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Most Recent Pitt Athletic Department Earnings Revealed



Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Pitt doesn’t boast one of the highest-revenue athletic departments in the country, but the Panthers still compensate its athletic leaders in a major way.

The Pitt athletic department financials aren’t always easy to obtain, but former Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter and current USA Today Sports writer Craig Meyer obtained the most recent 990 forms, posting those statistics on X (formerly known as Twitter). And the numbers are interesting.

Unsurprisingly, the long-term head coaches of revenue sports led the way. Pat Narduzi raked in $6.4 million while Jeff Capel made $3.52 million.

Director of Athletics Heather Lyke rounded out the million-dollar earners, bringing in $1.55 million.

A trio of Pitt football coaches each earned upwards of $700,000, but only one of those coaches is currently employed by the university. Randy Bates earned $868,334, since-fired Frank Cignetti Jr. earned $756,250 and Charlie Partridge — who has since left for the NFL — earned $747,917. Dave Borbely, a senior offensive line coach, earned $539,604.

Lance White, the women’s basketball head coach who was fired in March 2023, brought in $641,538.

Dan Fisher, the volleyball head coach who has guided Pitt to back-to-back Final Four appearances, earned $614,923. Mike Bell, the Pitt baseball head coach, rounded out the top earners with $503,338.

Since the most recent data is now a year old, and considering a handful of names have since exited the athletic department, these numbers aren’t quite up to date. But it’s interesting to see the distribution of payment among the top figures in the department.

Fisher, who has brought Pitt to national prominence as one of the top volleyball programs in the country, is likely earning more money now. It’s interesting, but not surprising, to see the numbers that Cignetti, Borbely and White brought in and also their subsequent dismissals.

Pitt can still compensate its coaches despite the rapidly evolving realm of college athletics, but the distribution hasn’t exactly been ideal recently.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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1 month ago

Duzz w/ 6.4 million? Thats 2 mil per win last year. Nice going bozo.

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