Posted: 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Last month we looked at the possibility and after ten seasons at the helm of Pitt's women's basketball program, Agnus Berenato has been let go from Pitt. Despite last season's 0-16 conference record, there was hope for a turnaround in 2012-13. The Panthers had a promising recruiting class and the previous year's squad was young. Unfortunately, Pitt proceeded to lose every Big East game. Again. In the end, Steve Pederson decided a change was needed and I don't blame him for it.
The Panthers made two consecutive Sweet 16s in the midst of five consecutive postseason appearances and looked as though they had some staying power in women's hoops. Nowhere near the level of Connecticut, but perhaps consistent enough that they could expect to reach the postseason most years. However, a wave of transfers and youth led to Pitt's first 0-16 season and another year of experience didn't lead to a win in conference play.
"We have high aspirations for Pitt women's basketball and have witnessed the program achieving at impressive levels in the past," Pitt athletic director Steve Pederson said in a statement. "As we begin ACC play next season, the time is right for a leadership change in the program."
When it comes to the current team, the player to watch is 6'11" soon-to-be redshirt freshman Marvadene 'Bubbles' Anderson. Anderson, one of the tallest girls around, was one of Berenato's prized recruits. Hopefully Pitt can hang onto her.
As far as a new coach, an early name to watch is Duquesne head coach Suzie McConnell-Serio. She has had success with the Dukes and with a bigger name program in a better conference could lead Pitt back to the NCAA Tournament.