PITTSBURGH — A star-studded group of Pitt greats were officially inducted into the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame in front of a sold-out crowd Friday evening at the Petersen Events Center. Established in 2018, the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame recognizes and honors student-athletes, coaches, teams and other members of the University of Pittsburgh community who have performed with distinction and been instrumental in the success of Pitt Athletics.
Eight different programs were represented in the 12-member class. Larry Fitzgerald joins the Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility following a Hall of Fame professional career, while Pitt wrestling head coach Kevin Gavin was also inducted for his career accomplishments on the mat as a student-athlete.
This year’s honorees, listed in alphabetical order, are:
- Richard Bradshaw (Swimming and Diving Coach)
- Ruben Brown (Football)
- Matt Cavanaugh (Football)
- Chris Doleman (Football; Posthumous)
- Larry Fitzgerald (Football)
- Keith Gavin (Wrestling)
- Bobby Lewis (Baseball Coach; Posthumous)
- Joe Luxbacher (Men’s Soccer Student-Athlete and Coach)
- Maureen McCandless (Women’s Track and Field/Cross Country)
- Suzanne Pulley-Klacik (Women’s Swimming)
- Clive ‘Clyde’ Vaughan (Men’s Basketball)
- Allison Williams-Murphy (Women’s Track and Field)
Bios for the class of 2023 can be found on the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame website.
Nominations for the Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame were solicited from the general public. Candidates had to be five years removed from their final year of collegiate competition and not currently be playing professional sports.
The Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame selection committee then evaluated the candidate pool and provided a recommendation on the class to the director of athletics.
In addition to Friday night’s Pitt Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner presented by PNC, the inductees will also be introduced at Acrisure Stadium when the Panthers take on North Carolina.