Pitt rewarded women’s basketball coach Agnus Berenato, who led the Panthers to the NCAA Sweet 16 for the first time in school history last spring, with a three-year contract extension through 2015-16.
“This shows tremendous loyalty from both the chancellor (Mark A. Nordenberg) and (athletic director) Steve Pederson and it will be an honor to continue working under them. I hope to end my career here and I will always give my best on and off the court. This extension says, ‘We are happy with what you are doing.'”
Berenato has lifted Pitt to three consecutive 20-win seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, in just five seasons. The Panthers reached numerous firsts under Berenato, including their first preseason and post-season rankings, first NCAA tourney trip and first win over a top-10 team (No. 9 Notre Dame on March 9, 2008).
“Under the leadership of Agnus Berenato, the women’s basketball program at hte University of Pittsburgh has reached unprecedented heights on the court, in the classroom and in our community,” Nordenberg said. “Her passion and commitment have fueled our programs impressive rise in a very short period of time. As gratifying as the last five seasons have been, everyone associated with our program is even more excited about the future. We are very pleased that Agnus will be part of Pitt’s future for the long term.”