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The Jordano Era

• Winningest coach in Pitt program history with 511 wins
• Top 30 among active coaches with 794 wins
• 2013 and 2004 Big East Coach of the Year
• Averaging nearly 30 wins per season
• 10 Post-Season Appearances
• 53 players have signed professional contracts
• 12 All-Americans
• 18 All-Region Selections
• 49 All-Conference Selections
• 34 players drafted at Pitt (39 overall)
• 94 percent of players have received degrees
• 2013 G.I.B.S.O.N. Award Recipient
• 2010 Chuck Tanner Collegiate Manager of the Year
• 2010 ABCA East Region Coach of the Year
• 2010 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Inductee
• 2009 Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame Inductee

In November 1997, with the University of Pittsburgh baseball program struggling and in need of a new direction, the Panthers turned to Joe Jordano to step in as head coach. Now, more than 500 wins later, Pitt has reached new heights in the national polls and sent more than 50 players to pro baseball under his leadership. Having built the program into a regional power, Jordano is poised to guide the Panthers through another major moment in their history as he aims to make the leap to compete for an ACC Championship.

“We have come a long way in all aspects of the program,” says Jordano.  “It was my goal to establish a foundation of a program that would sustain a high level of respectability and success. We’ve embraced every challenge and have established a program that is well-respected, produces quality student-athletes, and is an asset to the University. I feel strongly that we have made solid progress in positioning our program to take the next step.”

The 2014 and ’15 campaigns saw the Panthers record signature victories while they worked to transition into one of the nation’s top baseball conferences. In 2013, the team claimed its first-ever win over the nation’s top squad by defeating No.1 Virginia, 2-1. The Panthers matched the feat in 2014, once again downing a top-ranked Cavaliers squad and eventual National Champions, 1-0. In 2013, the team claimed wins over No. 17 North Carolina, No. 20 Clemson, and a sweep of No. 23 Georgia Tech. Despite a 2014 season wracked by injury and talent lost to the professional draft, Jordano and his staff led the team to a dramatic series victory over No.11 North Carolina with a Sunday walk-off win. His consistent excellence was rewarded with his 500th career win as Pitt’s head coach on March 18, 2014.

Big East
The 2013 season, Pitt’s last in the Big East, was one of the most successful in program history as the Panthers won a school-record 42 games and were ranked for a program-best seven weeks during the season, climbing as high as a program-best 16th in the nation. Pitt also cracked the rankings of all five major baseball publications for the first time ever. A school-record eight Panthers took home All-Big East honors. Jordano also became the program’s all-time leader in coaching wins the year before in 2012, surpassing Bobby Lewis’ 399 (1955-1990), en route to his second Big East Coach of the Year award.

In the spring of 2011, the Panthers opened up their new home at Charles L. Cost Field at the Petersen Sports Complex. That season, Jordano guided the team to a third place finish in the Big East and a berth in the conference championships. As evidence of his success in skills development, six of Jordano's players' were selected in the 2011 MLB entry draft, the highest ever in the program's existence.

The 2010 season, the last at Trees Field, had also brought success to Jordano and his squad as the Panthers boasted one of the most dangerous lineups in collegiate baseball. Following that year, Jordano was named the ABCA East Region Coach of the Year and garnered the first ever Chuck Tanner Collegiate Baseball Manager of the Year award.

Highlights from Jordano’s first decade at the helm showcase the consistency he’s infused in the program. From 2002-2005, Jordano put together the best four-year winning stretch in the program's 109-year history, capturing a total of 143 wins over that span. The team’s 38 wins in 2004 tied for the second-most victories in a single season. The 2004 season also saw the Panthers appear in the Big East Championship in Somerset, N.J. – to which they returned the following season in 2005. Other 2004 accolades were numerous, capped by Jordano meriting his first Big East Coach of the Year honors.

Mercyhurst College
Jordano’s first head coaching position was at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa. During his 10-year reign on the Hill, Jordano's numbers speak for themselves: 283 wins against only 118 losses; six post-season appearances; two conference championships in his two years in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference; 30 All-Region players; four All-Americans; and several players in professional baseball. Upon leaving Mercyhurst, he was the winningest coach in school history. Jordano was also named the GLIAC Coach of the Year twice and was the Louisville Slugger NCAA DII Independent Coach of the Year in 1995. During his stay, Jordano also served on the NCAA DII National Baseball Committee and served as a chairman of the North Central Baseball Region. On May 17, 2009, Jordano was inducted into the Mercyhurst College Hall of Fame.

Jordano has been honored by groups over the past several years for his contributions to baseball. In 2003, he was named "Baseball Man of the Year" in Erie, Pa. - his hometown, for "appreciation for his lifetime support and devotion to baseball on the local and collegiate levels." Following the 2004 season, Jordano was recognized by the Team Pittsburgh Group of Erie and was also awarded an Honorary Lifetime membership to the San Francisco Bay Area Pitt Club. Jordano was also inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame – Erie Metro Chapter in 2010.

While at the University of Pittsburgh, Jordano has served on the NCAA Regional Advisory Committee as well as President of the Big East Coaches group for four years, 2000-04. He currently sits as Regional Chair for the American Baseball Coaches Association and the ABCA Division I Advisory Board.

Along the way, Jordano has also earned the respect of some of the top collegiate coaches in the country:

LSU Head Coach Paul Maineri

"Joe Jordano is without a doubt one of the finest college baseball coaches in the country and a man I admire very much. He has done a remarkable job with the program at the University of Pittsburgh. While I was coaching at Notre Dame and in the Big East, I always enjoyed the competition with the Panthers because we knew Pitt would always be well prepared, play hard, and play with a great deal of enthusiasm. I always attributed this to the way Joe handled his team and the competitive fire that he possesses. It seemed his teams always took on his personality, as they played the game with a lot of confidence and had a lot of fun. We had some tough losses to Pitt through the years; however, every time we lost to them I walked away from the game feeling that Pitt deserved to win because they outplayed us."

Vanderbilt Head Coach Tim Corbin
"Very seldom do you come across a coach on the other side of the field that you truly respect, admire and like....Joe Jordano is that coach. He is a coach that can relate well with young people and get the very most out of them - that has been very apparent at Pittsburgh. Although he is a friend, I consider him one of the best baseball coaches in the country."

Jordano received his bachelor's degree from Westminster College, where he was a stellar four-year letter-winner and All-District performer in baseball for the Titans. He spent time as the radio voice of Westminster football and basketball as an undergraduate – a hobby he maintained into his early coaching days as he called games for Minor League Baseball’s Erie SeaWolves. He later obtained his master's degree in athletic administration from Slippery Rock University.

Jordano resides in Cranberry Township with his wife, Michell, sons Matthew and Joseph, and daughter Sophia.

1998-present Head Baseball Coach - University of Pittsburgh
1987-1997 Head Baseball Coach - Mercyhurst College



Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



ECAC Baseball Tournament


Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 25 Div. II - NCAA Regional


Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College




Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 20 Div. II - NCAA Regional


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 15 Div. II - NCAA Regional
Louisville Slugger DII Ind. Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 10 Div. II - NCAA Regional
GLIAC Champions - Coach of the Year
Louisville Slugger GLIAC Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College



Ranked top 10 Div. II - NCAA Regional
GLIAC Champions - Coach of the Year
Louisville Slugger GLIAC Coach of the Year


Mercyhurst College Totals



Winningest coach in Mercyhurst Athletic history
Ranked in the Top 10 NCAA Winningest Active
(at time of leaving the College 1997)
*Member of GLIAC - 1988-1995 independent
Inducted into the Mercyhurst Hall of Fame - May 15, 2009



University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



1st 30 win season in 5 years - Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



3rd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll; 18 game turn-around; 3rd most Big East wins in regular season (14)


University of Pittsburgh



3rd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll


University of Pittsburgh



2nd Winningest season in Pitt history; ranked NCBWA Poll; Big East Coach of the Year; Big East Tournament; 2nd most wins in Big East play (17)


University of Pittsburgh



Big East Tournament; Big East Championship Runner-Up; 2nd most wins in Big East play (17)


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



Fourth Place finish in Big East Conference during regular season


University of Pittsburgh




University of Pittsburgh



Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Third place finish in Big East in regular season; 2nd winningest season in Pitt history; most wins in Big East play (18); ranked in Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and USA Today Top 35 polls; ABCA East Region Coach of the Year; Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Third place finish in Big East in regular season; Big East Tournament; School record six draft picks in 2011 MLB Entry Draft


University of Pittsburgh



Fourth straight appearance in the Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



2013 Big East Coach of the Year, School record 42 wins; school-best eight All-Big East selections, Ranked in all five major polls for first time, No. 16 national ranking (highest ever), seven weeks in the polls (most ever), school record eight sweeps, fifth straight Big East Tournament


University of Pittsburgh



Knocked off first No. 1 team (Virginia) in school history; defeated six teams in the top-25, including a three-game sweep of a ranked Georgia Tech team; the three wins vs. GT also established a program-best six-game home win streak vs. top-25 opponents; extended conference home win streak to 18 games; had three players drafted


University of Pittsburgh



Largest season-opener margin of victory; defeated No. 1 Virginia for second consecutive year, first known Pitt team of any sport to record two years of defeating top-ranked foe; topped No. 11 North Carolina in three-game home series

18Year Pittsburgh Totals



Winningest coach in University of Pittsburgh history

28 Year Career Coaching Totals



Top 30 Active Winningest coach NCAA DI





Westminster College

New Wilmington, PA



Athletic Administration

Slippery Rock University

Slippery Rock, PA

Joe Jordano

Joe  Jordano

Erie, PA

Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Westminster College
Slippery Rock M.Ed. '94

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