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Derek Pittman
Position: Head Coach
Hometown: Owasso, Okla.
Alma Mater: Tulsa
Graduating Year: 1998
Experience: 1st Year
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Derek Pittman returns for his second season as head coach.  Pittman led the Vandals to a 4-4-2 record in conference play in his first season, including a 2-1 win over eventual Big Sky Tournament Champion Northern Arizona.  The fourth coach in school history, Pittman was the first to win multiple conference games in his first season with the program.

Four Vandals earned All-Big Sky honors in 2014, tying the program record for all-conference accolades.

Prior to joining Idaho, Pittman had 13 years of collegiate coaching experience. He came to the Vandals after spending four years as the associate head coach at Gonzaga Universty. While at Gonzaga he was responsible for the day-to-day training of the defenders and oversaw the goalkeeper training. Under his guidance the 2013 Gonzaga goalkeeping corps recorded its best goals-against average in the last seven years. 

Pittman, a native of Tulsa, Okla., was a four-year starting goalkeeper at the University of Tulsa. While with the Hurricanes he earned All-Missouri Valley Conference Second Team honors as a junior and he later led Tulsa to a national ranking as a senior. Pittman graduated from Tulsa with a degree in business administration in 1998 and served as a graduate assistant coach for the men’s soccer program at Tulsa from 2001-03. Under his direction, Tulsa’s goalkeepers had career bests in saves, shutouts and goals against average in a season. During the 2002 season, the Hurricanes were ranked 12th national and fifth in the Midwest Region.

Pittman played professionally for the Amateur Football Club in England while studying at Lancaster University. After training with the Division I Sheffield United and Burnley Football Club, he returned to the United States and played with the Columbus Comets and the Savannah RugRatz in the Eastern Indoor Soccer League.

Pittman, who is licensed by the United States Soccer Federation with a USSF “A” coaching license, has also coached on the club level including stints with the Pride Soccer Club of Missouri, the Tulsa Soccer Club of Oklahoma and the Little Rock Futbol Club of Arkansas. 

In Pittman’s first year at Gonzaga, the Bulldogs put together an impressive run that saw themselves as contenders for a spot in the NCAA Women’s Soccer Championship. Before the 2010 season began, the Bulldogs were picked to finish seventh in the WCC preseason. Gonzaga finished fourth in the standings, earning three league victories.

Before joining Gonzaga, Pittman spent three seasons as the head coach of the Arkansas State women’s soccer program, leading the Redwolves to a Sun Belt Conference Tournament semifinals appearance in 2009 for the first time in school history. He also led ASU to a program best eight wins along with program season-highs in points, goals, assists, shutouts, saves and goals against average.

Prior to his stint at ASU, Pittman served as an assistant coach at the University of Missouri (2004-06) and at the University of Georgia (2003-04). Pittman helped both programs achieve season-bests in shutouts and goals against averages during his time with the Tigers and Bulldogs. In 2003, the Georgia Bulldogs finished 13-10-0 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Pittman and his wife, Amber, have two daughters, Emma, and Jozy.
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