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Pitt Wrestling HC Keith Gavin Signs New Contract Through 2027



Pitt Wrestling head coach Keith Gavin signed a new contract that keeps him with the program through 2027, the school announced Tuesday.

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Gavin wrestled at Pitt in the 2000s, and is the last Pitt wrestler to win an individual national title, winning the 174-pound weight class in 2008.

Gavin started as head coach of the Panthers 2017 and in that time, the program is a better place than when he began. He led 27 Panthers to the NCAA Championships qualifiers, 10 ACC Champions, and seven All-Americans in those first five seasons.

His record as head coach stands at 38-31 overall, which includes important wins over teams ranked in the top 10, like Arizona State, Lehigh and Virginia Tech.

His best season came in 2020-21, where Pitt finished in 11th place at the NCAA Championships, the best finish for the program in over five decades. Nino Bonaccorsi and Jake Wentzel made it to the NCAA Wrestling Finals, the first duo for Pitt since 1963, helping Gavin earn ACC Co-Coach of the Year.

Gavin looks to eventually win the ACC Championships with Pitt and with a recruiting class that is highly touted as one of Pitt’s best, it could come sooner rather than later.


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1 year ago

We deserved.

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