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2019 Woman of Excellence Award Cocktail Reception honoring Director of Athletics at the University of Pittsburgh, Heather Lyke.

Join us as we honor Heather Lyke, University of Pittsburgh Athletic Director at:



6:00-8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $50.00





The past year has witnessed a renewed energy surrounding Pitt Athletics. The Panthers are prowling again with an unmistakable strength of purpose. 
The catalyst behind this energy is Heather Lyke, now in her second year as Pitt’s director of athletics.  Although her tenure has been brief, Lyke’s impact has been considerable and impressive. 
Her influence has been evident in the recruitment of nationally regarded head coaches, a strengthened focus on the total student-athlete experience and the establishment of a culture of comprehensive excellence. 
At the conclusion of her first year at the university, Chancellor Patrick Gallagher announced a new six year agreement that will ensure her leadership at Pitt through at least 2024. The move was not only a reward for Lyke’s momentous first year, but also a reflection of the institution’s long-term commitment to a championship future for Pitt Athletics. 
"Heather is leading an ambitious charge to transform Pitt Athletics, and her success here is just beginning," said Chancellor Gallagher. "I am thrilled that she will continue to push our athletics programs to new heights—and spur positive change for our student-athletes and our university community—for years to come." 
"I am grateful to Chancellor Gallagher and our Board of Trustees for their belief in me, our team and what we are building in Pitt Athletics," Lyke said. "Their support is invaluable and every member of our department knows our university is committed to helping us construct a championship culture with the right people. I want to thank our university leadership for their belief in our vision of what Pitt Athletics is capable of achieving—athletically, academically, within our campus community and in the City of Pittsburgh.” 
Since joining Pitt in March 2017, Lyke has recruited eight new head coaches. This past off season, she appointed Jeff Capel—who owns a championship pedigree as a former Duke player and coach under the iconic Mike Krzyzewski—as the new leader of the Pitt men's basketball program. She also named highly regarded Florida State associate head coach Lance White as Pitt's new women's basketball coach.

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