Pitt announced today the promotion of Kirk Bruce, whose career at the university has spanned from athlete to coach to administrator, to associate athletic director for sport administration.
Bruce has spent the past decade overseeing Pitt’s Olympic sports – which includes men’s and women’s cross country, soccer, swimming and diving, track and field and women’s softball and tennis – and will now add volleyball to his duties.
Bruce will report directly to athletic director Steve Pederson, as Pitt enters plans for expanding its facilities for those sports.
“Kirk has been a valuable member of this team for many years,” Pederson said in a statement. “He has earned the respect of our coaches and student-athletes in all sports. I hold him in high regard personally and value his judgment on issues related to our teams in particular. This promotion is well deserved.”
Bruce, a 1976 Pitt graduate, played basketball for the Panthers from 1972-75 and later coached the Pitt women’s basketball team from 1985-98 before moving into administrative duties.
“I am honored and consider myself extremely lucky to continue to work with the talented group of people Steve Pederson has assembled in our athletic department at Pitt,” Bruce said in a statement. “There are so many exciting things happening in the sports that I work with, and I am looking forward to a bright, successful future for each of them.”