The University Pittsburgh was so impressed after Pat Narduzzi's first year as head of the Panthers that the administration granted him an extra two.
Narduzzi and athletic director Scott Barnes agreed to a two-year contract extension, the school announced Thursday, which will keep Narduzzi on Pitt's sidelines through the 2021 season.
"Pat Narduzzi has adrenalized Pitt football on and off the field," Barnes said in a statement. "We are proud of what our program has accomplished this season. Moreover, we're excited about what our student-athletes can continue to achieve--on the field, in the classroom and in the community--under Pat's long-term leadership."
Narduzzi led Pitt to its most successful regular season in six years and finished as the runner-up to North Carolina in the ACC Coastal Division. Freshmen Jordan Whitehead and Qadree Ollison swept the ACC Rookie of the Year awards and the Panthers placed nine players on the All-ACC Coaches teams.
"I'm greatly appreciative and humbled by the support and faith that Scott Barnes and Chancellor Patrick Gallagher have shown me," Narduzzi said. "The University of Pittsburgh is an incredible place with incredible people. My family and I plan to make Pittsburgh our home for a very long time and we're glad the leadership at Pitt feels the same way. It is an honor to serve as Pitt's head football coach and I'm continuously energized by what we can, and will, accomplish here."
Pitt plays No. 21 Navy in the Military Bowl Dec. 28 in Annapolis, Md.