Mike Bacasa is in his 15th season as a volunteer assistant coach with the University of Pittsburgh men's soccer program. A former Pittsburgh soccer player and 1993 graduate, Bacasa's responsibilities with the Panthers include scouting opponents and on-field coaching duties.
"Mike has been an integral part of our program for the last 14 years, as both a player and coach," said Head Coach Joe Luxbacher. "His playing experience coupled with his knowledge of soccer and coaching make him a fine asset to our program."
As a player, Bacasa transferred to Pitt after two seasons at Westminster College. He walked-on to the Panthers' squad and earned the starting stopper position. After his first season in 1992, Bacasa was voted by his teammates as the MVP, and that same season the Panthers advanced to the Big East Championship tournament. He was named team captain the following year.
Bacasa received his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1993. He earned a master's degree in physical therapy in 1996 from Chatham College. Currently, Mike operates his own business called Wellness For Life. A product of Pittsburgh's Shaler High School, Bacasa resides in Squirrel Hill with his wife Holly. Mike and Holly have two children: Mike and Charlie.