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Pitt Volleyball to Host Free Blue-Gold Scrimmage




PITTSBURGH - The University of Pittsburgh volleyball team will hold its annual Blue-Gold Intrasquad Scrimmage Saturday, August 23 at 11 a.m. in Fitzgerald Field House, which will be free and open to the public. Prior to the match at 10:30 a.m., the Panthers will be hosting a meet-and-greet with legendary volleyball coach and former Pitt head volleyball coach Mike Hebert and current head coach Dan Fisher.

Blue-Gold Intrasquad Scrimmage

The Panthers annual Blue-Gold match is slated to begin at 11 a.m. this Saturday. The athletes will be split up into two teams and will go head-to-head against their own teammates.

The scrimmage will take place exactly a week before Pitt's first set of matches. The Panthers head to Bowling Green, Ohio to compete in the Hampton Inn Invitational from August 29-30. Over the weekend, Pitt will take on Middle Tennessee State, Dayton and tournament host Bowling Green.

Head coach Dan Fisher and his Pitt squad will return for their second year in the ACC after finishing 19-14 overall, 11-9 in the ACC and on a six game winning streak at the end of the 2013 season. Pitt returns five starters and 13 players overall from last year's team, including USA Volleyball Collegiate National Team member Delaney Clesen and Third Team All-ACC honoree Jessica Wynn.

Meet-and-Greet with Former Pitt Head Coach Mike Hebert and current Head Coach Dan Fisher

Beginning at 10:30 a.m. in the Fitzgerald Field House, fans will be able to meet with legendary volleyball coach and former Pitt head coach Mike Hebert and current head coach Dan Fisher. Pitt fans are encouraged to ask both coaches questions about the upcoming season and any other general volleyball information.

Hebert began his successful coaching career at Pitt, leading the women's team to a 128-53 record from 1976-1979 and was named the EAIAW Eastern Region Coach of the year twice.


 

 

Most recently, Hebert completed his coaching career at Minnesota. He guided the Golden Gophers to a 382-136 record during his 15 year tenure. Hebert led the Gophers to 14 NCAA tournaments and eight NCAA regionals. This included three NCAA Final Four Appearances (2003, 2004, 2009) and a Big Ten Championship in 2002.

Throughout his career, he has guided his teams to five Final Four appearances, 15 Regional appearances, 26 NCAA Tournament appearances and five Big Ten titles. He was named AVCA National Coach of the Year in 1985, and Big Ten Coach of the Year four times (1986, 1988, 1989, 2002).

Internationally, Hebert coached the U.S. Women's National Team to a bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2003. He was also the head coach of the U.S. women's team at the World University Games and Pan American Games in 1991.

Hebert authored Thinking Volleyball, which gives a unique and creative look at coaching the game. In 2006, Hebert was elected to the AVCA Hall of Fame.