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Westminster soccer: Pittman named men’s soccer head coach

Josh Pittman poses for a picture. He was hired as the new head coach of the Westminster men's soccer program Thursday.
Josh Pittman poses for a picture. He was hired as the new head coach of the Westminster men's soccer program Thursday.
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Westminster College Director of Athletics Shay Wyatt announced Thursday that Josh Pittman has been hired as the new head coach of the Westminster men’s soccer program.

“We’re pleased to welcome Josh to Westminster College," Wyatt said. "Coach Pittman has experience in all aspects of managing a college soccer program. He possesses the experience and skills to successfully lead and mentor our men’s soccer student-athletes as we progress with our membership in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference and NCAA Division II. Our coaches, staff and I look forward to welcoming Josh and supporting his efforts."

Pittman brings 13 years of collegiate coaching experience, all of which were at the NCAA Division II level, and more than 20 years of soccer experience as a coach and player. He also has 11 years of experience in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference, including seven seasons at Colorado Mesa University (CMU) where he launched the program from the beginning.

“I’m excited for the opportunity to coach at Westminster,” Pittman said. “I’d like to thank President Morgan, Athletic Director Shay Wyatt and the search committee for their support. The vision is to create an elite level program to compete regionally and nationally. We want success not only on the field, but to maintain the continued success that our student-athletes have in the classroom”.

Pittman served last season as head coach at Dixie State University when he led the Red Storm to 10-2-4 record and a runner-up finish in the Pacific West Conference. He was named the Pacific West and NSCAA West Region Coach of the Year in helping DSU to a school record for wins.

Originally from the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan, Pittman also spent time with Major League Soccer's Colorado Rapids as a development academy coach as well as serving as the associate head coach at Adams State University.

While at Colorado Mesa, he led the Mavericks to a 2013 RMAC tournament championship and earned bids to the league tournament in 2010, 2012 and 2013. He coached 29 all-conference players, five all-region players and one Scholar All-American during his tenure. Pittman also had 30 all-academic selections under his tutelage.

Prior to CMU, Pittman was the assistant head coach at Metro State in Denver from 2000-02. He helped lead the Roadrunners to their first-ever NCAA post-season berth in 2000 and a No. 11 final NSCAA ranking. Pittman also worked at East Stroudsburg University as a graduate assistant men's coach, helping the team to a 1997 conference championship and another NCAA tournament appearance.

Pittman has also coached and worked in various roles with youth soccer, including time with the Colorado West Select, Grand Junction Soccer Club, Real Colorado and Denver Soccer Club.

He played professional soccer for the Detroit Neon and Detroit Wheels in the CISL and USISL for two seasons following a collegiate career at the University of Massachusetts. He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from there and a master's degree in education from East Stroudsburg.

Pittman will take over for Chris Dorich who retired after 32 years as the only head coach in the soccer program’s history.