Pat Pecora, head coach of the nationally ranked Pitt-Johnstown wrestling team, has been named Athletics Director (Interim) at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The appointment, which was announced by Pitt-Johnstown President Dr. Jem Spectar, is effective immediately.
In announcing Mr. Pecora’s appointment, President Spectar remarked, “Through his commitment to excellence and dedication to athletics, Mr. Pecora has established a wrestling program that is nationally known and respected. His passion for athletics and his 32-years of success in his field make him ideally qualified to lead our athletics department to a new level of distinction.”
Mr. Pecora began his career at Pitt-Johnstown in 1976 as head soccer and wrestling coach and began to create a legacy that has brought national attention to the Pitt-Johnstown athletics program. In his 32 years at Pitt-Johnstown, his teams have captured 20 NCAA Regional Championships, including five straight from 2003 through 2007 and ten in a row from 1992 through 2001. Academically, his teams led the nation in NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team selections from 1997 through 2000. Mr. Pecora has coached 84 NWCA All-Academic Wrestling Team members and has been inducted into the Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame and the NCAA Division II Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In his new role, Mr. Pecora will be responsible for overall leadership, student athlete development, and compliance with University, WVIAC, and NCAA rules and regulations. He will continue to serve as head coach of the wrestling team. Mr. Pecora earned his BA in health and physical education from West Liberty State College and has done graduate work in the area of health education.
Founded in 1927, Pitt-Johnstown is the first and largest regional campus of the University of Pittsburgh. A vital knowledge center and a foremost contributor to the area’s educational, social, cultural, and economic environment, Pitt-Johnstown offers a high quality educational experience that is purposefully designed to prepare students for the real world of the 21st century.