Joe Luxbacher | Head Coach | Men’s Soccer | University of Pittsburgh (PITT)

Describe the qualities that your program is looking for in a potential student-athlete?

We look for talented, self motivated, accountable student athletes. We expect our players to work hard in both the classroom and on the field. We play in a very strong league, so we definitely try to recruit soccer players who have the physical tools to compete successfully at this level. That said, they must also possess the mental strength and motivation to maximize their talents.


Could you give us an example of a current or former player who exceeded your expectations, highlighting the reasons that player excelled?

Our present captain is a fine example of a player who has the correct mix of talent, commitment, and leadership skills to captain a team on one of the strongest Division I soccer conferences in the NCAA. He is not our most physically talented player, but he maximizes his abilities and in all aspects is an excellent leader, player, and person.