Pittsburgh hires Duquesne's Suzie McConnell-Serio to resurrect women's basketball program

Pittsburgh didn't look far to find its new women's basketball coach. The Panthers lured Duquesne's Suzie McConnell-Serio across town on Friday hoping she can resurrect a floundering program.

The 46-year-old McConnell-Serio went 123-68 in six seasons with the Dukes and led Duquesne to five straight WNIT appearances. The Dukes went 24-8 in 2012-13, including an 11-3 mark in the Atlantic 10.

McConnell-Serio replaces Agnus Berenato, fired earlier this month after the Panthers posted a second straight winless season in the Big East. McConnell-Serio starred at Penn State in the 1980s and is a two-time Olympian. She helped the U.S. to gold at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and won a bronze in Barcelona four years later.

A Pittsburgh native, McConnell-Serio was the WNBA Coach of the Year in 2004 while coaching the Minnesota Lynx.