Having spent nearly 20 years as athletic director at the University of Pittsburgh and the University of Nebraska, Steve Pederson is uniquely qualified to bring real-world experience to college and university athletics programs. Included on his resume are guiding Pitt into the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) and restoring the Pitt program to national prominence.
Steve is an industry adviser who works with colleges and universities in their pursuit of excellence in athletics.
As a member of the firm’s university and professional athletics group, Steve provides assistance to collegiate athletics departments and other sports organizations, professional and amateur, throughout the United States and internationally. The group brings a unique focus and service to institutions of higher education in monitoring, maintaining and protecting their institutional integrity and essential educational mission; in the oversight of their athletic departments; and in the development of best practices in assuring the health, wellness and future of student-athletes.
At the University of Pittsburgh, in particular, he implemented a number of changes that led the program through a period of growth and accomplishment, including securing corporate sponsorships, raising ticket sales and attendance, and building new state-of-the-art training and event venues without incurring any debt. At Nebraska, Steve led efforts toward significant facilities construction, resulting in new football facilities and strength, sports medicine and indoor facilities for baseball, softball, soccer and sand volleyball, as well as a new office complex for women’s volleyball, gymnastics and the rifle team.
Examples of achievements while Steve led the athletic departments at Pitt and Nebraska are:
- The Pitt men’s basketball team earned its 12th NCAA Tournament invitation in 13 seasons in 2014.
- Pitt was one of just 13 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools to both win a bowl game and receive an invitation to play in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament during the 2013-14 academic year.
- Pitt Athletics surpassed its $150 million goal in the university’s Building Our Future Together campaign, which provided valuable resources for endowments, capital improvements and athletic scholarships, and raised a five-year record of more than $38 million in donations to the Panther Club annual fund, which subsidizes student-athlete scholarships.
- Over the course of one decade, Pitt either built new venues or significantly renovated existing facilities for 17 of its 19 programs.
- Nebraska won the national championship in women’s volleyball in 2006, while the football team won the 2006 Big 12 North title and advanced to its first New Year’s Day bowl game since 2001. Overall, 15 Nebraska teams earned NCAA tournament invitations.
- Academically, Nebraska earned a school record 94% graduation rate in 2007, the highest in the Big 12 that year.
Steve also was instrumental in providing leadership in three major collegiate conferences, the ACC, the Big East and the Big 12, having served as chair of the NCAA Football Issues Committee. He began his career as a football recruiting coordinator, recruiting No. 1 ranked classes for the University of Nebraska, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Steve is a published author and a frequent guest speaker. Outside of his practice, Steve enjoy spending time with his wife, his children, their spouses, and his grandchildren.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former board member, Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation
Former board member, Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Former board member, Lincoln (Nebraska) Symphony Orchestra