Pitt Baseball Coach Jordano Resigns

Pitt's winningest coach done after 21 years

Josh Rowntree
June 22, 2018 - 12:09 am
Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano

Josh Rowntree

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Pitt baseball coach Joe Jordano resigned Friday, ending a 21-year run for the school's longest active head coach.

Jordano, Pitt's all-time winningest baseball coach, is coming off a 29-26 season in which the Panthers made the ACC Tournament for the first time, beating Georgia Tech and scoring a surprising upset over North Carolina before falling in the semifinals. 

Twice named Big East Coach of the Year, Jordano went 588-522-2 in Pittsburgh. The Panthers, however, had a 50-98 record under Jordano in ACC play since joining one of the nation's most competitive conferences for the 2014 season. 23 conference losses came by a single run, eleven of them to nationally ranked teams. 

"I am honored to have had the opportunity to lead this program with integrity, passion and love for the past 21 seasons," Jordano said in a statement on Pitt's website. "It was my objective each day to provide an environment to allow our players to achieve a high level of success, both on and off the field. I am very grateful to my assistant coaches, players and Performance Team members who made my chapter of Pitt baseball a memorable one. Thank you for a great ride. Hail to Pitt!"

The Panthers had five players drafted this season, as well as a committed recruit. Jordano coached 13 All-American's in his time with Pitt. 

Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke will now begin a coaching search for the seventh time since being hired in March of 2017. 

"For more than two decades, Joe has been the face of Pitt baseball," Lyke said in a statement. "More importantly, he has also been the program's driving spirit. On behalf of Pitt Athletics, I want to thank Joe for his tremendous service to the University of Pittsburgh and congratulate him on a truly remarkable run coaching the Panthers. He responded to the challenge of moving into the ACC by building a strong and competitive foundation. Our task now is to build upon that foundation and continue our upward climb in the nation's best baseball conference."

In less than 15 months on the job, Lyke has hired Jeff Capel as men's basketball coach, Lance White as women's basketball coach, Randy Waldrum as women's soccer coach, Keith Gavin as wrestling coach, Samantha Snider as gynastics coach and Katie Hazelton as diving coach.