Narduzzi signs contract to lead Pitt football through 2030

Pat Narduzzi, Pitt’s head football coach since the 2015 season, has signed a contract extension through 2030, Director of Athletics Heather Lyke announced on March 28. No financial details of the deal have been released.

“I love Pitt football and the University of Pittsburgh,” Narduzzi said in a news release. “Pitt is truly home for my family and me. We are proud to represent this outstanding University and live in this tremendous city.”

Last year, Narduzzi, who turns 56 later this month, led Pitt to 11 victories — their most since 1981 — and their first outright conference title with a 45-21 triumph over Wake Forest in the ACC Championship Game.

“Our goal is to bring more championships back to Pitt,” the coach said. “I can't wait to lead this team into the 2022 season, starting with our nationally televised opener against West Virginia (Sept. 1 at Heinz Field).”

Narduzzi has consistently been the highest-paid person at the University. Pitt’s annual IRS 990 form filing for 2019-20, the latest year figures are available, show Narduzzi was paid $3.47 million and had total compensation of $4.82 million (up from $2.95 million and $4.07 million the previous year).

In the wake of the 2021 season, Narduzzi received the Andy Talley Tri-State Coach of the Year award, annually presented by the Maxwell Football Club to the top college coach in the northeast region. He also was a finalist for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year, Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year national awards.

Over his initial seven seasons as Pitt’s head coach, Narduzzi has compiled a 53-37 overall record, making him the fourth-winningest football coach in school history. If he stays through the end of the deal, Narduzzi will become Pitt’s longest-serving head football coach.

— Susan Jones


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