Head coach Jamie
Dixon leads the University of Pittsburgh Panthers to play Division I basketball
in the Big East Conference.
Despite their brilliant play
during their regular seasons which has netted more than 20 invitations to the NCAA Tournament,
the program has only reached the Final Four once... in their first appearance
began playing men's basketball over 100 years ago. Their first season was in 1905
with Benjamin Printz as the head coach.
team was not active from 1909 through 1911 when it was resurrected by Wohlparth
Wegner who was head coach for just a year before turning over the fledgling program
to Dr. George M. Flint.
of the players Flint coached went on to medical school, but returned to his love
of basketball and his Alma Mater. That man was Dr. H.C. Carlson, his players called
him Doc... The Panthers
brought home two Helms Foundation National Championships in the 192728 and
legendary Doc Carlson coached those teams starring National Player of the Year
and Hall of Famer Charlie Hyatt. He coached for 30 years until 1953. Bob Timmons
took over when Doc retired and in 1968 Buzz Ridl followed him.
Grgurich took the helm next until replaced by Roy Chipman in 1980. In 1986, Paul
Evans took on the head coaching job and, when his contract expired in 1994, was
succeeded by Ralph Willard.
came Ben Howland's six years before he was wooed by UCLA and his native California.
He left the program in the very capable hands of the current head coach, his assistant,
More about Pittsburgh Panthers basketball around the Web:
University of Pittsburgh Panthers - CBS Sports team page for Pitt Panthers
men's basketball team featuring comprehensive information, the roster, standings,
stats, rankings, game-by-game, conference page and conference scores.