PITTSBURGH (KDKA/AP) – Suzie McConnell-Serio is out after five years as the women’s basketball coach at Pittsburgh.READ MORE: One Person Shot And Killed At Graduation Party In Washington County
Athletic director Heather Lyke announced Thursday that McConnell-Serio will not return for the 2018-19 season. McConnell-Serio went 67-87 with the Panthers, including a 22-58 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
“We thank Coach McConnell-Serio for her contributions to Pitt and wish her the very best in her future endeavors,” Lyke said. “In finding the next leader of our women’s basketball program, I believe this is an opportunity that will attract interest from across the country. We are wholeheartedly committed to building Pitt women’s basketball into a contender both in the ACC and nationally.”READ MORE: Police: One Dead After Reported Shooting On Frankstown Avenue
Pitt lured McConnell-Serio away from crosstown rival Duquesne in 2013 and tasked her with turning the program around. She guided the Panthers to the NCAA Tournament in her second season in 2014-15, when they went 20-12.
McConnell-Serio struggled to build on that tournament run. Pitt didn’t win more than 13 games in any of her final three seasons, including a 10-20 record this year.MORE NEWS: Pittsburgh Police Safely Locate Missing Woman Bebe Otokonda
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