On Monday morning, Sports Business Journal announced that Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke had been nominated for Athletic Director of the Year.
Other nominees include two other ACC athletic directors – Notre Dame’ Jack Swarbrick and Virginia’s Carla Williams – as well as Alabama’s Greg Byrne and Baylor’s Mack Rhoades.
Athletic Director of the Year
▪️ @UofAlabama's Greg Byrne (@Greg_Byrne)
▪️ @PittTweet's Heather Lyke (@Pitt_LykeAD)
▪️ @Baylor's Mack Rhoades (@BUMackRhoades)
▪️ @NotreDame's Jack Swarbrick
▪️ @UVA's Carla Williams (@ADWilliamsUVA). pic.twitter.com/R5wKvMTg0T
— Sports Business Journal (@sbjsbd) May 3, 2021
Lyke led a Panthers Athletic Department that had one of its best years in history across the entire department, headlined by multiple NCAA Tournament runs as well as a potential run in the near future.
Pitt Volleyball made history, going 19-5 and making it all the way to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament before falling in a heartbreaker to seventh-seeded Washington. Pitt Wrestling sent five wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament, including two who were ACC Champions.
On Monday, Pitt Men’s Soccer continued its special season, defeating Monmouth and moving on to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt Women’s Soccer also had a very successful season, with Amanda West leading the nation in points per game and the team finishing 11-5.
Head Coach Mike Bell has completely turned around Pitt baseball, and with 11 games left on their schedule, the Panthers sit at 20-11 (14-10 ACC) and are ranked No. 16 in the nation according to Baseball America.
Overall, despite all of the struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-21 was a very successful year for Lyke and the Pitt Athletic Department.