General Department News

  • CMU Athletics COVID-19 FAQs and Spectator Policy – Updated January 6
    January 06, 2022
    The following FAQ document is intended to serve as a resource for the Carnegie Mellon Athletics community. It will be updated as more information becomes available.
  • Department Honors Top Academic Athletes at Annual Celebration
    December 13, 2021
    Every December, the Carnegie Mellon University Department of Athletics celebrates the top academic athletes at the Student-Athlete Academic Achievement Celebration during finals week. In the eighth year of the event, 40 Tartans were honored as the celebration returned to an in-person event where students invited influential faculty and staff members to share in their success.
  • Lackner Built a Winning Football Family at Carnegie Mellon
    November 11, 2021
    Rich Lackner is the most successful head coach in Carnegie Mellon football history, but his legacy goes far beyond wins and championships. His story focuses more on the character of the student-athletes he recruited, the players he helped to develop, the men they’ve become and the football family he created.
  • Carnegie Mellon University Signs New Athletic Program Partnership with BSN Sports, Nike
    September 13, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University, a leading DIII institution located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, today announced that it has established a new athletic partnership with Nike and BSN SPORTS, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to the school and league markets and a division of Varsity Brands. Through this partnership, BSN SPORTS will serve as the official apparel and equipment provider to the Tartan Athletics Program while outfitting Carnegie Mellon athletes and coaches in premier Nike product selection.
  • 2021 CMU Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Celebration Postponed
    September 08, 2021
    As a result of the current COVID-19 situation, the vast majority of Carnegie Mellon University Homecoming programs are moving to a virtual format this fall. Given this approach and the prioritization of everyone’s health and safety, it has been decided to postpone the 2021 Hall of Fame Celebration and Induction Ceremony.
  • Carnegie Mellon Names Rebecca Nugent Faculty Athletics Representative
    August 24, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University Director of Athletics Josh Centor recently announced Rebecca Nugent as the department’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2021-22 academic year. Nugent, recently named head of the Department of Statistics & Data Science, replaces Susan Polansky who served as FAR for the past five years.
  • Jeremy Olisar Named Director of the Kiltie Band
    August 11, 2021
    Jeremy Olisar has been named the Director of the Carnegie Mellon University Kiltie Band. Olisar succeeds Paul Gerlach who announced his retirement last spring after leading the Kilties for 38 years.
  • CMU’s Aldrich to Coach in Tokyo Olympic Games
    July 15, 2021
    Gary Aldrich says he’s not a patient person, but he knows good things come to those who wait. When the CMU track coach steps off the plane in Tokyo later this month, his Olympic dream, deferred more than a year ago thanks to COVID-19, will finally come true.
  • Tartans Excel Academically and Athletically Despite COVID-19 Challenges
    June 21, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes continued a hybrid school year in the spring, and once able to return to competition in March for abbreviated seasons, shined in their fields of play while continuing to excel in their fields of study. For the second straight semester, more than 71 percent of the student-athletes earned a 3.50 grade point average or better, with 172 achieving a 4.0 GPA.
  • Four Athletes Among Initiates to Phi Beta Kappa
    June 15, 2021
    Four Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were selected for spring initiation into the Upsilon of Pennsylvania chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. The induction ceremony took place on May 21.
  • Carnegie Mellon Unveils Second Athletics Hall of Fame Class
    June 09, 2021
    Twelve of the finest individuals in Tartan athletics history make up the 2021 Carnegie Mellon University Athletics Hall of Fame class.
  • UAA Announces Intent to Return to Competition in Fall 2021
    May 11, 2021
    It is with great pleasure that the members of the University Athletic Association announce their intent to return to pre-COVID-19 levels of competition across all sports within the UAA beginning with the start of the 2021 fall season.
  • Athletics Celebrates 2021 Seniors and Announces Tartan Awards
    May 06, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University celebrated an unfamiliar 2020-21 season on Tuesday, as the athletics department hosted a gathering for senior student-athletes at Gesling Stadium. During the event, the department honored the athletic and academic achievements that emerged throughout the careers of the seniors.
  • UAA Conversations About Race and Racism: Rosie Cheng
    April 06, 2021
    Rosie Cheng is in her ninth year on the Carnegie Mellon University athletic training staff. The coordinator of student-athlete wellness and an athletic trainer, Cheng oversees the women’s volleyball, women’s cross country, women’s basketball, and the women’s and men’s tennis teams. She is the coordinator of the SMART (Sports Medicine Assessment of Risk Tendencies) program and is an adjunct professor at Chatham University. Cheng spent three years at NCAA Division I University of San Francisco and has also served as head athletic trainer at Leland High School in San Jose, California and Keystone College in Pennsylvania. She interned as an athletic trainer at both Santa Clara University and Stanford University.
  • Carnegie Mellon Changes Visitor Guidance for Outdoor Events
    March 18, 2021
    Recreation is an essential component of campus life. It contributes to the student experience and to the health and well-being of our students – physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • Paul Gerlach Announces Retirement as Director of the Kiltie Band
    March 11, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University band director Paul Gerlach has announced his retirement as director of the Kiltie Band after 38 years as the leader of the high spirited and entertaining musical ensemble. The band, which plays at home football and basketball games, also hosts three concerts during the academic calendar, including a performance at Carnegie Mellon’s Spring Carnival.
  • Carnegie Mellon Athletics Returns to Play
    March 05, 2021
    The Tartans are back! Three-hundred and fifty-nine days after the Tartans last competed in a softball game against Skidmore, the nationally-ranked women’s tennis team will return Carnegie Mellon to competition on Saturday, March 7 against West Liberty. Men’s tennis, women’s soccer and volleyball will begin competition within the next week, and all Carnegie Mellon teams are planning to resume action this spring.
  • 128 Carnegie Mellon Student-Athletes Earn Winter Academic Honors
    March 03, 2021
    A total of 128 Carnegie Mellon University student-athletes were named to the University Athletic Association’s (UAA) All-Academic Recognition list for the winter sports teams, as announced Wednesday, March 3.
  • UAA Conversations About Race and Racism: Fred Dauphin
    February 11, 2021
    Fred Dauphin graduated with a degree in astrophysics from Carnegie Mellon University in 2020. The outdoor track and field program’s record-holder in the triple jump, he earned UAA All-Association honors three times, including a runner-up finish in the triple jump in the 2020 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships, the last meet he competed in before COVID-19 ended the remainder of his senior season.
  • Carnegie Mellon Student-Athletic Advisory Council (SAAC) Raises More Than $3,000 for YWCA Greater Pittsburgh
    February 09, 2021
    The Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has recently announced the new execThe Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athletic Advisory Council(SAAC) raised more than $3000 to support the YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. In a week-long virtual initiative centered around National Girls and Women in Sports Day, student-athletes celebrated by giving back to the Pittsburgh community as well as holding discussions on diversity and inclusion and female participation in sport. The fundraiser was made possible by Student-Athlete coordinators with donations from members of the Carnegie Mellon community. utive board members that will serve in 2021.
  • Centor Leads Athletics Through the Pandemic
    February 04, 2021
    Josh Centor hasn’t taken Carnegie Mellon’s intercollegiate sports schedules off his digital calendar. He longs for the day the Tartans return to play.
  • Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) Announces 2021 Executive Board
    January 28, 2021
    The Carnegie Mellon University Student-Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC) has recently announced the new executive board members that will serve in 2021.
  • Men's Basketball Alum Matt Loebbaka Uses Personal Story To ‘Be The Match’
    January 26, 2021
    Bill Loebbaka was a fixture in Skibo Gymnasium when his son Matt was playing basketball for the Tartans from 2011-15. Despite the distance from Chicago, Bill and his wife Sue regularly made the trek to Pittsburgh for University Athletic Association (UAA) weekends and were beloved by fellow parents, players, coaches and staff. Bill was a positive force, always believing his Tartans would pull out a big victory in the waning seconds.
  • Four Athletes Honored as Andrew Carnegie Society Scholars
    January 21, 2021
    Every year beginning in 1975, Carnegie Mellon University has honored a select number of undergraduate seniors as Andrew Carnegie Society (ACS) Scholars. This year, four athletes are included on the list of 40 honorees who represent the top two percent of their graduating class – Stefanie McMillan (Vancouver, Wash./Skyview) of women’s swimming and diving, Parvathi Meyyappan (Cupertino, Calif./Monta Vista) of women’s cross country and track and field, Nicole Shi (Hong Kong, China/Phillips Exeter Academy) of women’s cross country and track and field, and Chloe Yan (Singapore/Hwa Chong Junior College) of women’s basketball.
  • UAA Conversations About Race and Racism: Lavonca Davis
    January 20, 2021
    Lavonca Davis graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in chemical engineering while minoring in computer science in 2020. In her senior year, she served as president of the school’s National Society of Black Engineers while helping lead the Tartans’ women’s golf team to the number one ranking in NCAA Division III before the remainder of the season was canceled. Davis works as a Chemical and Process Engineer at BP’s Whiting Refinery, where she interned the summer between her junior and senior years.
  • Tartans Form Black and Latinx Athlete Coalition
    January 18, 2021
    Carnegie Mellon University students are problem solvers driven to explore the questions that lead to change. This trait, along with the passion and knowledge to enact change, has led a group of Tartan student-athletes to be pioneers and form the Black and Latinx Athlete Coalition (BLAC) to build a cohesive, centralized affinity group and network of support, camaraderie and mentorship among Black and Latinx student-athletes and alumni.
  • UAA Conversations About Race and Racism: Debarati Bhanja
    January 13, 2021
    Debarati Bhanja graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a degree in neurobiology while competing in track and field. She is currently a medical student at the Penn State College of Medicine. Bhanja won the long jump at the 2016 UAA Indoor Track and Field Championships and swept the 400-meter dash at the UAA indoor and outdoor championships during her senior season.
  • Athletics Facilities/Recreation 2021 Spring Semester Plans and Procedures
    January 12, 2021
    Recreation is an essential component of campus life. It contributes to the student experience and to the health and well-being of our students – physically, mentally and emotionally.
  • UAA Cancels Formal Spring Competition; Carnegie Mellon to Focus on Non-Conference Opportunities
    January 12, 2021
    The University Athletic Association Presidents Council has unanimously approved a resolution to cancel all formal UAA spring sport competition for the 2020-21 season. Carnegie Mellon University is one of eight institutions that form the UAA along with Brandeis University, Case Western Reserve University, Emory University, New York University, University of Rochester, University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Tartans Continue Excellence in Classroom Despite Unusual Fall Atmosphere
    January 11, 2021
    It was an unusual fall semester for athletics programs across the country, but the academic performance of Carnegie Mellon’s student-athletes was stronger than ever. While experiencing a hybrid semester with some attending classes and practices on campus and some remaining fully remote in their home cities, the Tartans excelled across all of the university’s undergraduate colleges. More than 71 percent of student-athletes earned a 3.50 GPA or better, while 189 student-athletes achieved 4.0 GPAs.
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