After 21 seasons, Pitt has parted ways with longtime head baseball coach Joe Jordano, multiple sources tell Pittsburgh Sports Now.
Jordano, who got his start at Pitt in 1998, had one of his best seasons at the helm of the Pitt baseball program in 2018.
The Panthers finished the season 29-26, their best record since joining the ACC in 2014 and made their first-ever appearance in the ACC Tournament a memorable one by upsetting Georgia Tech and top-seeded North Carolina to advance to the tournament semifinals.
Jordano went 536-464-2 over his 19 seasons with the Panthers while dealing with significant scholarship and budget restraints on his team, particularly since the school moved to the ACC.
After Pitt’s most successful season in recent memory, the Panthers kept some momentum going into the offseason by getting sophomore pitcher Derek West and pitching commits Mason Ronan and Billy Corcoran to stick with Pitt after being drafted by MLB teams.
Jordano had written last week on Twitter that the was looking forward to the upcoming season.
“Really excited about the 2018-19 season,” he wrote. “Look forward to leading this group. Very talented (student-athletes) combined with an incredible work ethics will produce great results. Improving every day. Greatness does not rest. #H2P”
Kendall Rogers of D1Baseball first reported the news. A Pitt spokesperson declined to comment for this story.