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Pitt Women’s Soccer Head Coach Randy Waldrum Signs for Five Year Extension

Pitt women’s soccer head coach Randy Waldrum signed a five year extension that will keep him at the helm of the program through the 2027 season, the program announced on Thursday.

Waldrum joined the Panthers prior to the 2018 season and has been instrumental in improving the program from a perennial loser to one that looks to compete with the best of the best in the ACC.

Prior to his arrival, Pitt only won 25 games in the five seasons that Pitt joined the ACC in 2013 through 2017, including only seven wins in conference play. In his five seasons as head coach, Waldrum has led the Panthers to 45 wins, with 36 of those wins coming in the past there seasons.

Pitt struggled early on as Waldrum looked to build an identity, but this most recent season has proven him to be the right man for the job.

They made the ACC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history in the 2022 season. They lost to Notre Dame in penalty kicks in the ACC Tournament, but played great soccer in the NCAA Tournament, where they earned a No. 4 seed.

The Panthers won 1-0 against Buffalo in the First Round, thanks to a late goal from senior forward Leah Pais, and took down the No. 5 Georgetown Hoyas, 2-1 in the Second Round to make it to the Sweet 16. They eventually fell to the No. 1 Florida State Seminoles, 3-0, in that Sweet 16 matchup, but making it that far made them the greatest team in program history.

Pitt will look to improve going forward in 2023, as they bring back star forward Amanda West, defender Katie Zailski, midfielder Landy Mertz and others who played a large part in making 2022 such a memorable season.

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