Nobody wants to fail. Everybody wants to succeed. However, failure is required for success. Here’s why. Derek Pittman came to the University of Idaho in 2014 with 13 years of coaching experience under his belt. During that decade-plus Pittman worked for a handful of different schools in the SEC, Big XII & WCC, including taking the head coaching job for three years at Arkansas State from 2007-09.
Pittman didn’t need much time to make an impact on the program at Idaho, leading the squad to its first ever conference title in just his second season. Idaho finished the Big Sky season unbeaten at 9-0-1 in 2015, with Pittman earning Coach of the Year honors.
Idaho would remain on top in 2016, winning its second consecutive regular season championship. In three years in charge, the Vandals has won 19 All-Big Sky athletic awards and have also excelled in the classroom, earning 35 Big Sky All-Academic awards as well.Pittman resides in Moscow with his wife, Amber, and his two daughters, Emma and Jozy.