Hunter Gilstrap, the starting goalkeeper for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the USL Professional Division,will begin hisseason season with the Pitt men's soccer team this fall- the first for the Panthers' in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Gilstrap is no stranger to the ACC, having played three seasons at Clemson.
Most recently, Gilstrap coached the goalkeepers for the men's and women's teams at Carnegie Mellon University and founded the Riverhounds Goalkeeper Academy.
Gilstrap was the 13th overall pick and first goalkeeper selected in the 2006 USL-1 (not USL Pro) draft by Miami FC. He transferred to the expansion Cleveland City Stars in 2007, collecting 1,080 minutes in goal in 12 matches. Gilstrap recorded six shutouts en route to the USL-2 GAA Champion award (formerly the Goalkeeper of the Year).
The 6-3 goalkeeper helped the Stars reach the USL Second Division Championship in 2008. He totaled 720 minutes in eight matches, recording a goals against average (GAA) of 1.125 with three shutouts. Gilstrap played the 2008-09 offseason with the Maritzburg United of the South African Premier Soccer League.
He arrived in Pittsburgh in 2010 and made an immediate impact with the Riverhounds, capturing All-League honors and earning the USL-2 Goalkeeper of the Year Award. He led the league that same season in minutes (1620), matches played (18) and was second in shutouts (6), saves (74) and GAA (1.0).
The Lexington, S.C. native played three seasons at Clemson University, appearing in 21 matches with four shutouts. After graduating from Clemson in August 2005, Gilstrap played his final season of eligibility at the College of Charleston. He appeared in 19 games for the Cougars, recording 61 saves with a 1.03 GAA.
Coach Lux on Hunter: "Hunter is an accomplished player who has competed at the professional level for several years, and will undoubtedly bring out the best in our goalkeepers. He knows the position and understands what is required to become an elite goalkeeper. I am sure our players will respond positively to Hunter and will be better for it."