On Monday morning, Sports Business Journal introduced that Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke had been nominated for Athletic Director of the Year.
Other nominees embrace two different ACC athletic administrators – Notre Dame’ Jack Swarbrick and Virginia’s Carla Williams – in addition to 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 finest years in historical past throughout the total division, headlined by a number of NCAA Tournament runs in addition to a possible run in the close to future.
Pitt Volleyball made historical past, going 19-5 and making all of it the option to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament earlier than falling in a heartbreaker to seventh-seeded Washington. Pitt Wrestling despatched 5 wrestlers to the NCAA Tournament, together with two who have been ACC Champions.
On Monday, Pitt Men’s Soccer continued its particular season, defeating Monmouth and transferring on to the third spherical of the NCAA Tournament. Pitt Women’s Soccer additionally had a really profitable season, with Amanda West main the nation in factors per recreation and the staff ending 11-5.
Head Coach Mike Bell has fully circled Pitt baseball, and with 11 video games left on their schedule, the Panthers sit at 20-11 (14-10 ACC) and are ranked No. 16 in the nation in line with Baseball America.
Overall, regardless of all of the struggles with the COVID-19 pandemic, 2020-21 was a really profitable 12 months for Lyke and the Pitt Athletic Department.