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Derek Pittman
Position: Associate Head Coach
Alma Mater: University of Tulsa, 1998
Experience: 2 Years
Email: pittman@athletics.gonzaga.edu
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Derek Pittman begins his fourth season as the associate head coach of the Gonzaga University women's soccer team in 2013 and is responsible for the day-to-day training of the defenders and collaborating with assistant coach Billy Barmes to oversee the goalkeeper training.

In Pittman’s third season on staff, the Bulldogs opened the year winning five of their first six matches, including a 4-match win streak that is the second longest since the 2005 season. The year, which ended with an 8-11-1 overall mark, also saw Gonzaga tie perennial powerhouse University of Portland 1-1 in double-overtime. The tie was the first non-loss to the Pilots, who won the NCAA College Cup in 2002 and 2005, in 21 matches.

The 2011 season saw the Zags finish with a 7-10-2 record, with six of Gonzaga's seven victories coming as shutouts. 

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 West Coast Conference preseason but under the coaching staff's leadership, they proved the coaches wrong. Gonzaga finished fourth in the standings, earning three league victories; matching the record in the program's 20-year history.

Pittman spent the previous three seasons before moving to Gonzaga as the head women's soccer coach at Arkansas State University, 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 was a four-year starter in goal at the University of Tulsa, earning All-Missouri Valley Conference second team honors as a junior and later led the Hurricanes 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 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 nationally and fifth in the Midwest Region.

It was at Tulsa that Pittman and Zag head coach Amy Edwards paths first crossed. Edwards was the head coach of the women's soccer program at Tulsa during the time Pittman was a student-athlete. Pittman and Edwards would then both be on the Missouri coaching staff together for three seasons.

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.

Pittman is married to the former Amber Swinehart, who was a four-year letter winner at Missouri. They have two daughters; Emma (2009) and Jozy (2012).