Megan McGrane became something of a legend in her time at Pitt, and her story of how she rose to become one of the most successful players in school history is a testament to her determination and commitment to the sport and Pitt's program. She'll now join the staff as a student assistant where she can provide the leadership necessary for this young group of competitors.
"My role is primarily working with passers and defenders," said McGrane. "I'm really excited to have the opportunity to work with the team this year and see the game from a different perspective compared to what I previously had been exposed to as a player.
In her four years with the Panthers, McGrane was the starting libero and the first in the program's history. Her athletic accomplishments led her to two "Big East Libero of the Year" awards and All-America honors. McGrane finished her career with 2,424 digs, ranking her fourth among NCAA Division I players. She was a 2006 recipient of Pitt's prestigious Blue-Gold award and now has her named etched in the school's Varsity Walk.
McGrane owns the school record books when it comes to digs, pulling in top performances in a single match, season and career. She has registered nearly 1,000 more digs in her career than any other player in Pitt history.
A born leader, McGrane excelled both on and off the court, clinching numerous conference and regional accolades for her volleyball skills while also earning recognition as the Big East Scholar-Athlete of the Year. McGrane served as a leader among her peers as a Big East representative on the National Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was selected for the NCAA's Competitive Safeguards and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee. Her accomplishments haven't gone unnoticed by anyone, as she was recently named the Big East's nomination for NCAA Woman of the Year in 2006.
McGrane is now pursuing her master's degree in exercise physiology after having received a post-graduate scholarship through the University of Pittsburgh.