PA Power Wrestling reports that after big names such as Lehigh’s Pat Santoro, Edinboro’s Tim Flynn, and South Dakota State’s Chris Bono decided to stay at their current posts, Pitt will name one of their former national champions, Keith Gavin, who won the title in 2008, as their next head coach. This will be Gavin’s first head coaching job after spending this past season as an assistant at Oklahoma. The two seasons prior to that, he was an assistant under Steve Garland at Virginia. He was also an assistant at Pitt for a year immediately after he graduated.
The Pitt coaching search came under intense scrutiny under new Pitt Athletic Director Heather Lyke who took over after the last head wrestling coach, Jason Peters, was dismissed mid-season after an incident at the Midlands. Considering the turmoil of the past season and some of the big names that turned the job down, expect the choices made by Gavin as he fills out his staff to receive similarly close inspection. Pitt returns three of their four national qualifiers next season.