAA Outdoors.
  • 1999 - Volleyball player Kelly Meyers was awarded the University's Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year Award, becoming the first female student-athlete to receive the honor.
  • 2/1/1999 - Men's Basketball coach Ralph Willard announced his resignation, effective at the end of the 1998-99 season.
  • 2/13/1999 - Gymnast Danielle "Freddie" Alba set a school record (39.40) for all-around performance. Alba also was named EAGL Gymnast of the Year for the 1999 season.
  • 2/27/1999 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 14th Big East Title
  • 3/8/1999 - After building a strong program and directing one of the best single season turnarounds in NCAA hostory, Ben Howland is named as the 13th head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 3/18/1999 - Pitt trustees vote to raze 75 year-old Pitt Stadium after the 1999 season, play the 2000 season in Three Rivers Stadium, then move to the new Steleers stadium. The new arena will be built on the Pitt Stadium site.
  • 6/22/1999 - It is announced that alumnus John Petersen and his wife, Gertrude, donate $10 million toward the construction of the convocation center, which will be named for them. It is the largest individual gift ever at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/13/1999 - The Panthers closed down Pitt Stadium in grand style, defeating Notre Dame, 37-27, before a capacity, overflow crowd.
  • 1999-2000 - Traci Waites was named Big East Women's Basketball Coach of the Year and the Panthers earned an invitation to the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
  • 1999-2000 - Antonio Bryant earns honors as 47th Consensus All-American
  • 2000 - Gymnast Lisa Fronhofer was named EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • 2000 - The men's soccer team finished with its highest single-season winning percentage (.722) in school history. The Panthers went 13-5.
  • 2000 - Justin Gaul became Pitt's first soccer player to be named Big East Player of the Week twice in one season.
  • 2000 - Pitcher Nikki Gasti's 10 victories for the softball team established a school single-season record.
  • 2000 - Chante Earle earns All-American status by winning the NCAA Championship 800 meters with a time of 2:02.19
  • 2000 - Rachel Brown sets school record with 16 saves in game vs. Notre Dame
  • 2000 - Rachel Brown is named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. She is the first Panther women's soccer to be named a conference player of the year.
  • 2/19/2000 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 15th Big East Title
  • 3/4/2000 - Women's gymnastics team registered school record for points (195.925) in competition with Ohio State and Michigan State.
  • 6/15/2000 - The Official Groundbreaking for the John M and Gertrude E. Peterson Events Center on the former site of Pitt Stadium.
  • 9/16/2000 - Pitt defeats Penn State, 12-0, at Three Rivers Stadium in the last meeting of the rivals.
  • 9/29/2000 - Spencer Barton pulled off a hat trick in a 3-2 soccer win at Notre Dame.
  • 11/4/2000 - The "Dan Marino Room" is dedicated in the Duratz Athletic Complex
  • 12/17/2000 - Antonio Bryant received the Biletnikoff Award, recognizing him as the nations' most outstanding wide receiver.
  • 2001 - Swimmer Eric Limkemann established school records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles.
  • 2001 - Mike Grube set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and was part of three school-record-holding relay units.
  • 2001 - Diving coach Julian Krug was named diving coach of the year
  • 2001 - Dana Jafarian concluded her tennis career second on Pitt's all-time wins list (120).
  • 1/20/2001 - The Panthers handed Georgetown its first basketball loss of the season, 70-66, in a game played at the MCI Center.
  • 2/17/2001 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 16th Big East Title
  • 3/9/2001 - Isaac Hawkins' free throw with three seconds remaining in overtime gave Pitt a thrilling 55-54 win against Syracuse in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. The win put the Panthers in the championship game of the tournament for the first time.
  • 8/17/2001 - Pittsburgh unveils Online Ticketing Center at www.pittsburghpanthers.com
  • 9/1/2001 - Quarterback David Priestley scores first touchdown at Heinz Field with an 85-yard run.
  • 9/1/2001 - The Panthers defeated East Tennessee State, 31-0, in the first college football game played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
  • 9/27/2001 - Mark May (1977-80) received yet another honor for his illustrious collegiate career when he becomae the eighth player to have his jersey retired at Pittsburgh. "Without a doubt, this is one of the highest athletic achievements of my career and I've been to three Super Bowls, played in the Pro Bowl and was on some great teams at the University of Pittsburgh," May said. "It is even more of an honor to have your number retired at a school with the football tradition of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/3/2001 - Tony Dorsett (1973-76) received yet another honor when the Sports and Exhibition Authority approved a measure to change the name of Martindale Street, which is adjacent to Heinz Field, to "Tony Dorsett Drive." The street was unveiled with a ceremony prior to Pittsburgh's game with Virginia Tech.
  • 11/9/2001 - Rachel Brown was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season.
  • 12/8/2001 - Pitt, playing Penn State in men's basketball at Fitzgerald Field House for the first time in 20 years, defeated the Nittany Lions, 83-53, the largest margin of victory by the Panthers in the all-time series.
  • 12/19/2001 - The Panthers ran their season-ending winning streak to six games with a 34-19 win against North Carolina State in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl.
  • 2002 - Gymnast Nathalie Sulpher set a school record on the vault.
  • 2002 - In April, Ben Howland becomes the University of Pittsburgh's first coach since Johnny Majors in 1976 to garner national coach of the year honors. Howland earns five national coach of the year honors.
  • 2002 - In November, Pittsburgh is ranked preseason No. 4, its highest ranking since a No. 4 ranking to start the 1987-88 campaign.
  • 2002 - Chuck Knoles was named Big East Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth time. Pitt swimmers set three meet records at the 2002 Big East meet. A school-record eight Panthers represented Pitt at the NCAA's.
  • 2002 - Chantee Earl won the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • 1/7/2002 - Following a 77-74 victory at Boston College and armed with a 14-1 record, surprising Pittsburgh is ranked for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It was the start of 32 consecutive weeks ranked in both major polls.
  • 2/10/2002 - The Panthers stormed back from a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Syracuse, 75-63, at the Carrier Dome, Pitt's third consecutive basketball victory against the Orangemen.
  • 2/23/2002 - The men's swimming and diving team captured its 17th Big East title, and its ninth under Head Coach Chuck Knoles.
  • 2/26/2002 - Pitt clinched the Big East's West Division with a 73-66 overtime decision against Seton Hall, in overtime, at Continental Airlines Arena.
  • 3/2/2002 - The Pitt women's swimming and diving team captured its first ECAC title.
  • 3/5/2002 - Ben Howland was named Big East Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and Brandin Knight was selected Co-Player of the Year during a special banquet on the eve of the 2002 Big East Tournament.
  • 3/7/2002 - With a 76-62 victory over Boston College in the Big East Tournament semifinal, Pittsburgh sets a new school record for season victories surpassing the previous school-record of 25 wins set in 1986-87.
  • 3/9/2002 - The Panthers dropped a thrilling 74-65 double-overtime decision to Connecticut in the finals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
  • 3/10/2002 - Pitt men's basketball team gets NCAA tournament bid after posting 27-5 season. It is the first NCAA bid in nine years.
  • 3/17/2002 - Pitt defeated California, 63-50, in the second round of the NCAA's at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, sending the men's basketball team to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.
  • 3/21/2002 - Kent State defeats Pittsburgh 78-73 in overtime in NCAA Sweet Sixteen play. Pittsburgh closes out the 2001-02 season with a 29-6 record, NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance, Big East West championship, its first league title of any kind since the 1987-88 campaign.
  • 4/6/2002 - Debbie Yohman was named NCAA Northeast Region Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
  • 6/5/2002 - Coach Ben Howland receives the City of Champions Achievement Award
  • 6/5/2002 - Debbie Yohman was named NCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
  • 8/1/2002 - Alonzo Webb named Head Track & Field Coach
  • 8/31/2002 - Pittsburgh announces that the entire 2002-03 men's basketball season has become a sellout for the 12,508-seat Petersen Events Center. A significant achievement since Pitt previously played in the 6,978-set Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 11/2/2002 - Rod Rutherford threw three touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Miree scored the game-winning touchdown on a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter in Pitt's 28-21 upset of previously unbeaten and third-ranked Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.
  • 11/23/2002 - The University of Pittsburgh opens the brand-new Petersen Events Center with an 82-67 fefeat of Duquesne. The sell-out crowd of 12,508 set a new Pittsburgh record for the largest on-campus basketball crowd in school history.
  • 12/22/2002 - Pittsburgh ascends to a school-record tying No. 2 national ranking by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today. It is the highest Pitt has been ranked since the 1988 season and the first of eight national rankings on the year at the No. 2 spot.
  • 1/25/2003 - Pitt women's basketball hosts Connecticut at the Petersen Events Center in front of a crowd of 12,632, establishing a new city of Pittsburgh women's basketball attendance record.
  • 2/22/2003 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 18th Big East Title
  • 2003 - Senior Carl Fronhofer completed an incredible run at the NCAA Championships as an unseeded wrester at 174 pounds, winning five consecutive bouts and advancing to the finals to earn his first All-America honor.
  • 3/5/2003 - Pittsburgh's winningest four-class of Brandin Knight, Ontario Lett, and Donatas Zavackas plays its final home game. The trio finished with a school-best 89-40 four-year record.
  • 3/9/2003 - Pittsburgh clinches its second consecutive Big East West regular season title with a 56-54 victory at Villanova. Villanova played with just seven players after seven players were suspended for making unauthorized phone calls.
  • 3/15/2003 - In its third consecutive Big East title game appearance, Pittsburgh claims its first-ever Big East Tournament Championship with a 74-56 victory over Connecticut. Julius Page is named tournament MVP while Brandin Knight earns all tourney honors. Knight, whose dive after a loose ball personifies the Panthers work ethic, set Big East Tournament records for assits and steals.
  • 3/23/2003 - With a 74-52 victory over Indiana in the NCAA Second Round in Boston, Pittsburgh earns its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
  • 3/27/2003 - Sue-Moy Chin named Head Women's Soccer Coach
  • 4/15/2003 - Jamie Dixon is named the University of Pittsburgh's 14th men's basketball coach
  • 5/1/2003 - Pittsburgh names Agnus Berenato Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • 5/16/2003 - University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg announced that Jeffrey P. Long has been named the new athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/23/2003 - The Panthers sweep host Notre Dame, 3-0, for its 11th Big East title and ended the Fighting Irish's 58-match home winning streak against conference opponents.
  • 12/5/03 - Pitt's 3-1 victory over Penn in the First Round of the NCAA Championship is the Panthers' first in nine years and just the third in the program's history
  • 2003 Francesca DiMaria earned Pitt softball's first-ever All-Conference First Team selection.
  • 2003-04 Hayley Hughes (Women's Tennis) became the sixth Panther to earn a spot in the 100 Victory Club.
  • 2004 - Men's Swimming and Diving wins Big East Championship.
  • 3/6/2004 - Pitt clinches the Big East men's basketball championship with a 59-45 victory over Villanova in the Petersen Events Center, finishing 13-3 in league play.
  • 3/9/2004 - Pitt men's basketball dominates the Big East's annual awards presentation by taking home the Coach of the Year (Jamie Dixon), Rookie of the Year (Chris Taft), Sportsmanship (Jaron Brown) and Most Improved (Carl Krauser) honors.
  • 2004 - Swimming and Diving's Eric Limkemann and Carolyne Savini both win the Blue-Gold Award.
  • 6/3/2004 - Pitt senior P.J. Hiser is named a First Team All-American by Louisville Slugger, becoming the first Panther to earn First Team All-America honors in the history of the program.
  • 6/26/2004 - Pitt sweeps the Big East's annual baseball awards as Joe Jordano (Coach of the Year), Nick Evangelista (Co-Pitcher of the Year), P.J. Hiser (Player of the Year) and Jim Negrych (Freshman of the Year) earn the conference's top accolades.
  • 8/23/2004 - The ribbon is cut and the new Gymnastics Training Facility opens in Pitt's Trees Hall.
  • 11/1/2004 - Larry Fitzgerald, an eventual unanimous All-American and winner of the prestigious Biletnikoff and Walter Camp awards, sets an NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in his 14th consecutive game in a 24-13 win at Boston College.
  • 11/13/2004 - Pitt defeats Notre Dame, 41-38, on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Cummings with one second remaining.
  • 11/25/2004 - Pitt upends West Virginia, 16-13, and clinches its first-ever berth in the Bowl Championship Series. The Panthers capture a share of the Big East title and earn an invite to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
  • 11/29/04 - The Panthers earn their first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Championship after finishing the regular season with a 21-10 mark. It is Pitt's second consecutive trip to nationals and the 11th in its history.
  • 12/23/2004 - Dave Wannstedt is named the 34th head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2004 - Pitt's Maureen McCandless captured the NCAA regional title and went on to earn All-America honors with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
  • 2004 - For the first time in school history, two runners finished in the top 25 at the regional championships - Maureen McCandless (1st) and Lauren Shaffer (24th)
  • 2004-05 Jill Williams joined the 100 Victory Club with 104 wins in her career.
  • 2005 - The Panthers combined to bring home seven top-10 finishes in team competitions.
  • 2005 Julian Krug was named Big East Diving Coach of the Year.
  • 2005 Dennis Nemtsanov garnered the Big East Diver of the Year award.
  • 2005 Women's Swimming and Diving Garnered Academic All-America Accolades
  • 2/21/2005 - Pitt's women's track and field team captures the Big East Indoor Championship for the first time since 1999, and Maureen McCandless (Most Outstanding Track Performer), Amanda Walker (Most Outstanding Field Performer) and the Pitt coaching staff (Coaching Staff of the Year) earn the top individual honors.
  • 2005 - Wrestler Drew Headlee becomes the Panthers' second All-American in three years, finishing in eighth place at 133 pounds.
  • 2005 - Leila Tait received an NCAA bid after placing first on the balance beam at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.
  • 3/14/2005 - Justin Clickett and Amanda Walker both earn All-America honors at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • 4/17/2005 - Pitt Head Coach Joe Jordano earns his 500th career victory in the Panthers' 8-3 victory over Villanova.
  • 9/16/05 - Senior Megan McGrane became the 13th player in NCAA Division I history to record 2,000 digs in a career when she passed the milestone at Ohio State. McGrane finished her career with a school-record 2,424 digs - the fourth most in NCAA annals.
  • 11/6/05 - Pitt's 3-2 comeback victory over fifth-ranked Notre Dame marked the highest-ranked opponent that the Panthers defeated in the 32-year history of the program. It was also the third time in two years that Pitt upset the nationally ranked Fighting Irish.
  • 2005 - Three Panthers earned All-America honors after top finishes at the NCAA Championships: Amanda Walker (shot put), Justin Clickett (shot put) and Tony Bonura (javelin)
  • 2005 - The women's track and field team had an award-winning season, capturing both the indoor and outdoor titles at the Big East Championships and the ECAC Championships. The team won 14 conference titles and had three "Outstanding Performers" in the Big East. Additionally, Head Coach Alonzo Webb and his staff received the "Coaching Staff of the Year" award.
  • 2005-06 - Kristy Borza (Women's Tennis) tied the most wins in a season record at 26 and tied the most doubles wins in a season record at 21, as well.
  • 2005-06 - Women's Tennis Earns First Big East Championship berth in six seasons.
  • 2005-06 - Women's Tennis Head Coach George Dieffenbach earned his 250th career win.
  • 2005-06 - Freshman Kristy Borza (Women's Tennis) opened her career with an 8-0 streak.
  • 2006 - Panthers' Gymnastics earned their second consecutive invitation to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.
  • 2006 - Women's Swimming and Diving rewrote six school records.
  • 2006 - Kristin Caiazzo was named the Big East Diver of the Year and advanced to the NCAAs.
  • 2006 - Jordan Wallace, Stacie Safritt, Kelly Redcay, Kristin Brown (Swimming) became the first relay team to qualify for the NCAAs since the 1980s.
  • 2006 - Women's Swimming and Diving earned Academic All-American honors.
  • 2006 - Amy Miteff (Women's Swimming) earned Academic All-District Second Team honors.
  • 2006 - Darryl Washington, Tommy Bird, Jeff Leath and Jason Miller (Swimming) set the school record in the 200 free relay at 1:19.56.
  • 2006 - Jeremy Stultz (Men's Swimming) earned Big East Diver of the Year honors and advanced to the NCAAs.
  • 2006 - Men's Swimming records third-consecutive 10-win season.
  • 2006 - Men's Swimming ranked in the top-25 by CSCAA.
  • 2006 - Panthers Softball set program records in wins (32), hits (382), batting average (.259), RBI (208), triples (14), runs (235), stolen bases (85), walks (157), conference wins (10) and consecutive road wins (6).
  • 2006 - Five Panthers (Softball) set individual records, as well.
  • 2006 - Joey Scarf (Softball) became the second Panther to earn All-Big East First Team honors.
  • 2006 - Laura Belardinelli (Softball) earned 15 wins to tie the single-season mark.
  • 2006 - The Panthers Softball team earned their first-ever Big East Championship berth and win.
  • 2006 - Pitt Softball's 1-0 win over South Florida in the Big East Championships was the first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
  • 2006 - Justin Nestor won the EWL conference title at 165 pounds to become the 25th Pitt wrestler to do so.
  • 3/3/06 - Marcedes Walker (First Team) and Mallorie Winn (Second Team) are the first Panther teammates to earn All-Big East First or Second Team honors in the same season since 1982-83.
  • 3/18/06 - Pitt's 64-57 victory over Delaware in the first round of the WNIT is the Panthers' 20th victory of the season, completing a quick turnaround by Agnus Berenato in just three years as a head coach.
  • 3/24/06 - In the WNIT quarterfinals, Pitt downs Virginia 68-58 at the Fitzgerald Field House to tie the school record for wins in a season with 22. The Panthers also win a school-record third postseason game in a single season.
  • 6/2/06 - Second baseman Jim Negrych earns All-America honors for the second consecutive year after being named to the third team by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball.
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Baseball Timeline (Last Updated 6/6/06)
  • 1869 - In what was most likely the University's first athletics competition, The "University Nine," as the Western University of Pennsylvania's baseball team was known, defeated Eckford's of East Liberty, 21-20.
  • 1908 - Pitt scored 12 runs in the eighth inning and defeated Carnegie Tech, 16-3. Tartan pitchers helped the Panthers cause by walking 18 batters.
  • 5/14/1909 - Pitt fell to the Cuban Stars, a Negro League team, 11-0, in an exhibition game at Exposition Park.
  • 10/16/1909 - Pitt hosted Bucknell in its first-ever game at Forbes Field.
  • 4/20/1912 - With the score tied at 1-1 in the eighth inning, a game versus Grove City was called because the Panthers had to catch a train back to Pittsburgh.
  • 5/12/1915 - P Eddie Langdon struck out 17 Allegheny College batters in a 10-0 Pitt win.
  • 1916 - Jim Dehart became Pitt's first four-sport letterman (Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field).
  • 1918 - Due to a lack of interest caused by World War I, Pitt's Baseball team temporarily suspended play.
  • 5/5/1939 - The Pitt baseball team played its first game at Pitt Stadium, with coach Ralph "Sarge" Mitterling at the helm.
  • 1949 - Scheduled performances by the Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera forced the Panthers to move games from Pitt Stadium to the Schenley Oval.
  • 1954 - Sarge Mitterling retired following 16 seasons as Pitt's baseball coach. He was replaced by Bobby Lewis, who would remain as Pitt's baseball coach through the 1990 season.
  • 1956 - The Panthers earned an NCAA Tournament berth with a 15-9 regular season mark.
  • 1961 - Freshman pitcher Jim Sylvis throws the first no hitter in school history.
  • 1965 - Outfielder Fred Mazurek batted .484 in leading the Pitt baseball team to an NCAA berth.
  • 1967 - Pitcher Dave Welty led the nation with a 0.32 ERA. Welty's overall record was 6-1 and he also averaged 14.6 strikeouts per nine innings pitched.
  • 1970 - Pitcher George Medich registered a 4-2 record for the Panthers.
  • 1972 - Ken Macha finished his Panthers career as the school's all-time home runs leader. Macha later became manager of the Oakland Athletics.
  • 1983 - Tony LaCava finished his baseball career with a .409 career batting average, the best in Panther history.
  • 4/21/1984 - Baseball coach Bobby Lewis became Pitt's all-time winningest sports coach (368 victories). Pitt defeated Fredonia State, 4-1.
  • 1988 - Baseball player Bill Sherbondy was named Big East Rookie of the Year.
  • 1990 - Bobby Lewis retired after 36 seasons as baseball coach. His record was 402-293.
  • 1994 - Pitt baseball team won the Big East regular season title with a record of 16-5 and Josh Tyler was named Big East Player of the Year.
  • 1995 - The Pitt baseball team, under the direction of Coach Mark Jackson, won the Big East Tournament and advanced to the NCAA's. The Panthers won 39 games during the season. Joe DeBernardis was named MVP of the Big East Tournament. Pitcher Tedde Campbell set school single-season records for victories (15), strikeouts (109), appearances (26) and innings pitched (135.0).
  • 1999 - Panther baseball team plays first ever night home game under the lights at Trees Field
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 6/3/2004 - Pitt senior P.J. Hiser is named a First Team All-American by Louisville Slugger, becoming the first Panther to earn First Team All-America honors in the history of the program.
  • 6/26/2004 - Pitt sweeps the Big East's annual baseball awards as Joe Jordano (Coach of the Year), Nick Evangelista (Co-Pitcher of the Year), P.J. Hiser (Player of the Year) and Jim Negrych (Freshman of the Year) earn the conference's top accolades.
  • 4/17/2005 - Pitt Head Coach Joe Jordano earns his 500th career victory in the Panthers' 8-3 victory over Villanova.
  • 6/2/06 - Second baseman Jim Negrych earns All-America honors for the second consecutive year after being named to the third team by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball.
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Softball Timeline (Last Updated 5/26/06)

  • 1998 - Softball was added as Pittsburgh's 19th varsity sports team, with Michelle Phalen as its first coach.
  • 1999 - Softball's Jackie Haar hit a Pitt single-season record 15 home runs.
  • 2000 - Pitcher Nikki Gasti's 10 victories for the softball team established a school single-season record.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2003 Francesca DiMaria earned Pitt's first-ever All-Conference First Team selection.
  • 2006 The Panthers set program records in wins (32), hits (382), batting average (.259), RBI (208), triples (14), runs (235), stolen bases (85), walks (157), conference wins (10) and consecutive road wins (6).
  • 2006 Five Panthers set individual records, as well.
  • 2006 Joey Scarf became the second Panther to earn All-Big East First Team honors.
  • 2006 Laura Belardinelli earned 15 wins to tie the single-season mark.
  • 2006 The Panthers earned their first-ever Big East Championship berth and win.
  • 2006 Pitt's 1-0 win over South Florida in the Big East Championships was the first-ever win over a ranked opponent.
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Cross Country Timeline (Last Updated 6/1/06)

  • 1941-2 - Pitt's mile-relay team of Bill Carter, Harold Stickel, Al Peretic and Bob Smith won New York's Millrose Games with a time of 3:25.5
  • 1953 - The Panthers Cross Country team, coached by Carl Olson, enjoyed an undefeated season.
  • 1954 - Arnie Sowell finished first in every meet but one to lead the Panthers' cross country team to its second straight undefeated season.
  • 1955 - Pitt's Cross Country captured the IC4A championship.
  • 1955-56 - Arnie Sowell's second place finish helped the Panthers win the IC4A Championship.
  • 1958-59 - Carl Rees replaced Carl Olson as the Panthers head Cross Country and Track & Field coach.
  • 1964-65 - Jim Banner was named Cross Country/Track & Field coach.
  • 1990 - Keith Dowling was the Big East Cross Country champion.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2004 - Pitt's Maureen McCandless captured the NCAA regional title and went on to earn All-America honors with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Championships.
  • 2004 - For the first time in school history, two runners finished in the top 25 at the regional championships - Maureen McCandless (1st) and Lauren Shaffer (24th)
  • 2005 - The Panthers combined to bring home seven top-10 finishes in team competitions.
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Football Timeline (Last Updated 7/30/05)

  • 1889 - The Western University of Pennsylvania's first-ever football team was organized by Bert Smyers and John Scott. Anson Harrold was WUP's first coach.
  • 1890 - WUP defeats Geneva, 10-4, in the University's first gridiron victory.
  • 10/11/1890 - Allegheny Athletic Association defeated WUP, 38-0, in the school's first-ever football game.
  • 1893 - The first WUP-Penn State football game was played.
  • 1905 - Arthur St. Ledger Moose became the team's coach and Joe Thompson was named team captain and manager.
  • 10/10/1905 - WUP defeated Butler A.C. 67-0 in Pittsburgh.
  • 1908 - Pittsburgh's players wore numbered jerseys for the first time. It is believed that Pitt was the first college football team to so outfit their players.
  • 1908 - Pitt defeated Bucknell, 22-0, holding the Bison without a first down the entire game. Tex Richards returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown. The game was played at Exposition Park on the North Side.
  • 1908 - Homer Roe intercepted a pass and returned it 105 yards for a touchdown in Pitt's clash with West Virginia.
  • 1908 - Pitt defeated neighborhood rival Carnegie Tech, 22-0, on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 9/10/1909 - Practice for the 1909 season officially opened. Pitt, coached by Colonel Joe Thompson, held their workouts on DeSoto Street (then known as the Schenley Oval).
  • 10/9/1909 - Pitt defeated Marietta, 12-0 despite a brawl which caused the game to end prematurely. The game kicked off at 10 a.m., so as not to interfere with the Pittsburgh Pirates - Detroit Tigers World Series game played that afternoon at Forbes Field.
  • 10/1/1910 - In the season opener, Tex Richards scored 3 TDs in a 36-0 win over Ohio Northern.
  • 10/24/1910 - Norman "Bill" Bud ran for six touchdowns in the Panthers 71-0 defeat of Ohio Medical University.
  • 1911 - Football season gate receipts totaled $40,000.
  • 1911 - The Panthers defeated Westminster, 23-0, in the season opener. The game marked the first time gate receipts exceeded operating expenses.
  • 1911 - The Panthers gridders defeated Ohio Northern, 22-0, for their 11th consecutive shutout.
  • 10/21/1911 - The Panthers 22-game shutout streak was snapped in a 17-0 loss to Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indians.
  • 1913 - On a foggy and rain-soaked Thanksgiving Day game at Forbes Field, the Panthers defeated Penn State, 7-6. Guy Williamson's 67-yard run and ensuing PAT kick provided the game's deciding points. Later that evening, the Hotel Schenley (now the William Pitt Union) was the scene of the annual football team banquet.
  • 10/31/1914 - The Panthers set a school record for points scored in a 96-0 victory over Dickinson College at Forbes Field.
  • 1915 - Legendary sideline general Glenn Scobey "Pop" Warner was named head coach.
  • 1916 - Jim Dehart became Pitt's first four-sport letterman (Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field).
  • 1916 - John Bain "Jock" Sutherland set a school record in the Discus (128.90'). Also known for his exploits on the gridiron, Sutherland became one of the most decorated athletes in Panthers Football history before taking over as Panthers football coach in 1924.
  • 10/21/1916 - Following Pitt's 30-0 football victory over Syracuse at Archbold Stadium, legendary coach Walter Camp proclaimed, "This team's play is perfect. They are a most wonderful team. Pitt is a marvelous combination. The greatest eleven in America."
  • 10/20/1917 - Pitt's 28-0 upset win over Syracuse was highlighted by George McLaren's 91-yard TD romp.
  • 11/23/1918 - In a meeting between two of football's legendary sideline generals, Pop Warner's Panthers dominated John Heisman's Georgia Tech team, 32-0, at sold-out Forbes Field.
  • 11/6/1920 - Tommy Davies scored three touchdowns, including a 90-yard kickoff return, in the Panthers 27-21 win over the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field. Debuting that afternoon was the University's official Panther mascot.
  • 10/8/1921 - When KDKA's Harold Arlin described the action in the Panthers 21-13 victory over West Virginia, it marked the first commercial radio broadcast of a college football game.
  • 10/15/1921 - Pitt earned a hard-fought 21-14 win over Cincinnati at Forbes Field despite the absence of Coach Pop Warner and star players Herb Stein and Tommy Davies, who were out of town that day.
  • 1923 - The land that would soon house Pitt Stadium was purchased.
  • 8/7/1924 - Groundbreaking on Pitt Stadium began.
  • 9/27/1924 - Pitt defeated Grove City, 14-0, in the first game for the Panthers new Football coach, John Bain "Jock" Sutherland.
  • 9/1/1925 - Construction on Pitt Stadium was completed.
  • 9/26/1925 - In the inaugural Football game at Pitt Stadium, Pitt defeated Washington & Lee, 28-0.
  • 10/24/1925 - Pitt defeated cross-town foe Carnegie Tech 12-0 in the Pitt Stadium Dedication Game.
  • 1927 - The Panthers were awarded the Jolly Trophy in recognition of their supremacy in Eastern Football.
  • 10/8/1927 - Gibby Welch returned a kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown against West Virginia.
  • 1/2/1928 - Pitt's appearance in the Rose Bowl marked the first bowl game in school history.
  • 10/25/1930 - In the only meeting between Notre Dame's Knute Rockne and Pitt's Jock Sutherland, ND defeated Pitt, 35-19, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 10/29/1932 - The Football team defeated previously unbeaten and unscored upon Notre Dame, 12-0, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 11/26/1932 - Pitt defeated Stanford, 7-0, in the regular season finale at Pitt Stadium. The game also marked the return to Pittsburgh of Pop Warner, who was coaching Stanford at the time.
  • 10/28/1933 - Mike Sebastian's 75-yard TD run highlighted a 14-0 win over Duke.
  • 10/13/1934 - Izzy Weinstock, Heine Weisenbaugh and Verne Baxter's each scored TDs to lift the Panthers to a 20-6 win over Southern California.
  • 10/20/1934 - In a clash between two of the nation's top Football powers, Minnesota defeated the Panthers, 13-7 at Pitt Stadium. The 4-point loss was the only blemish on the Panthers 8-1 season record.
  • 11/2/1935 - The Football team played East Coast rival Fordham to a scoreless tie at New York City's Polo Grounds. The following two meetings with the Rams also produced scoreless ties.
  • 11/9/1935 - Bobby LaRue scored three TDs, including one on a 75-yard run, in a 21-6 win over Army.
  • 10/24/1936 - The Panthers held Notre Dame without a first down until the third quarter in a 26-0 win at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/3/1936 - At the Football team's annual banquet, AD Don Harrison read an Associated Press wire announcing that the University of Washington had selected Pitt as its Rose Bowl opponent.
  • 1936-37 - Director of Athletics Don Harrison resigned from his post in deference to Football coach Jock Sutherland.
  • 1/1/1937 - A crowd of 87,136 witnessed the Panthers first bowl victory, a 21-0 Rose Bowl win over the University of Washington.
  • 10/9/1937 - Marshall Goldberg's 77-yard TD run on the Panthers first possession was the only score in the Panthers' 6-0 win over Duquesne at Pitt Stadium.
  • 10/29/1938 - The Panthers defeated Fordham, 24-13, at Pitt Stadium to break a string of three consecutive scoreless ties with the Rams. The crowd of 68,918 was the largest ever to witness a sporting event in Pittsburgh.
  • 11/26/1938 - In Jock Sutherland's final game as Pitt's football coach, the Panthers lost to the Duke Bluedevils, 7-0, in Durham, NC.
  • 3/4/1939 - Jock Sutherland officially resigned as head football coach.
  • 9/30/1939 - The Panthers became the first college football team to travel to an away game by plane. The Panthers journeyed to Seattle, WA where they beat the Washington Huskies, 27-6.
  • 11/8/1941 - In one of the biggest upsets of the season, the winless Panthers, sparked by the play of Edgar "Special Delivery" Jones, knocked off previously unbeaten Fordham, 13-0, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1942 - Clark Shaughnessy was named football coach following the resignation of Charley Bowser.
  • 9/25/1943 - The Panthers started six true freshmen in a 41-0 loss to Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1944-45 - Nicknamed the "Phantoms", the 1944-45 Panthers finished with an 8-4 record.
  • 1945 - The Panthers switch from their traditional blue and gold to red and white as primary uniform colors proved to be short-lived.
  • 10/26/1946 - The Purdue Boilermakers edged the Panthers, 10-8, at Pitt Stadium on a last-second Hank Stram field goal. Stram went on to earn a place in the Professional Football Hall of Fame following a 17-year career as an NFL head coach, 16 of which were spent with the Kansas City Chiefs.
  • 10/25/1947 - In their only win of the season, the Panthers upset Ohio State, 12-0, at Pitt Stadium. The Buckeyes were coached by former Pitt coach Wes Fesler.
  • 4/11/1948 - Legendary Panthers coach Jock Sutherland died of a brain tumor in a Pittsburgh hospital. He was coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers at the time.
  • 11/20/1948 - Nick Bolkovac's fourth-quarter interception return for a touchdown was the only score in Pitt's 7-0 win over Penn State at Pitt Stadium. The win snapped the Nittany Lions' 17-game unbeaten streak.
  • 10/29/1949 - Bernie Barkouskie's blocked punt with 35 seconds left to play lifted the Panthers to a 22-21 victory over the University of Pennsylvania at Franklin Field.
  • 11/19/1949 - Lou "Bimbo" Cecconi intercepted three passes and scored twice in the Panthers' 19-0 home win over Penn State.
  • 1950 - New coach Len Casanova fielded a scrappy Panthers unit despite losing several players to active duty in the Korean War.
  • 9/29/1951 - Panthers Football made its first nationally televised appearance versus Duke University in the Rose Bowl.
  • 10/11/1952 - All-American Joe Schmidt's rousing pre-game pep talk spurred his team to a 22-19 upset of Notre Dame in South Bend.
  • 1954 - Red Dawson stepped down as Football coach because of an illness. He was replaced on an interim basis by A.D. Tom Hamilton.
  • 10/16/1954 - Joyous fans tore down the goal posts following Pitt's 21-19 win over previously undefeated Navy at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1955 - John Michelosen was named head coach of the Pitt Football team.
  • 1955 - Joe Walton led the nation in touchdown receptions with 8. Walton would go on to coach the New York Jets before heading to nearby Robert Morris University in the same role.
  • 11/12/1955 - The Panthers upended sixth-ranked and undefeated West Virginia, 26-7, at sold-out Pitt Stadium.
  • 2/2/1956 - Pitt's Bobby Grier became the first African-American to play in the Sugar Bowl. A questionable pass interference call against Grier in the first quarter led to the game's only touchdown as Georgia Tech defeated the Panthers, 7-0.
  • 10/25/1958 - The Panthers battled undefeated and second-ranked Army to a 14-14 tie at Pitt Stadium.
  • 11/8/1958 - Bill Kaliden's five-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds to play lifted Pitt to a 29-26 win over Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium.
  • 10/3/1959 - Ivan Toncic's last-minute TD pass to Steve Jastrzembski provided the winning points in the Panthers 25-21 victory over UCLA.
  • 1960 - Tight end Mike Ditka was named an All-American and captained the College All Stars against the defending NFL champion Philadelphia Eagles. Ditka went on to be named to the Professional Football Hall of Fame after a stellar 12-year pro career. In addition to winning NFL titles with the Chicago Bears in 1963 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1972, Ditka also coached the Chicago Bears to victory in Super Bowl XX.
  • 10/29/1960 - The Panthers upset top-ranked Syracuse, 10-0, at Archbold Stadium. Led by Heisman Trophy-winner Ernie Davis, the heavily favored Orangemen could muster little offensive production in the face of a stout Panthers defensive front.
  • 1963 - The Panthers posted a sparkling 9-1 regular season mark but failed to earn an invitation to post-season play. The 1963 squad was thus stamped "The No-Bowl Team." Instead of a January-bowl victory, the highlight of the season was the victory in the season finale versus Penn State. The Panthers defeated the Nittany Lions 22-21 on a 17-yard touchdown run by QB Fred Mazurek with 2:33 left to play.
  • 11/20/1965 - In John Michelosen's final game as head coach, the Panthers beat Penn State 30-27 on an 18-yard field goal by Frank Clark with 3 seconds remaining.
  • 9/19/1970 - In the Panthers inaugural game on the new Astroturf surface at Pitt Stadium, the Panthers fell to UCLA, 24-15.
  • 10/17/1970 - The Panthers rallied from a 35-8 halftime deficit to defeat West Virginia, 36-35, on Homecoming at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers clinched the win in the final minutes when QB Dave Havern hit Bill Pilconis with a five-yard scoring pass.
  • 1972 - Johnny Majors was named the 26th head coach in Panthers history. 9/15/1973 - In Johnny Majors' first game at the helm, freshman TB Tony Dorsett ran for 100 yards and Pitt stunned the University of Georgia with a 7-7 tie in Athens.
  • 11/10/1973 - Tony Dorsett added to his list of accomplishments as a freshman, rushing for 209 yards against eventual national champion Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium. The Irish prevailed, however, 31-10.
  • 12/21/1973 - In their first bowl appearance since 1956, the Panthers fell to Arizona State, 28-7, in the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 10/18/1975 - The Panthers rushed for the highest total in school history (530 yards) in a win over Army.
  • 11/15/1975 - Tony Dorsett's school-record 303 rushing yards led the Panthers to a 34-20 win over Notre Dame at Pitt Stadium. The win was the Panthers first victory over the Irish since 1963.
  • 12/26/1975 - Three Panthers runners (Tony Dorsett, Elliott Walker and Robert Haygood) eclipsed the 100-yard mark in the Panthers 33-19 Sun Bowl win over the Kansas Jayhawks.
  • 1976 - Heisman Trophy winner Tony Dorsett (1973-1976) had his #33 jersey retired.
  • 10/23/1976 - Tony Dorsett became the NCAA's all-time rushing yardage leader on a TD run in the Panthers 45-0 win at Navy.
  • 11/26/1976 - Tony Dorsett ran for 224 yards and 2 TDs in the Panthers 24-7 win over Penn State at Three Rivers Stadium. With the victory the Panthers clinched a perfect 11-0 regular season.
  • 12/6/1976 - Jackie Sherrill was named Pitt's next football coach, replacing Johnny Majors, who returned to the University of Tennessee.
  • 12/9/1976 - Tony Dorsett became the University of Pittsburgh's first Heisman Trophy winner.
  • 1/1/1977 - A 24-3 Sugar Bowl victory over the Georgia Bulldogs gave the Panthers the national crown in school history. Tony Dorsett ran for 202 yards and QB Matt Cavanaugh passed for one score and ran for another on his way to MVP honors.
  • 1/10/1977 - "PITT IS IT!" proclaimed a Sports Illustrated cover story celebrating the Panthers 24-3 national title game victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
  • 12/30/1977 - The Panthers downed Clemson in the Gator Bowl, 34-3. Quarterback Matt Cavanaugh was named MVP of his second straight bowl game.
  • 9/15/1979 - Freshman quarterback Dan Marino celebrated his 18th birthday by playing in his first collegiate game at Pitt Stadium. In the season opener against Kansas, Marino threw a touchdown pass to Ralph Still on his third attempt. The Panthers won, 24-0.
  • 12/25/1979 - The Panthers wrapped up an 11-1 season with a 16-10 win against Arizona at the Fiesta Bowl.
  • 1980 - Hugh Green won the Lombardi Award
  • 1980 - Hugh Green became the first defensive player to win the Walter Camp Award
  • 1980 - Offensive tackle Mark May was awarded the Outland Trophy.
  • 11/8/1980 - Hugh Green (1977-80) an amazing player, and arguably the most devastating defensive end in collegiate history has his #99 jersey retired during the final home game of the season.
  • 11/21/1980 - The Panthers clinched their second straight Lambert Trophy as the top football team in the East with their second straight win against Penn State at Beaver Stadium. Pitt prevailed, 14-9.
  • 12/17/1980 - Hugh Green received the Maxwell Award in Philadelphia.
  • 12/29/1980 - The Panthers concluded their second consecutive 11-1 season with a 37-9 defeat of South Carolina in the Gator Bowl. Pitt ended the season ranked No. 2 in both wire service polls, and No. 1 in the first New York Times Poll.
  • 10/10/1981 - With injured quarterback Dan Marino unable to play because of a shoulder injury, Pitt failed to complete a single pass in its game at West Virginia, but the Panthers' defense was up to the challenge. Pitt 17, WVU 0.
  • 11/14/1981 - Pitt ran its home winning streak at Pitt Stadium to 20 games with a 48-0 victory against Army.
  • 1982 - Dan Marino's #13 is retired
  • 1/1/1982 - Dan Marino's 33-yard touchdown pass to tight end John Brown on a fourth-down play with 42 seconds remaining lifts the Panthers to a thrilling 24-20 win against Georgia in the Sugar Bowl. It was Jackie Sherrill's last game as Pitt's coach.
  • 9/9/1982 - Pitt defeated North Carolina, 7-6, at Three Rivers Stadium in the debut of new coach Foge Fazio.
  • 10/29/1983 - Pitt beat Syracuse, 13-10, on a last-second field goal by walk-on placekicker Pat Viancourt, whose name and number weren't even listed in that day's game program.
  • 1984 - Bill Fralic (1981-84) has his #79 jersey retired
  • 8/31/1985 - Pitt defeated Purdue, 31-30 in the first night game (temporary lighting) at Pitt Stadium. The Panthers held on when Purdue quarterback Jim Everett's two-point conversion pass fell short in the end zone.
  • 12/12/1985 - Mike Gottfried was named Pitt's 29th head football coach, replacing Foge Fazio.
  • 10/11/1986 - Pitt defeated Notre Dame, 10-9, on a last-minute field goal by Jeff VanHorne at Notre Dame Stadium.
  • 11/8/1986 - Craig "Ironhead" Heyward rushed for 254 yards in a loss to Miami at Pitt Stadium.
  • 1986-7 - The University of Pittsburgh had a new pair of head coaches - football coach Mike Gottfried and basketball coach Paul Evans.
  • 9/19/1987 - Pitt played Temple under the lights at Pitt Stadium, the first night game using permanent lighting at Pitt Stadium.
  • 10/10/1987 - The Panthers upset previously undefeated Notre Dame, 30-27, in a nationally-televised game at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/2/1989 - In its first game overseas, the Pitt football team defeated Rutgers, 46-29, in the Emerald Isle Classic played in Dublin.
  • 12/30/1989 - Paul Hackett, who had been the team's offensive coordinator, was named Pitt's new football coach in the locker room prior to the team's 31-28 win against Texas A&M in the John Hancock Bowl in El Paso, Texas.
  • 2/5/1991 - The Big East announces it will begin sponsoring football with eight schools. Boston College, Pittsburgh and Syracuse already are league regulars. Miami (Fla.), Rutgers, Temple, Virginia Tech and West Virginia are invited as football-only members.
  • 9/28/1991 - Freshman Curtis Martin's 35-yard touchdown run in the third quarter gave the Panthers a 14-13 win against Minnesota at the Humphrey Metrodome.
  • 9/17/1992 - In a game against Rutgers, Pitt quarterback Alex Van Pelt surpassed Dan Marino as Pitt's all-time passing yardage leader.
  • 12/11/1992 - John Majors returned to Pittsburgh as football coach, having spent the previous 16 seasons as coach at his alma mater, Tennessee.
  • 9/2/1993 - The Panthers registered a 14-10 win at Southern Mississippi in the first game under new coach John Majors.
  • 1994 - Tony Dorsett is inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame
  • 1995 - Panthers former All-American offensive lineman, Ruben Brown is selected by the Buffalo Bills in the first round of NFL Draft
  • 1995 - Curtis Martin is drafted by the New England Patriots and is later named NFL Rookie of the Year
  • 1996 - Hugh Green selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 11/30/1996 - John Majors' final game as a college football coach - Pitt defeated Rutgers, 24-9, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 12/16/1996 - New Director of Athletics Steve Pederson introduces a new football coach, Walt Harris, who had been an assistant coach at Ohio State.
  • 1997 - A Pete Gonzalez to Terry Murphy touchdown pass in the third overtime gave Pitt a dramatic 41-38 victory against West Virginia at Mountaineer Field in the regular season finale. The victory put the Panthers in the AXA/Equitable Liberty Bowl against Southern Mississippi.
  • 8/4/1997 - Pitt unveils new colors, football uniforms and logo, replacing the script Pitt logo used since 1970.
  • 9/18/1997 - An ESPN TV audience watched Pitt defeat the Miami Hurricanes, 21-17, at Pitt Stadium.
  • 9/18/1997 - Mike Ditka (1958-60) has his #89 jersey retired
  • 9/18/1997 - Marshall Goldberg (1936-38) has his #42 jersey retired
  • 9/18/1997 - Joe Schmidt (1950-52) has his #65 jersey retired
  • 10/25/1997 - Pete Gonzalez threw a school single-game record seven touchdown passes in the Panthers' 55-48 double-overtime victory at Rutgers.
  • 12/1/1997 - Pitt football team, after 6-5 season, accepts invitation to the Liberty Bowl, Pitt's first bowl since 1989
  • 1998 - Former offensive lineman, Bill Fralic (1981-84) is inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • 1998 - Former Pittsburgh QB Dan Marino (1979-82) is named NFL Man of the Year.
  • 6/3/1998 - In an effort to get more affiliates to carry football and basketball broadcasts, Pitt ends its 19-year relationship with WTAE-AM, forms its own radio network and chooses KQV-AM as its flagship station. The flagship is shifted to WRRK-FM two years later
  • 11/10/1998 - UPMC announces plans for a South Side sports complex, which will include practice facilities for Pitt and the Steelers
  • 3/18/1999 - Pitt trustees vote to raze 75 year-old Pitt Stadium after the 1999 season, play the 2000 season in Three Rivers Stadium, then move to the new Steleers stadium. The new arena will be built on the Pitt Stadium site.
  • 11/13/1999 - The Panthers closed down Pitt Stadium in grand style, defeating Notre Dame, 37-27, before a capacity, overflow crowd.
  • 1999-2000 - Antonio Bryant earns honors as 47th Consensus All-American
  • 9/16/2000 - Pitt defeats Penn State, 12-0, at Three Rivers Stadium in the last meeting of the rivals.
  • 11/4/2000 - The "Dan Marino Room" is dedicated in the Duratz Athletic Complex
  • 12/17/2000 - Antonio Bryant received the Biletnikoff Award, recognizing him as the nations' most outstanding wide receiver.
  • 9/1/2001 - Quarterback David Priestley scores first touchdown at Heinz Field with an 85-yard run.
  • 9/1/2001 - The Panthers defeated East Tennessee State, 31-0, in the first college football game played at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh.
  • 9/27/2001 - Mark May (1977-80) received yet another honor for his illustrious collegiate career when he becomae the eighth player to have his jersey retired at Pittsburgh. "Without a doubt, this is one of the highest athletic achievements of my career and I've been to three Super Bowls, played in the Pro Bowl and was on some great teams at the University of Pittsburgh," May said. "It is even more of an honor to have your number retired at a school with the football tradition of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/3/2001 - Tony Dorsett (1973-76) received yet another honor when the Sports and Exhibition Authority approved a measure to change the name of Martindale Street, which is adjacent to Heinz Field, to "Tony Dorsett Drive." The street was unveiled with a ceremony prior to Pittsburgh's game with Virginia Tech.
  • 12/19/2001 - The Panthers ran their season-ending winning streak to six games with a 34-19 win against North Carolina State in the Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl.
  • 11/2/2002 - Rod Rutherford threw three touchdown passes to Larry Fitzgerald and Brandon Miree scored the game-winning touchdown on a 53-yard run in the fourth quarter in Pitt's 28-21 upset of previously unbeaten and third-ranked Virginia Tech at Lane Stadium in Blacksburg.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/1/2004 - Larry Fitzgerald, an eventual unanimous All-American and winner of the prestigious Biletnikoff and Walter Camp awards, sets an NCAA record by catching a touchdown pass in his 14th consecutive game in a 24-13 win at Boston College.
  • 11/13/2004 - Pitt defeats Notre Dame, 41-38, on a 32-yard field goal by Josh Cummings with one second remaining.
  • 11/25/2004 - Pitt upends West Virginia, 16-13, and clinches its first-ever berth in the Bowl Championship Series. The Panthers capture a share of the Big East title and earn an invite to the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl.
  • 12/23/2004 - Dave Wannstedt is named the 34th head football coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Gymnastics Timeline (Last Updated 6/1/06)

  • 1954 - Pitt fielded its first Men's Gymnastics team. Warren Neiger served as head coach.
  • 1957-58 - Tom Darling won the NCAA title in flying rings competition in back-to-back seasons.
  • 1959 - Dave Hirst finished the season with an undefeated record in flying rings competition.
  • 1961-62 - Earl McConnell earned All-America honors.
  • 1963 - The NCAA Men's Gymnastics Championships were held at the Field House.
  • 1974 - Ig Perez was named new Men's Gymnastics coach.
  • 1978 - Frank D'Amico was named head Gymnastics coach.
  • 1978 - Myra Bachuchin was named to Gymnast Magazine's All-America squad.
  • 1981 - The Pitt men's gymnastics team sent a group of representatives to the NCAA Championships.
  • 1982 - Gymnast Lisa Shirk became the first Pittsburgh female to win an individual championship on the uneven bars
  • 12/6/1982 - The Pitt men's gymnastics team hosted the Russian University National Team at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 1984 - Gymnast Lisa Shirk earned All-America honors.
  • 1991 - Debbie Yohman was named ECAC Women's Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
  • 1993 - Gymnast Genaro Severino was named an All-American and won the all-around championship at ECAC's.
  • 1995 - Pitt was one of eight universities to join a newly-formed women's gymnastics conference, the East Atlantic Gymnastics League (EAGL).
  • 2/13/1999 - Gymnast Danielle "Freddie" Alba set a school record (39.40) for all-around performance. Alba also was named EAGL Gymnast of the Year for the 1999 season.
  • 2000 - Gymnast Lisa Fronhofer was named EAGL Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
  • 3/4/2000 - Women's gymnastics team registered school record for points (195.925) in competition with Ohio State and Michigan State.
  • 2002 - Gymnast Nathalie Sulpher set a school record on the vault.
  • 4/6/2002 - Debbie Yohman was named NCAA Northeast Region Gymnastics Coach of the Year.
  • 6/5/2002 - Debbie Yohman was named NCAA Northeast Region Coach of the Year
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 8/23/2004 - The ribbon is cut and the new Gymnastics Training Facility opens in Pitt's Trees Hall.
  • 2005 - Leila Tait received an NCAA bid after placing first on the balance beam at the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.
  • 2006 - The Panthers earned their second consecutive invitation to the NCAA Northeast Regional Championships.
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Men's Basketball Timeline (Last Updated 7/30/05)

  • 1905 - Pittsburgh fielded its first Men's Basketball team. Benjamin S. Printz was named WUP's first coach.
  • 1905 - WUP lost its first game to Wooster, 34-14.
  • 1911 - The Panthers Basketball team played some of its home games at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association (PAA).
  • 1913-14 - During the team's road trip through New York State, the Panthers Basketball team members had to be quarantined for 10 days after team manager C.K. Murray contracted scarlet fever.
  • 1916 - Jim Dehart became Pitt's first four-sport letterman (Football, Baseball, Basketball, Track & Field).
  • 2/15/1916 - The Panthers defeated Penn State, 43-38, in their first-ever win at State College.
  • 3/6/1920 - The Men's Basketball team defeated West Virginia to lay claim to the Tri-State Championship.
  • 1922 - Dr. H. C. Carlson, only 23 years old, was hired as Men's Basketball coach. Over the next 31 years, Carlson became the most successful Men's Basketball coach in school history. He notched 367 wins, 2 mythical national titles, and one NCAA Tournament appearance during his tenure. A colorful, eccentric and gregarious personality, Carlson's unconventional coaching style included feeding his players ice cream at halftimes of games.
  • 1925-26 - In the first Basketball game at the Stadium Pavilion, the Panthers defeated Cornell, 36-26.
  • 1927 - F Charley Hyatt became the Panthers first Men's Basketball All-America. Hyatt earned All-America honors in the two subsequent seasons as well. Hyatt's Panthers posted a sparkling 60-7 overall record from 1927-30. Nicknamed the "Clipper," he twice led the nation in scoring during his collegiate career and he concluded his playing days with 880 points. Hyatt was named to the Helms Athletic Foundation Hall of Fame the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959.
  • 1927-28 - Pitt won its first Mythical National Championship by going 21 games without a loss and averaging a then-phenomenal 38 points per game. Charley Hyatt and Stan Wroblewski were the nation's two highest scorers.
  • 2/18/1928 - Charley Hyatt's last-second basket gave Pitt a 24-22 win over Notre Dame.
  • 1929-30 - The Men's Basketball team earned a second consecutive Mythical National Championship. The Panthers won their first 12 games and finished with a 23-2 overall record. The season's only losses were to West Virginia and Syracuse.
  • 1932 - The Pitt basketball team defeated West Virginia, 42-40, in the second half of a boxing-basketball double feature at the Pitt Stadium Pavilion.
  • 1932 - A Men's Basketball game against Notre Dame drew the first sellout crowd in the history of the Pitt Stadium Pavilion.
  • 1932 - The Men's Baskteball team made their first West Coast road trip.
  • 1933-34 - A 39-34 over a Moose Krause-led Notre Dame squad at the Pitt Stadium Pavilion snapped ND's 22-game winning streak.
  • 1935 - The Men's Basketball team won its first-ever Sugar Bowl Tournament with a 52-47 win over LSU.
  • 2/18/1936 - A 46-41 win over Chick Davies' powerhouse Duquesne team was the highlight of the Panthers season. The Panthers trailed by 9 points at halftime, but reeled off 16 straight points to take command after intermission.
  • 2/8/1940 - The Panthers played in the first-ever nationally televised basketball game at famed Madison Square Garden against Fordham. The Panthers defeated the Rams, 57-37, in a doubleheader that also featured a 50-27 Georgetown University victory over New York University.
  • 1941 - Pitt basketball team received an invitation to the NCAA's first "Final Four," played in Madison, Wisconsin. The Panthers defeated North Carolina but lost to Wisconsin.
  • 1941 - The Panthers made the lone Final Four appearance in school history at the inaugural NCAA Tournament played in Madison, Wisconsin. The Panthers defeated North Carolina in the semifinals but fell to the hometown Wisconsin Badgers in the championship game. Every member of the 1940-41 team graduated from the University of Pittsburgh and served in World War II.
  • 1944-45 - Nicknamed the "Phantoms", the 1944-45 Panthers finished with an 8-4 record.
  • 1949 - Pitt basketball coach Dr. H. C. Carlson was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame by the Helms Athletic Foundation.
  • 1949 - Pitt won the inaugural Orange Bowl Basketball Tournament, defeating both Miami and Florida twice.
  • 3/8/1949 - Pitt's 34-32 defeat of West Virginia ended the Mountaineers 58-game home winning streak.
  • 1950-51 - Mike Belich's 415 points set a school record for points scored in a single season.
  • 2/26/1951 - The Panthers defeated West Virginia, 72-71, in the last college basketball game played at the Pitt Pavilion.
  • 12/15/1951 - The University's new Memorial Field House (later to be named Fitzgerald Field House) dedication game witnessed the Panthers 65-64 upset of highly regarded Columbia. Bernard Artman hit the winning basket to upend the Lions, the defending NCAA Champs.
  • 1952-53 - Dutch Burch's last-second shot gave the Panthers a 67-65 Field House win over West Virginia.
  • 2/28/1953 - In Doc Carlson's final game as Pitt's Basketball coach, Penn State defeated the Panthers, 73-53, at State College.
  • 12/11/1953 - The Panthers defeated national power Bradley University, 66-64, in the opening round of the Steel Bowl Basketball Tournament. The win set up a title game between Pittsburgh and Duquesne, the first meeting between the neighboring schools since the 1930s.
  • 1953-54 - Bob Timmons was named Basketball head coach. His predecessor, legendary coach Doc Carlson, had manned the position for 31 years.
  • 1955 - Ed Pavlick became the Panthers all-time scoring leader during the final game of the season against Penn State.
  • 1955 - Julius Pegues became Pitt's first African-American basketball player. Pegues, a Tulsa, OK native, finished his Panthers career as the fourth player in school history to score over 1,000 career points.
  • 12/1/1956 - In his Pitt debut, Don Hennon scored 32 points in a 97-85 loss at North Carolina State.
  • 1956-57 - Bob Lazor and John Riser both finished their Pitt careers with over 1,000 career points.
  • 1957 - The Panthers posted a 16-11 regular season record and made the second NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Pitt reached the semifinals before falling to Adolph Rupp's Kentucky Wildcats.
  • 12/21/1957 - Don Hennon scored a school-record 45 points to lead the Panthers past Duke, 87-84, in double overtime at Fitzgerald Field House. Hennon earned consensus All-America honors and led the Panthers to an 18-7 regular season record and a trip to the NCAA Tournament.
  • 1957-58 - The Panthers posted an 18-6 regular season record and earned an invitation to the NCAA Tournament.
  • 1957-58 - Don Hennon scored 42 points in a 109-74 Field House victory over 109-74 win over Geneva.
  • 1958 - Coached by Bob Timmons, the Panthers suffered a quarterfinal loss to Miami of Ohio in their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
  • 1959 - The 1959 season marked the end of the Don Hennon era. Hennon, a 5'8" guard, earned All-America honors twice during his Panthers career. He scored 34 points in his first collegiate game and his 45-point outburst against Duke in 1959 still stands as the Panthers single-game high. Hennon holds 9 additional Panther scoring records. His play moved legendary St. John's coach Joe Lapchick to remark, "There's no doubt he is one of the best small men I have ever seen in college ball."
  • 1/15/1959 - The Panthers notched their 50th overall win at Fitzgerald Field House by defeating Carnegie Tech, 82-75, in the fourth home game of the season. 1959-60 - Pitt students began the unique tradition of tossing fish onto the court to protest an official's bad call.
  • 12/2/1960 - After falling behind by as many as 22 points in the season opener, the Panthers rallied for a stunning last second victory over Purdue at Fitzgerald Field House. Don Steinhart posted 17 points and 17 rebounds and John Fridley scored 14 points and grabbed 11 boards.
  • 1962-63 - Head coach Bob Timmons led the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament, where they lost a first round game to New York University.
  • 1963-64 - The Panthers made their first ever NIT Tournament appearance.
  • 1964 - Pitt made its first-ever NIT appearance.
  • 1/12/1966 - The Panthers recorded their 100th win at the Field House by defeating Westminster, 70-69.
  • 1968 - Basketball coach Bob Timmons announced his retirement from coaching following the 1967-68 season. He was replaced by Charles "Buzz" Ridl.
  • 1969-70 - Bill Hillgrove and former Panthers Sports Information Director Dean Billick formed Pitt's first Men's Basketball radio broadcast team. Billick was replaced by Dick Groat in the 1979-80 season.
  • 1969-70 - Jerry Richey won the two mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 8:39.2.
  • 2/13/1970 - In the highest scoring game in school history, Pitt defeated Syracuse 127-108 in Fitzgerald Field House behind the scoring of Kent Scott (29 points), Paul O'Gorek (27) and Cleveland Edwards (20).
  • 3/3/1970 - Kent Scott scored 32 points, including 23 in the second half, to lead Pitt to a 92-87 upset win over West Virginia in the final college basketball game ever played at the WVU Field House in Morgantown.
  • 12/30/1970 - A Civic Arena crowd of 13,535, at the time the largest crowd to witness a basketball game in Pittsburgh, watched John Wooden's UCLA Bruins defeat Pitt, 77-64, in the Steel Bowl championship game.
  • 12/22/1972 - Billy Knight scored 37 points in an 89-73 loss to UCLA in Los Angeles. At the time, the point total represented the most points any opposing player had scored against the Bruins at Pauley Pavilion.
  • 1/14/1973 - The Panthers climbed into the national rankings for the first time in school history, earning No. 17 AP and No. 13 UPI rankings. A 22-game win streak later in the season would propel them to a then school-record No. 7 ranking in the polls.
  • 12/4/1973 - Pitt defeated Rutgers in a forfeit win at Piscataway, NJ. The game was forfeited to the Panthers late in the first half when a group of Rutgers students staged a sit-in demonstration on the playing court. To this day, Rutgers does not acknowledge the loss in its official records.
  • 1973-74 - In their most successful season in the modern era, the Panthers won 25 games and reached the Eastern Regional finals of the NCAA Tournament before losing to eventual national champion North Carolina State. After losing their first game of the season, the Panthers reeled off a school-record 22-game winning streak. The Panthers top six players, including All-American forward Billy Knight, were all Pittsburgh area natives. Knight would go on to an illustrious professional career that saw him become Pitt's first-ever NBA All-Star. Knight currently serves the as General Manager of the Atlanta Hawks.
  • 1/20/1974 - The Panthers recorded their 150th win at Fitzgerald Field House in a 101-75 win over the University at Buffalo.
  • 2/20/1974 - The Panthers extended their win streak to a school-record 22 games in a 56-49 win over Temple University at Fitzgerald Field House. 3/14/1974 - Billy Knight scored 34 points to lead the Panthers to an 81-78 NCAA Tournament victory over Furman University at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh. The win set up an East Region Final versus eventual national champion North Carolina State.
  • 12/18/1974 - In Al McGuire's only coaching appearance at Fitzgerald Field House, the Panthers defeated sixth-ranked and previously undefeated Marquette 65-58. Center Jim Bolla sealed the victory with 7 free throws down the stretch.
  • 1975 - Tim Grgurich was named head coach. 12/13/1975 - Tom Richards' 45-foot buzzer-beater gave the Panthers a 72-71 win over against Ohio University and helped the Panthers stretch their Fitzgerald Field House win streak to 27 games. The 1973-74 and 1974-75 teams never lost a game at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 2/14/1976 - Bob Schrewsbury broke the Panthers single game assist record with 16 versus South Carolina.
  • 1976-77 - For the first time in school history, the Panthers starting lineup featured five African-American players.
  • 2/2/1977 - Larry Harris scored two of his game-high 31 points on a last second jumper to give the Panthers a 65-64 upset win over the nationally ranked Cincinnati Bearcats. Harris scored 31 points in the win. Cincinnati's head coach, Gale Catlett, would go on to lead another Panthers rival, the West Virginia Mountaineers, for more than two decades.
  • 2/19/1978 - After a Panthers win over Villanova, freshman Sam Clancy was asked if it was his best game. "No," replied the strapping backboard enforcer, "My best game is coming up Wednesday versus Duquesne." Clancy went on to score 20 points and grab 20 rebounds to lead the Panthers to a 72-65 victory over the Dukes. The win avenged a 22-point loss to the Duquesne 17 days before. Clancy concluded his career as the only player in school history to score 1,000 career points and pull down 1,000 career rebounds.
  • 2/10/1979 - Pitt upsets No 3 ranked and 17-1 Duke 71-69 at Cameron Indoor Stadium. With the score tied at 69 with 3:05 to go, Duke coach Bill Foster decided to have his team hold onto the ball. With 10 seconds to go, Sam Clancy intercepted a back-door pass intended for Jim Spanarkal from Bob Bender, dribbled the length of the floor, missed a 15-foot jumper, grabbed the rebound from Mike Gminski and dropped in an easy layup with two seconds left to give Pitt a 71-69 upset win.
  • 12/1/1979 - An 83-65 season-opening win against Bucknell was Pitt's 200th victory at Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 3/7/1980 - One day after his team lost to Duquesne, 65-63, in an NIT first-round game at the Civic Arena, basketball coach Tim Grgurich announced his resignation.
  • 3/28/1980 - Roy Chipman was named Pitt's new basketball coach during a press conference during the Dapper Dan Roundball Classic at the Civic Arena.
  • 1980-1 - Sam Clancy calls it a career at Pitt. Clancy was the Panthers' first four-year starter and became the greatest rebounder in school's history with 1,342 career boards. Clancy then went onto a sterling NFL career and played defensive lineman for the Cleveland Browns.
  • 1980-81 - Roy Chipman is named Pitt head coach and in his first year guides the Panthers to the first-ever Eastern 8 Championship. The Panthers lose to eventual NCAA runner-up, North Carolina, in the NCAA tournament.
  • 3/7/1981 - Pitt defeated Duquesne, 64-60, in the championship game of the Eastern 8 Tournament at the Civic Arena, to earn an automatic NCAA bid.
  • 3/13/1981 - Dwayne Wallace's game-winning shot in the final seconds gave the Panthers an exciting 70-69 win against Idaho in an NCAA Tournament first-round game at El Paso, Texas.
  • 1982 - Pitt wins the Eastern 8 crown for the second straight year and advances to the NCAA tournament once again. It is also Pitt's first 20-win season in eight years. More importantly, the Panthers announce they are joining the Big East Conference.
  • 3/2/1982 - Sparked by Clyde Vaughan and Dwayne Wallace, Pitt won its second straight Eastern 8 Tournament title, upsetting top-seeded West Virginia 79-72 at a soldout Civic Arena. Pitt advances to the NCAA Tournament once again. It is also Pitt's first 20-win season in eight years.
  • 1983 - In the first year of Big East competition, the Panthers go 13-15, but gain national attention when they upset three Top 10 Big East teams - Syracuse, Georgetown and St. John's - at the Field House.
  • 1/22/1983 - The Pitt basketball team defeats Seton Hall, 78-68, for its first win in the Big East Conference.
  • 2/1/1983 - The Panthers fell behind early but rallied to upset No. 5 St. John's and All-America Chris Mullin 72-71. Clyde Vaughan and Andre Williams scored 24 points apiece. Billy Culbertson sank 6-of-8 free throws in the final two minutes to seal the win. The victory over the Redmen was on of three major upsets the Panthers would achieve during their inaugural season in the Big East Conference.
  • 2/7/1983 - Six days after its upset of St. John's, the Panthers defeated nationally ranked Syracuse in the Field House. Four players in double-figures fueled the victory, including Clyde Vaughan (24 points), Billy Culbertson (17), George Allen (14), and Trent Johnson (11).
  • 2/19/1983 - The Panthers overcame a seven-point deficit with 4:25 remaining to upset Georgetown and Patrick Ewing 65-63. Center Andre Williams scored fie critical points down the stretch and Clyde Vaughan finished with a game-high 22 in the victory. It was Pittsburgh's third straight upset of a Big East power at FItzgerlad Field House, having knocked off Syracuse and St. John's during the three week prior weeks.
  • 3/23/1984 - In an NIT loss to Notre Dame at Fitzgerald Field House, Clyde Vaughan became the first Pitt basketball player to top 2,000 points in a career.
  • 11/26/1984 - Panthers Men's Basketball team records 250th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating St. Francis (PA) 104-88
  • 1985 - Charles Smith is named Big East Rookie of the Year
  • 1985 - Pitt makes its first NCAA tournament appearance as a member of the Big East
  • 1/21/1985 - Charles Smith sets school record for most FT made in game. He made 18 FT against Boston College
  • 1986 - Fresh off a highly successful stint at Navy, Paul Evans becomes Pitt's 11th head basketball coach.
  • 1986-7 - The University of Pittsburgh had a new pair of head coaches - football coach Mike Gottfried and basketball coach Paul Evans.
  • 1987 - In April, Jerome Lane concludes the season as Pittsburgh's first NCAA statistical champion in rebounding. Lane concludes the year with a 13.5 rebounds per game average (444 in 33 GP).
  • 2/14/1987 - Pitt extends its school-record Big East win streak to eight games with a 72-67 double overtime win vs. Boston College. The Panthers, rankled 10th in the country. went into overtime without 6-10 center Charles Smith who fouled out with 2:37 left in regulation. The upset-minded Eagles led 61-58 with three seconds left when freshman Rod Brookin canned a 3-pointer from the corner to force another overtime period. Four different Panthers scored in the second OT to give Pittsburgh its 21st victory of the year. Brookin finished with 15 points, Smith had 17 and Jerome Lane had 13 points and 19 boards.
  • 2/21/1987 - Jerome Lane accomplishes a rare 20-20 performance in Pitt's 76-66 win over Connecticut. The 6-6 forward scores 20 points and snags a season high 21 rebounds, in the process breaking the Big East rebounding record for a season.
  • 3/6/1987 - Pitt wins its first ever Big East tournament game, downing Seton Hall, 96-88, as walk-on guard Pat Cavanaugh sparks the win with 13 points off the bench.
  • 3/13/1987 - Pitt wins its school-record 25th victory, claiming a 93-68 NCAA Tournament First Round victory over Marist.. Two days later the Panthers' season ends at 25-8 with a loss to Oklahoma.
  • 12/29/1987 - The undefeated Panthers win their fifth straight holiday tournament by bouncing Alabama, 87-51, in the finals of the Red Lobster Classic. Charles Smith is named tournament MVP, while Jerome Lane and Demetreus Gore are also named to the all-tournament team.
  • 1987-8 - The Pitt basketball team won its first outright Big East regular-season title. The Panthers lost a second-round NCAA game to Vanderbilt.
  • 1988 - Charles Smith was 3rd pick of the first round of the 1988 NBA draft
  • 1988 - Jerome Lane is selected in the first round of the 1988 NBA draft
  • 1/4/1988 - Pitt is ranked 2nd in AP, its highest ranking ever in the national polls
  • 1/25/1988 - At 16:36 of the first half versus Providence and in front of an ESPN Monday night audience, Jerome Lane smashes a Fitzgerald Field House backboard with a thunderous slam dunk. Lane took a fast break pass from Sean Miller and shattered the backboard which caused a 30-minute game delay. Leading just 8-5 at the delay, the Panthers defeated Providence 90-56 and went on to capture the Big East title and earn an NCAA Tournament berth. The Television commentator Bill Raftery made his famous call, "Send it home Jerome" and the night was labeled, "The Night the House Came Down."
  • 2/10/1988 - The largest crowd ever to see a college basketball game in Pittsburgh (16,798) witnesses a Mellon Arena Pittsburgh-Syracuse clash. Syracuse claims the win with a 84-75 victory.
  • 3/6/1988 - In the biggest game of the year, Pitt records one of the most significant wins in its history when the Panthers edge Syracuse, 85-84, at the Carrier Dome and claim their first ever undisputed Big East Championship. Jerome Lane scores a career-high 29 points along with 15 rebounds and Charles Smith sinks two free throws with 0:17 to go to secure the win. Smith scores 25 points in his final home game. Pitt ends the regular season at 12-4 in the Big East.
  • 3/13/1988 - Pitt is seeded second in the NCAA Tournament's Midwest Region. The No. 2 seed is Pitt's best-ever in school history.
  • 3/20/1988 - After defeating Eastern Michigan in the NCAA Tournament's first round, Pitt loses an 80-74 overtime heartbreaker to Vanderbilt. A Vanderbilt three-pointer ties the game at the buzzer in regulation. Charles Smith scores 21 points and grabs 10 rebounds in his final appearance in a Panthers uniform.
  • 1/15/1989 - A jam-packed Field House crowd stood the entire game as Brian Shorter's 37 points and 12 rebounds sparked the Panthers to a 99-91 upset over No. 2 Oklahoma. Rod Brookin scored 24 points, grabbed eight boards and had four steals. The Panthers would knock off five Top 10 foes during the '88-89 campaign en route to their third straight NCAA Tournament.
  • 2/20/1989 - Billy Knight has his number retired as Pitt registers its 300th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating Villanova, 88-80.
  • 1/20/1990 - Bobby Martin ties school record for most blocked shot in a game at Fitzgerald Field House with 7 against Seton Hall
  • 2/11/1990 - Brian Shorter sets school record with perfect FG Pct. versus Providence. He made all 11 of his shots attempted.
  • 11/22/1991 - Darren Morningstar powered his way to 27 points to help lead the Panthers to an 85-67 win against Kentucky at Rupp Arena in a PreSeason NIT game.
  • 1/16/1993 - A 3-point bomb by freshman Garrick Thomas broke a 73-73 tie with four seconds remaining, lifting the Panthers to an upset of No. 7 Seton Hall 76-73. Thomas finished with 16 points, while teammate Chris McNeal had 19 points and 11 rebounds. The win helped Pittsburgh to its fifth NCAA bid under Paul Evans. 1994 - Ralph Willard was introduced as the University of Pittsburgh's new basketball coach.
  • 12/17/1994 - Andre Aldridge sets school record for most 3 Pt FG attempts with 15 in game vs. Georgia
  • 12/28/1995 - Panthers Men's Basketball team record 350th win at Fitzgerald Field House defeating Brown, 95-47
  • 2/12/1997 - Behind one of the most brilliant individual offensive performances in Fitzgerald Field House history, Pittsburgh knocked off nationally ranked Villanova 95-89. Snior sharpshooter, Jason Maile scored 40 points and nailed eight 3-pointers. Maile was virtually unconscious in the second half, hitting all eight of his shots, including six treys as the Panthers wiped out a seven-point deficit. Vonteego Cummings had a big night as well, scroing 26 points and handing out seven assits.
  • 1/21/1998 - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge announces at a news conference that a financial commitment in state funds have been committed to the University of Pittsburgh for construction of capital projects including the new Convocation Center
  • 3/4/1998 - Vonteego Cummings scored 37 points, but they weren't enough as Villanova defeated Pitt, 96-93, in two overtimes at the Big East Tournament.
  • 11/27/1998 - The Panthers ran their early basketball record to 6-0 with a 68-56 win against Kentucky at the Puerto Rico Shootout.
  • 2/1/1999 - Men's Basketball coach Ralph Willard announced his resignation, effective at the end of the 1998-99 season.
  • 3/8/1999 - After building a strong program and directing one of the best single season turnarounds in NCAA hostory, Ben Howland is named as the 13th head basketball coach at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 3/18/1999 - Pitt trustees vote to raze 75 year-old Pitt Stadium after the 1999 season, play the 2000 season in Three Rivers Stadium, then move to the new Steleers stadium. The new arena will be built on the Pitt Stadium site.
  • 6/22/1999 - It is announced that alumnus John Petersen and his wife, Gertrude, donate $10 million toward the construction of the convocation center, which will be named for them. It is the largest individual gift ever at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 6/15/2000 - The Official Groundbreaking for the John M and Gertrude E. Peterson Events Center on the former site of Pitt Stadium.
  • 1/20/2001 - The Panthers handed Georgetown its first basketball loss of the season, 70-66, in a game played at the MCI Center.
  • 3/9/2001 - Isaac Hawkins' free throw with three seconds remaining in overtime gave Pitt a thrilling 55-54 win against Syracuse in the semifinals of the Big East Tournament. The win put the Panthers in the championship game of the tournament for the first time.
  • 12/8/2001 - Pitt, playing Penn State in men's basketball at Fitzgerald Field House for the first time in 20 years, defeated the Nittany Lions, 83-53, the largest margin of victory by the Panthers in the all-time series.
  • 2002 - In April, Ben Howland becomes the University of Pittsburgh's first coach since Johnny Majors in 1976 to garner national coach of the year honors. Howland earns five national coach of the year honors.
  • 2002 - In November, Pittsburgh is ranked preseason No. 4, its highest ranking since a No. 4 ranking to start the 1987-88 campaign.
  • 1/7/2002 - Following a 77-74 victory at Boston College and armed with a 14-1 record, surprising Pittsburgh is ranked for the first time since the 1992-93 season. It was the start of 32 consecutive weeks ranked in both major polls.
  • 2/10/2002 - The Panthers stormed back from a 14-point second-half deficit to defeat Syracuse, 75-63, at the Carrier Dome, Pitt's third consecutive basketball victory against the Orangemen.
  • 2/26/2002 - Pitt clinched the Big East's West Division with a 73-66 overtime decision against Seton Hall, in overtime, at Continental Airlines Arena.
  • 3/5/2002 - Ben Howland was named Big East Men's Basketball Coach of the Year and Brandin Knight was selected Co-Player of the Year during a special banquet on the eve of the 2002 Big East Tournament.
  • 3/7/2002 - With a 76-62 victory over Boston College in the Big East Tournament semifinal, Pittsburgh sets a new school record for season victories surpassing the previous school-record of 25 wins set in 1986-87.
  • 3/9/2002 - The Panthers dropped a thrilling 74-65 double-overtime decision to Connecticut in the finals of the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
  • 3/10/2002 - Pitt men's basketball team gets NCAA tournament bid after posting 27-5 season. It is the first NCAA bid in nine years.
  • 3/17/2002 - Pitt defeated California, 63-50, in the second round of the NCAA's at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh, sending the men's basketball team to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 1974.
  • 3/21/2002 - Kent State defeats Pittsburgh 78-73 in overtime in NCAA Sweet Sixteen play. Pittsburgh closes out the 2001-02 season with a 29-6 record, NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance, Big East West championship, its first league title of any kind since the 1987-88 campaign.
  • 6/5/2002 - Coach Ben Howland receives the City of Champions Achievement Award
  • 8/31/2002 - Pittsburgh announces that the entire 2002-03 men's basketball season has become a sellout for the 12,508-seat Petersen Events Center. A significant achievement since Pitt previously played in the 6,978-set Fitzgerald Field House.
  • 11/23/2002 - The University of Pittsburgh opens the brand-new Petersen Events Center with an 82-67 fefeat of Duquesne. The sell-out crowd of 12,508 set a new Pittsburgh record for the largest on-campus basketball crowd in school history.
  • 12/22/2002 - Pittsburgh ascends to a school-record tying No. 2 national ranking by the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today. It is the highest Pitt has been ranked since the 1988 season and the first of eight national rankings on the year at the No. 2 spot.
  • 3/5/2003 - Pittsburgh's winningest four-class of Brandin Knight, Ontario Lett, and Donatas Zavackas plays its final home game. The trio finished with a school-best 89-40 four-year record.
  • 3/9/2003 - Pittsburgh clinches its second consecutive Big East West regular season title with a 56-54 victory at Villanova. Villanova played with just seven players after seven players were suspended for making unauthorized phone calls.
  • 3/15/2003 - In its third consecutive Big East title game appearance, Pittsburgh claims its first-ever Big East Tournament Championship with a 74-56 victory over Connecticut. Julius Page is named tournament MVP while Brandin Knight earns all tourney honors. Knight, whose dive after a loose ball personifies the Panthers work ethic, set Big East Tournament records for assits and steals.
  • 3/23/2003 - With a 74-52 victory over Indiana in the NCAA Second Round in Boston, Pittsburgh earns its second consecutive appearance in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
  • 4/15/2003 - Jamie Dixon is named the University of Pittsburgh's 14th men's basketball coach
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 3/6/2004 - Pitt clinches the Big East men's basketball championship with a 59-45 victory over Villanova in the Petersen Events Center, finishing 13-3 in league play.
  • 3/9/2004 - Pitt men's basketball dominates the Big East's annual awards presentation by taking home the Coach of the Year (Jamie Dixon), Rookie of the Year (Chris Taft), Sportsmanship (Jaron Brown) and Most Improved (Carl Krauser) honors.
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Women's Basketball Timeline (Last Updated 6/6/06)

  • 1914-15 - Coach Emerson Landis led the Panthers first Women's Basketball team to a 1-loss season.
  • 3/15/1924 - The Women's Basketball team played an exhibition game against a Panthers alumni squad.
  • 12/6/1974 - In the inaugural Women's Basketball contest, the Panthers downed cross-town foe Duquesne University, 91-32.
  • 12/13/1975 - Debbie Jones collected 30 rebounds in a 74-63 victory over Glassboro State College.
  • 1/30/1978 - Debbie Lewis handed out 16 assists in a 99-81 victory over LaSalle University.
  • 1983-4 - Judy Saurer was named Big East Women's Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • 1/18/1984 - Kim Tirik was credited with 16 assists in a 77-61 win against West Virginia.
  • 1984-5 - Jennifer Bruce scored a school-single season record 681 points for the women's basketball team.
  • 12/18/1990 - Lorri Johnson became the all-time leading scorer (2,312 points) in Pitt women's basketball history. On Dec. 18, 1990, she scored a school single-game record 45 points in a 111-97 win against Kent State.
  • 1990-1 - Jonna Huemrich was named Big East Women's Basketball Rookie of the Year.
  • 1/26/1991 - The Pitt women's basketball team defeated Connecticut, 61-59, at Fitzgerald Field House, snapping what had been the nation's longest current winning streak at 14 games.
  • 3/3/1991 - Lorri Johnson became the Pitt women's basketball all-time scoring leader in her final game as a Panther. She finished with 2,312 points.
  • 1993-4 - The women's basketball team, coached by Kirk Bruce, finished its season with a 21-10 record and a third-place finish at the Women's National Invitation Tournament in Amarillo, Texas.
  • 1/21/1998 - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge announces at a news conference that a financial commitment in state funds have been committed to the University of Pittsburgh for construction of capital projects including the new Convocation Center
  • 4/13/1998 - Traci Waites hired as Women's Basketball coach, replacing Kirk Bruce, who had resigned
  • 3/18/1999 - Pitt trustees vote to raze 75 year-old Pitt Stadium after the 1999 season, play the 2000 season in Three Rivers Stadium, then move to the new Steleers stadium. The new arena will be built on the Pitt Stadium site.
  • 6/22/1999 - It is announced that alumnus John Petersen and his wife, Gertrude, donate $10 million toward the construction of the convocation center, which will be named for them. It is the largest individual gift ever at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 1999-2000 - Traci Waites was named Big East Women's Basketball Coach of the Year and the Panthers earned an invitation to the Women's National Invitation Tournament.
  • 6/15/2000 - The Official Groundbreaking for the John M and Gertrude E. Peterson Events Center on the former site of Pitt Stadium.
  • 2002 - Gymnast Nathalie Sulpher set a school record on the vault.
  • 1/25/2003 - Pitt women's basketball hosts Connecticut at the Petersen Events Center in front of a crowd of 12,632, establishing a new city of Pittsburgh women's basketball attendance record.
  • 5/1/2003 - Pittsburgh names Agnus Berenato Head Women's Basketball Coach
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 3/3/06 - Marcedes Walker (First Team) and Mallorie Winn (Second Team) are the first Panther teammates to earn All-Big East First or Second Team honors in the same season since 1982-83.
  • 3/18/06 - Pitt's 64-57 victory over Delaware in the first round of the WNIT is the Panthers' 20th victory of the season, completing a quick turnaround by Agnus Berenato in just three years as a head coach.
  • 3/24/06 - In the WNIT quarterfinals, Pitt downs Virginia 68-58 at the Fitzgerald Field House to tie the school record for wins in a season with 22. The Panthers also win a school-record third postseason game in a single season.
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Men's Soccer Timeline (Last Updated 7/30/05)

  • 1953 - Leo Bemis became head coach of the Panthers inaugural soccer team, a position he would hold until 1983.
  • 1954 - In only its second year of competition, Pitt posted an 8-1 overall record.
  • 1955 - Bob Cherry set the Panthers single-season record for goals scored with 18.
  • 1961 - The Panthers upset Penn State 1-0 in the season finale. Corky Cuthbert scored 13 goals on the season.
  • 1962-63 - The soccer team posted an undefeated regular season and received an NCAA bid.
  • 1971 - Joe Luxbacher scored seven goals in a victory over Edinboro.
  • 10/14/1977 - Craig Connolly's goal at the 31 second-mark against Youngstown State University set a Panthers record for fastest goal scored in game.
  • 11/6/1977 - Craig Connolly's hat trick provided the Panthers only points in a 3-2 victory over West Virginia.
  • 1978 - The Panthers scored an upset win against eighth-ranked Penn State.
  • 1983 - Leo Bemis spent his final season as Pitt's soccer coach. He was replaced by one of his former star players, Joe Luxbacher.
  • 1992 - Former goalkeeper Adam Spitzer was the first Panther to ever earn Big East Conference player of the week
  • 1994 - Eric Prex finished his soccer career tied with Joe Luxbacher for most points scored (84) in a career.
  • 1995 - The men's soccer team went 14-6-1 and advanced to the finals of the Big East Tournament, where it was defeated by St. John's. Joe Luxbacher was named Big East Coach of the Year.
  • 1996 - Soccer goalkeeper Adam Spitzer ended his career with 25 shutouts, a school record.
  • 1999 - Former Panther star Drew Kopp was drafted by the A-League's Hershey Wildcats
  • 2000 - The men's soccer team finished with its highest single-season winning percentage (.722) in school history. The Panthers went 13-5.
  • 2000 - Justin Gaul became Pitt's first soccer player to be named Big East Player of the Week twice in one season.
  • 9/29/2000 - Spencer Barton pulled off a hat trick in a 3-2 soccer win at Notre Dame.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
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Women's Soccer Timeline (Last Updated 7/30/05)

  • 1996 - Women's soccer made its debut as Pittsburgh's 18th varsity sport. The Panthers, under the direction of coach Roland Sturk, played their first home game against Canisius at Pitt Stadium on Sept. 21, 1996.
  • 1997 - Soccer goalkeeper Nicole Bashor had a school single-season record five shutouts.
  • 1998 - The Pitt women's soccer team earned a berth in the Big East playoffs in only its second season of conference play. In a game against Wagner, Cande Ruiz recorded 10 points (three goals, four assists), a school record for points in one game.
  • 2000 - Rachel Brown sets school record with 16 saves in game vs. Notre Dame
  • 2000 - Rachel Brown is named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year. She is the first Panther women's soccer to be named a conference player of the year.
  • 11/9/2001 - Rachel Brown was named Big East Goalkeeper of the Year for the second consecutive season.
  • 3/27/2003 - Sue-Moy Chin named Head Women's Soccer Coach
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh
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Swimming and Diving Timeline (Last Updated 5/26/06)

  • 1912 - The completion of Trees Gymnasium on the upper campus made it possible to add Swimming & Diving to the Panthers list of varsity sports.
  • 1936 - Swimmer Russell Lindberg won the 150-yard Backstroke crown at the Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association Team Championship.
  • 1940 - Led by Dick Ames, Herb Cosgrove and Joe Orloff, the Panthers won the Eastern Collegiate Men's Swimming title.
  • 1953-54 - Pitt's Mens Swimmers captured their third straight Eastern Collegiate Swimming Association championship.
  • 1954 - Arnie Sowell won the 800 meters in 1:50.5 at the NCAA Championships.
  • 1954 - Swimmer Ron Gainsford earned All-America honors for the third consecutive year.
  • 1955-56 - Swimmer Jim Zurcher won two gold medals at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1962-63 - Trees Pool and Gymnasium was erected across the street from the Field House on Pitt's upper campus. The facility was named for benefactor Joe Trees.
  • 1964-65 - The Panthers Swimming & Diving team competed at Trees Pool for the first time.
  • 1971 - The Panthers Distance Medley Relay team (Ken Silay, Dorel Watley, Mike Schurko and Jerry Richey) won the NCAA Indoor Track & Field title.
  • 1972 - Former Panthers diver Dick Rydze won a Silver Medal in the Summer Olympics in Munich, Germany.
  • 1972 - Dick Bradshaw was named head Swimming coach.
  • 1975-76 - In only their second season of competition, the Panther Women's Swimming and Diving team posted an 11-0 record.
  • 1975-76 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler earned All-America recognition in the 50 butterfly and 50 freestyle.
  • 1977-78 - The Panthers posted an 8-0 record in coach Richard Bradshaw's final season.
  • 1978 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler won the 50-meter butterfly (23.70) at the AIAW Championships.
  • 1978-79 - The Panthers enjoyed their second consecutive undefeated dual-meet season, winning all nine meets under first-year coach Fred Lewis.
  • 1979 - Swimmer Kathy Stetler earned All-America honors for the fourth time in her career.
  • 1979-80 - The Pitt men's swimming and diving team ran its dual-meet win streak to 28, the nation's longest at the time.
  • 1980 - Swimmer Stu Swanson earned All-America status in the 200 backstroke for the second consecutive season.
  • 2/19/1983 - The Pitt men's swimming and diving team won the Big East title in its first season of conference competition.
  • 2/19/1983 - Pitt's women's swimming and diving won the Big East championship.
  • 2/19/1983 - Swimmer Jan Ujevich won four individual titles at the Big East Championships.
  • 2/18/1984 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 2nd Big East Title
  • 3/2/1985 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 3rd Big East Title
  • 2/22/1986 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 4th Big East Title
  • 2/22/1986 - The women's swimming and diving team completed an 11-0 dual-meet season and won its fourth straight Big East title. Tracy Pfister ended her career as a nine-time Big East champion.
  • 1987 - Pitt's 4x800-meter relay team set an NCAA Indoor record (7:20.43).
  • 2/14/1987 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 5th Big East Title
  • 1987-8 - Richard Bradshaw returned to coach the men's swimming and diving team. The three subsequent seasons produced a 28-4 dual-meet record and three Big East titles.
  • 2/13/1988 - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their sixth straight Big East Conference titles.
  • 2/12/1989 - Swimming & Diving - Women and Men each win their 7th Big East Title
  • 1990 - Diver Jon Sharkey won both diving events for the second straight year at the Big East Championships.
  • 2/11/1990 - The men's and women's swimming and diving teams won their eighth straight Big East titles.
  • 2/10/1991 - The women's swimming and diving team won its ninth consecutive Big East title under the direction of coach David Belowich.
  • 2/22/1992 - The men's swimming and diving team won its 10th straight Big East championship.
  • 2/26/1994 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 11th Big East Title
  • 1995 - Swimmer Matt Brady left Pitt as a six-time Big East champion, including three straight first-place finishes in the 400-IM.
  • 1996 - Diver Sunday Lewandowski won the Big East's one-meter diving event.
  • 1996 - Diver Sunday Lewandowski became a four-time Big East champion.
  • 1997 - Diver Jamie Tomazich earned All-America honors on the one-meter board.
  • 1997 - Diver John Soulakis achieved All-America status in both 3-meter and platform diving.
  • 2/21/1997 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 12th Big East Title
  • 1998 - Swimmer Jon Haggerty ended his career as a six-time Big East champion.
  • 2/20/1998 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 13th Big East Title
  • 2/27/1999 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 14th Big East Title
  • 2/19/2000 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 15th Big East Title
  • 2001 - Swimmer Eric Limkemann established school records in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 freestyles.
  • 2001 - Mike Grube set school records in the 50 and 100 freestyles, and was part of three school-record-holding relay units.
  • 2001 - Diving coach Julian Krug was named diving coach of the year
  • 2/17/2001 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 16th Big East Title
  • 2002 - Chuck Knoles was named Big East Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth time. Pitt swimmers set three meet records at the 2002 Big East meet. A school-record eight Panthers represented Pitt at the NCAA's.
  • 2/23/2002 - The men's swimming and diving team captured its 17th Big East title, and its ninth under Head Coach Chuck Knoles.
  • 3/2/2002 - The Pitt women's swimming and diving team captured its first ECAC title.
  • 2/22/2003 - Swimming & Diving - Men win their 18th Big East Title
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2004 - Men's Swimming and Diving wins Big East Championship.
  • 2004 - Swimming and Diving's Eric Limkemann and Carolyne Savini both win the Blue-Gold Award.
  • 2005 Julian Krug was named Big East Diving Coach of the Year.
  • 2005 Dennis Nemtsanov garnered the Big East Diver of the Year award.
  • 2005 Women's Swimming and Diving Garnered Academic All-America Accolades
  • 2006 Darryl Washington, Tommy Bird, Jeff Leath and Jason Miller set the school record in the 200 free relay at 1:19.56.
  • 2006 Jeremy Stultz earned Big East Diver of the Year honors and advanced to the NCAAs.
  • 2006 Third-consecutive 10-win season.
  • 2006 Ranked in the top-25 by CSCAA.
  • 2006 Rewrote six school records.
  • 2006 Kristin Caiazzo was named the Big East Diver of the Year and advanced to the NCAAs.
  • 2006 Jordan Wallace, Stacie Safritt, Kelly Redcay, Kristin Brown became the first relay team to qualify for the NCAAs since the 1980s.
  • 2006 Earned Academic All-American honors.
  • 2006 Amy Miteff earned Academic All-District Second Team honors.
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Track and Field Timeline (Last Updated 6/1/06)

  • 1905 - WUP lost its first game to Wooster, 34-14.
  • 5/19/1905 - WUP's W.W. Gill placed fourth in the 100-yd dash (10-1.5) at the Intercollegiate Field Meet (Washington, Pa.)
  • 1908 - Pitt defeated neighborhood rival Carnegie Tech, 22-0, on Thanksgiving Day.
  • 5/16/1908 - Quince Banbury won the Broad Jump to give the Panthers a 59-58 victory over Carnegie Tech.
  • 2/21/1914 - The Men's Track & Field team won the Western Pennsylvania College Relays at the Pittsburgh Exposition Building.
  • 10/31/1914 - The Panthers set a school record for points scored in a 96-0 victory over Dickinson College at Forbes Field.
  • 1916 - John Bain "Jock" Sutherland set a school record in the Discus (128.90'). Also known for his exploits on the gridiron, Sutherland became one of the most decorated athletes in Panthers Football history before taking over as Panthers football coach in 1924.
  • 5/11/1921 - The Panthers Freshman Track & Field team defeated Schenley High School, 51-48.
  • 6/18/1921 - Frank Shea won the 440-yard dash at the NCAA Track & Field Championships in Chicago with a time of 49 seconds.
  • 1927 - Donald Gwinn won the Hammer Throw at the NCAA Championships (155'9").
  • 1928-29 - The Panthers Men's Track & Field team placed ninth at the NCAA Championships in Chicago.
  • 1929 - Donald Gwinn won his second NCAA Hammer Throw title (163'9.25").
  • 1930 - Pete Bowen won the 400M at the NCAA Outdoor Championships (48 seconds).
  • 1930-31 - Everett Utterback earned the second of two NCAA Indoor Titles in the Broad Jump.
  • 1932-33 - Carl Olson was named Track & Field head coach.
  • 1935 - Charles Gongloff won the Javelin at the NCAA Championships (221'3.13").
  • 1936 - Freshman John Woodruff won the Gold Medal in the 800M dash at the Berlin Olympics.
  • 1937 - John Woodruff successfully defended his NCAA title in the 800M dash (1:51.3).
  • 1938 - John Woodruff won the 800 meters at NCAA's (1:51.3).
  • 1939 - John Woodruff won his third straight NCAA 800M crown (1:51.3).
  • 1941 - "Bullet" Bill Carter tied the world record of 6.1 seconds in the 60-yard dash at the Butler Relays.
  • 1945-46 - Herb Douglas established a school record in the Broad Jump with a mark of 24'4.88" at the IC4A Championships.
  • 1948 - Former Panther NCAA champion Herb Douglas earned a bronze medal in the long jump for the United States at the Olympic Games in London.
  • 1948-49 - Clarence Doak was honored as the Panthers Track & Field MVP.
  • 1958-59 - Carl Rees replaced Carl Olson as the Panthers head Cross Country and Track & Field coach.
  • 1961 - Shot Putter Dan Kanell was named the top Track & Field Athlete in the East by the ECAC. His longest throw of the season covered 54'4.75".
  • 1964-65 - Jim Banner was named Cross Country/Track & Field coach.
  • 1968 - More than 1,000 spectators turned out for Pitt's first Indoor Track & Field meet at the Field House.
  • 1969-70 - Jerry Richey won the two mile run at the NCAA Indoor Championships in 8:39.2.
  • 1971-72 - Long jumper Bill Rea established a school record of 26'7.5".
  • 1977-78 - Dan Goodyear's leap of 7'1.25" set a Panthers outdoor record in the High Jump.
  • 1977-78 - Gene Roach established a school record of 15'1" in the pole vault.
  • 1982-3 - John Vasvary is Pitt's new men's track and field coach, replacing Mike Agostinella.
  • 1983 - Roger Kingdom won the NCAA Outdoor title in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.54 and earns All-American status at the NCAA Championship
  • 1984 - Roger Kingdom sets American record in the 55 meter high hurdles in 7.03
  • 1984 - Roger Kingdom won an Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles
  • 1986 - Lee McRae sets the world and American record in the 55 meter dash with a time of 6.00 seconds
  • 1986 - Lee McRae earns All-American status in 100 meter dash by winning the NCAA championship in 10.11
  • 1986 - Renee Henderson captured her third consecutive Big East Outdoor title in the 100 meters.
  • 1987 - Lee McRae sets NCAA & American record in the 60 meter dash in 6.50
  • 1987 - Lee McRae earns All-American status in 100 meter dash at the NCAA Championship in a time of 10.21
  • 1987 - Lee McRae earns All-American status by finishing 2nd in the 200 meter dash at the NCAA Championship in a time of 20.44
  • 1987 - Hurdler Elbert Ellis earned his second Outstanding Performance Award at the Big East Outdoor Championships.
  • 1987 - Lee McRae won 55-meter dash at NCAA Indoors (6.13).
  • 1988 - Roger Kingdom won his second straight Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter high hurdles, this time in Seoul, South Korea.
  • 1988 - Lee McRae won 55-meter dash at NCAA Indoors (6.09).
  • 1988 - Roger Kingdom won his second Olympic gold medal in the 110-meter hurdles
  • 1989 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Indoor title.
  • 1989 - Eric Cannon earns All-American status finishing 2nd in the 110-meter hurdles in a time of 13.21
  • 1989 - Elbert Ellis earns All-American status by finishing 8th in the 110-meter high hurdles in a time of 13.78
  • 1990 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship.
  • 1991 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship. All-American Allison Williams finished her career as an eight-time Big East champion.
  • 1994 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Outdoor Championship.
  • 1994 - Allison Williams concluded a great collegiate track and field career by being named the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. She also received Pitt's Blue-Gold Award.
  • 1994 - The Pitt men's track and field team captured the Big East Outdoor title.
  • 1995 - Najuma Fletcher won the triple jump (44-2 3/4) at NCAA Indoors.
  • 1996 - Najuma Fletcher won the high jump (6-0 3/4) at NCAA Indoors. Fletcher also earned her third consecutive Outstanding Field Performer citation at the Big East Outdoor Championships.
  • 1997 - Trecia-Kaye Smith was named NCAA National Track Athlete of the Year
  • 1998 - Trecia Smith won two NCAA title at NCAA Indoors - long jump (21-6 1/4) and triple jump (46-1 1/4). She also won the triple jump (45-10 1/2) that same year at NCAA Outdoors.
  • 1998 - Women's Track Team finishes 3rd at NCAA indoor championship. This was their highest finish ever.
  • 1999 - The women's track and field team won the Big East Indoor Championship.
  • 1999 - Trecia Smith won the long jump (21-5 1/4) at NCAA Indoors and the long jump (21-8 1/4) at NCAA Outdoors.
  • 2000 - Chante Earle earns All-American status by winning the NCAA Championship 800 meters with a time of 2:02.19
  • 2002 - Chantee Earl won the 800 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
  • 8/1/2002 - Alonzo Webb named Head Track & Field Coach
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Women's Tennis Timeline (Last Updated 5/26/06)

  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2003-04 Hayley Hughes became the sixth Panther to earn a spot in the 100 Victory Club.
  • 2004-05 Jill Williams joined the 100 Victory Club with 104 wins in her career.
  • 2005 - Three Panthers earned All-America honors after top finishes at the NCAA Championships: Amanda Walker (shot put), Justin Clickett (shot put) and Tony Bonura (javelin)
  • 2005 - The women's track and field team had an award-winning season, capturing both the indoor and outdoor titles at the Big East Championships and the ECAC Championships. The team won 14 conference titles and had three "Outstanding Performers" in the Big East. Additionally, Head Coach Alonzo Webb and his staff received the "Coaching Staff of the Year" award.
  • 2005-06 Kristy Borza tied the most wins in a season record at 26 and tied the most doubles wins in a season record at 21, as well.
  • 2005-06 First Big East Championship berth in six seasons.
  • 2005-06 Head Coach George Dieffenbach earned his 250th career win.
  • 2005-06 Freshman Kristy Borza opened her career with an 8-0 streak.
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Women's Volleyball Timeline (Last Updated 6/6/06)

  • 1974 - Women's Volleyball was introduced as a varsity sport.
  • 1978-79 - The Panthers won the EAIAW title and finished No. 15 in the nation.
  • 1979 - The Pitt volleyball team captured its second straight EAIAW championship.
  • 1982 - The women's volleyball team, coached by Shelton Collier, reached the Top 20 for the first time in school history. Julie Gaul was named Most Outstanding Player of the Big East Tournament.
  • 1987 - The Pitt volleyball team registered a season record of 37-5.
  • 1988 - Shelton Collier finished his term as volleyball coach with a winning percentage of .758, the best in school history.
  • 1989 - The volleyball team captured the Big East title.
  • 1990 - Sue Woodstra was named Big East Volleyball Coach of the Year.
  • 1991-2 - Ann Marie Lucanie was named Big East Volleyball Player of the Year. On Sept. 13, 1991, Lucanie set a school single-match record for kills (37) in a match against Auburn.
  • 1992 - Ann Marie Lucanie was named MVP of the Big East Women's Volleyball Tournament for the third consecutive year. The following year she became the first athlete in Big East history to be named Big East Player of the Year three times in any sport.
  • 1994 - Pitt won its eighth consecutive Big East volleyball conference tournament.
  • 1999 - Volleyball player Kelly Meyers was awarded the University's Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year Award, becoming the first female student-athlete to receive the honor.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 11/23/2003 - The Panthers sweep host Notre Dame, 3-0, for its 11th Big East title and ended the Fighting Irish's 58-match home winning streak against conference opponents.
  • 12/5/03 - Pitt's 3-1 victory over Penn in the First Round of the NCAA Championship is the Panthers' first in nine years and just the third in the program's history
  • 11/29/04 - The Panthers earn their first-ever at-large berth into the NCAA Championship after finishing the regular season with a 21-10 mark. It is Pitt's second consecutive trip to nationals and the 11th in its history.
  • 9/16/05 - Senior Megan McGrane became the 13th player in NCAA Division I history to record 2,000 digs in a career when she passed the milestone at Ohio State. McGrane finished her career with a school-record 2,424 digs - the fourth most in NCAA annals.
  • 11/6/05 - Pitt's 3-2 comeback victory over fifth-ranked Notre Dame marked the highest-ranked opponent that the Panthers defeated in the 32-year history of the program. It was also the third time in two years that Pitt upset the nationally ranked Fighting Irish.
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Wrestling Timeline (Last Updated 6/1/06)

  • 2/6/1914 - The school's first-ever intercollegiate wrestling competition was held at Penn State.
  • 1933-34 - Wrestling was revived as a varsity sport.
  • 1949 - Rex Peery was named head coach of the Pitt Wrestling team.
  • 1949-50 - Wrestler Jim Conklin finished the season with a near perfect record, losing only 1 match all year.
  • 1951 - Ray Cappelli wrestling captian suffered only one loss in a stellar season for the Pitt grapplers.
  • 1952 - Wrestler Hugh Peery won the 115 pound NCAA title.
  • 1953 - A crowd of 1,937, the largest to watch a collegiate wrestling match in Pittsburgh at the time, saw the previously undefeated Panthers lose to Penn State, 16-12, in the season finale. Panthers grapplers Hugh Peery and Joe Solomon both finished their seasons with unblemished records.
  • 1953-54 - The Panthers captured the ECAC crown and earned runner-up honors at the NCAA Championships, Hugh Peery ran his unbeaten streak to 48 matches and earned his third NCAA title and Joe Solomon won the 167 pound NCAA crown.
  • 1955 - Joe Solomon won the 167 pound NCAA title. Ed Peery won the 123 pound NCAA title.
  • 1955-56 - The Panthers finished a perfect season with an Eastern title. Team captain Ed DeWitt finished his career unbeaten in dual-match competition.
  • 1957 - Ed Peery won the 123 pound NCAA title.
  • 1957-58 - The Panthers produced three individual NCAA Champions, the highest total in school history.
  • 1959 - The Panthers earned a first place finish at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1961 - Larry Lauchle earned Eastern Intercollegiate and NCAA titles and finished his career with a 27-1 dual match record.
  • 1961-62 - The Panthers finished the season with a 7-1-1 record and a Number 6 national ranking.
  • 1963-64 - Mike Johnson was honored with the Outstanding Wrestler Award at the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships.
  • 1965 - Rex Peery retired after compiling a 116-43-3 record in 15 seasons as Panthers head coach. Dave Johnson, a former Eastern Intercollegiate champion for the Panthers, was named Peery's successor.
  • 1967-68 - In his first year as head coach, Dave Adams was named Rookie Wrestling Coach of the Year by Amateur Wrestling News.
  • 1971-72 - Kevin Love won the 150 pound Eastern Intercollegiate title.
  • 1976 - Rande Stottlemyer won an Eastern Wrestling League championship and five Panthers qualified for the NCAA Tournament.
  • 1979 - Rande Stottlemyer, age 25, was named Pitt's wrestling coach, replacing Dave Adams.
  • 1983 - Wrestler Jeff Jelic won his second consecutive EWL title.
  • 1984 - Jeff Jelic became the all-time wins leader in Pitt wrestling history with 82 victories.
  • 1987-8 - Wrestler Pat Santoro went 48-0 and won the NCAA title at 142 pounds. He earned All-America honors for the third straight year and finished his Panther career with a record of 109-8.
  • 1988 - Pat Santoro won NCAA championship 142-pound division
  • 1989 - Pat Santoro became 3rd Panther to win multiple national titles when he won the NCAA championship in the 142-pound divisions
  • 1991-2 - Wrestler Scott Hovan (158 pounds) earned All-America status and heavyweight Perry Miller went 23-1 during the regular season.
  • 1995 - Pitt wrestling team registered its first victory against Penn State since 1975.
  • 1997 - Wrestler John Withrow became the first Pitt wrestler to receive All-America honors in three different weight classes. He was named the Omicron Delta Kappa Senior of the Year in 1997.
  • 2003 - Senior Carl Fronhofer completed an incredible run at the NCAA Championships as an unseeded wrester at 174 pounds, winning five consecutive bouts and advancing to the finals to earn his first All-America honor.
  • 5/16/2003 - Jeff Long is named athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh.
  • 2005 - Wrestler Drew Headlee becomes the Panthers' second All-American in three years, finishing in eighth place at 133 pounds.
  • 2006 - Justin Nestor won the EWL conference title at 165 pounds to become the 25th Pitt wrestler to do so.
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