Pitt’s athletics department made a move this week to extend the contract of head volleyball coach Dan Fisher. His new deal keeps him in place until at least 2022. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
“We are excited to have Coach Fisher as the leader of our volleyball program for the long term,” said Lyke. “His vision, work ethic and commitment to our student-athletes has led to unprecedented success since he has taken charge of our program. We will do everything we can to support Coach Fisher, his staff and student-athletes to continue to achieve at the highest level possible within the ACC and nationally.”
“I would like to thank Chancellor Patrick Gallagher and especially Heather for having me be a part of their future plans,” said Fisher. “I am proud of the work we have done with the volleyball program over the last five seasons and am excited to continue building this team. Pittsburgh has become my home and it is an honor to be here.”
To say that keeping Fisher is a great move is an understatement. He’s one of Pitt’s best coaches and has the volleyball program steadily improving. The team has won more than 72% of its games under his watch and reached the NCAA Tournament in each of the past two seasons, getting to the second round each time.
Last year, Pitt was a co-champion of the ACC and this year, they are the heavy favorite to repeat as champion.
The move, of course, doesn’t assure Fisher will be here that long. As softball coach Holly Aprile recently did, he will be able to leave for another opportunity at any time. But Pitt extending him at least shows they are trying to keep him around.