Pitt’s six fall sports besides football held their media day on Wednesday, bringing the school’s volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s cross-country teams into the spotlight.
Head coach Dan Fisher is working on building from his first NCAA Tournament appearance during the 2016 season. They return all but one starter from last year’s team and are looking to take it a step farther in 2017.
Jay Vidovich inherited a train wreck in 2016 and he’s taken huge strides to completely revamp the program in just two seasons, turning over almost the entire roster and revamping the culture of a program that hasn’t seen a winning season since before most of its members were born. They probably won’t contend for an ACC title in 2017, but look for a huge improvement over their 2-13-3 season of a year ago.
Dynamic local freshman Aideen O’Donoghue should help secure a back line that will be backstopped by a pair of redshirt goalkeepers, which makes head coach Greg Miller is optimistic about the team’s future despite its lack of experienced goal scorers.
MEN’S AND WOMEN’S CROSS COUNTRY
An campus in Oakland doesn’t sound like a cross country paradise, but Pitt’s teams are thriving in an urban environment.