Pitt volleyball coach Dan Fisher signed a new contract on Thursday that will keep him in Pittsburgh through 2026, according to Pitt athletic director Heather Lyke. The new deal secures the services of Pitt’s winningest coach of the 2010s, as Fisher amassed 178 wins between 2013 and 2019. In 2018, he surpassed former Pitt basketball coach Jamie Dixon, who had 140 wins between 2010 and 2016.
”It is with genuine enthusiasm that we reaffirm our long term commitment to Coach Dan Fisher,” Lyke said in a statement. “Our volleyball program has become a model for all of our teams and represents our department-wide goal of comprehensive excellence. ... Under Coach Fisher’s leadership, he and his staff have built Pitt into an elite volleyball program, and we are pleased to reaffirm our commitment to Dan and investment in our volleyball program."
Fisher has yet to post a losing record since arriving at Pitt in 2013, and he has led the Panthers to 25 wins or more in five of the last six seasons. Over the past four years, the program has hit its stride, making four straight appearances in the NCAA tournament and winning three straight ACC championships. The Panthers have also been dominant in ACC play, going 106-29 in conference under Fisher.
Pitt will look to build on its recent success in 2020, as it will return four of its seven starters from 2019, including ACC Player of the Year Kayla Lund and All-ACC honorees Chinaza Ndee and Lexis Akeo. The team has gone 30-2 in back-to-back seasons and is looking to translate its regular-season success into deep tournament runs.