Agnus McGlade Berenato, a 1975 graduate of Gloucester Catholic High School who currently is the Head Coach of the PITT Panthers has led PITT to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament, as a No. 6 seed. Berenato, who played for the late Bert Nolan, played alongside her sisters in the 1970's. During her time at Gloucester Catholic Berenato was part of two state championship teams in 1973, and 1974.
(Coach Berenato hugs a member of the team... photo source Pitt U)
Berenato came to PITT five seasons ago after serving as the head coach at Georgia Tech, for thirteen seasons. She has been able to build up a PITT program that was a basement dweller in the Big East. PITT has enjoyed unprecedented success since Berenato arrived in 2003. PITT has had three consecutive 20 win seasons, and is headed to their second consecutive NCAA Tournament. Last year they made their debut in the Tournament as an 8th seed and defeated James Madison in the first round before falling to Tennessee.
PITT will travel to Albuquerque, N. M., as the No. 6 seed, in the Spokane Regional. PITT (22-10, 10-6 Big East) will play No. 11 seed Wyoming (24-6, 12-4 Mountain West) on Saturday, March 22, at The Pit/Bob King Court, at approximately 2 p.m. on ESPN2.
The winner of that game will face the winner of No. 3 seeded Baylor (24-6, 12-4 Big 12) and No. 14 seed Fresno State (22-10, 14-2 WAC) on Monday, March 24.
This season, Pitt advanced to the semifinals of the Big East Tournament for the first time since 1996, upsetting No. 9 Notre Dame (64-53), in the Quarterfinals. It was the first win over a top-10 opponent in program history.
Berenato's sister Mary resides in Gloucester City with her husband John, and son John P. Schmidt, who serves on the Gloucester City Board of Health.
"I think it is a testament to her dedication to coaching, and the love she shows to her players. I am glad to see her enjoying success at PITT, she has done a remarkable job, and being rewarded with a No. 6 seed is a wonderful opportunity for her and the program," said Berenato's nephew John P. Schmidt.