History of Pitt Basketball Coaches

The Pittsburgh Panthers introduced new men’s head basketball coach, Kevin Stallings, this week. [Read More] After 17 seasons at Vanderbilt, Stallings inherits a Pitt program that has become an annual contender in the ACC and invitee to the Big Dance. 

Before we look ahead to Stallings’ future, let’s take a look back at coaches of Pitt past.


Jamie Dixon

13 Seasons
Record: 328-123 (.727)
2x regular season conference champions
1x conference tournament champion
11 NCAA Tournament appearances
Coached: DeJuan Blair, Sam Young, Aaron Gray, Levance Fields

Ben Howland

Four Seasons
Record: 89-40 (.690)
2x regular season conference champions
1x conference tournament champions
2 NCAA Tournament appearances
Coached: Brandin Knight


Ralph Willard

5 Seasons
Record: 63-82 (.434)
No NCAA Tournament appearances


Paul Evans

Eight Seasons
Record: 147-98  (.600)
2x regular season conference champions
5 NCAA Tournament appearances
Coached: Charles Smith and Jerome Lane


Roy Chipman

Six Seasons
Record: 102-76 (.573)
2x conference tournament champions
3 NCAA Tournament appearances


Tim Grgurich

Five Seasons
Record: 69-70 (.496)
No NCAA Tournament appearances


Charles “Buzz” Ridl

Six Seasons
Record: 97-83 (.539)
One NCAA Tournament appearance
Coached: Billy Knight


Bob Timmons

15 Seasons
Record: 174-189 (.479)
3 NCAA Tournament appearances
Coached: Don Hennon


Dr. H.C. Carlson

31 Seasons
Record: 367-237 (.608)
4x regular season conference champions
2x National Champions
1941 Final Four
Coached: Charley Hyatt, Sykes Reed, Don Smith and Claire Cribbs