The University of Pittsburgh is rewarding one of the most successful coaches in their athletic department.
The Pitt athletic department has announced that they’ve signed men’s soccer coach Jay Vidovich to a contract extension through at least the 2025 season.
This past season was a historical season for the Panthers men’s soccer program as for the first time, they were named the No. 1 ranked team in the country (twice), won the ACC Coastal Division Championship, entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 2 overall seed and for the first time reached the College Cup- men’s soccer Final Four. This team success also led to individual awards as Valentin Noel was named the first first team All-American in Pitt history. Jasper Loeffelsend was named second team All-American and Bertin Jacquesson was named ACC Freshman of the Year.
The Pitt Panthers finished the season with an overall record of 16-4 and 9-1 in ACC play, its best season in the 67 year history of the Pitt soccer program.
“Under the leadership of Jay Vidovich, our men’s soccer program has undergone an extraordinary transformation,” said Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke. “The team’s run to this year’s College Cup was truly remarkable, especially considering where the program was upon his arrival just five years prior. The University of Pittsburgh is thrilled to have Coach Vidovich leading our program well into the coming decade. Given his incredible track record, we know more historic successes are on the way.”
“My family and I are excited that Heather Lyke has provided us with the opportunity to continue our project with the Pitt Men’s Soccer Program,” said Vidovich. “It’s an honor to lead Pitt’s Men’s Soccer and to represent our jersey. I appreciate the leadership and support within the university and our athletic department. I’m excited to continue our work alongside such a talented staff and of course leading a group of hard working, committed student soccer players as we strive to win on and off the field. Our challenge now is to continue to push to improve and evolve as a program as we pursue future success for the university. I look forward to the next chapter in Pitt Soccer history.”
In five years at Pitt, Vidovich has a record of 44-44-6 and is 26-12-2 in the last two seasons.