Jay Vidovich returning to college ranks to coach Pitt
Jay Vidovich has decided to return to the college ranks after one season coaching Portland Timbers 2 in USL, accepting the tough assignment of rejuvenating the men’s soccer program at Pitt.
“We were looking for an impact hire to change the culture and trajectory of the Pitt men’s soccer program,” Pitt athletic director Scott Barnes said in a news release. “Jay is without question that individual. He is one of the most successful Power Five coaches in the country and has a proven ability to win and recruit at a national championship level.”
Vidovich was at the helm at Wake Forest for 21 years, where he built the Demon Deacons into a national power and won the 2007 national championship. He was hired as the first coach of the Portland Timbers USL team last December and guided T2 to an 11-5-2 record in their inaugural season, falling 7 points shy of a postseason berth.
Pitt has been a doormat in the ACC since joining the conference, compiling a 9-18-7 record over their three seasons in the league. Their futility predates the ACC though by several years. For their last winning season, you have to go way back to 2000 when the Panthers went 13-5 and lost in the Big East Championship to Seton Hall.
Vidovich compiled a 272-121-50 record in Winston-Salem, leading the Demon Deacons to the NCAA Tournament in 13 of his final 14 seasons.
Just the third head coach of a men’s soccer program that dates back to 1954, Vidovich succeeds Joe Luxbacher, who announced his retirement last month after 32 years at the helm. Pitt’s first head coach, Leo Bemis, led the team for 30 years.