|Pittsburgh Piranhas logo|
Continental Basketball Association |
Pittsburgh Piranhas 1994-1995 |
La Crosse Catbirds 1985-1994
|Arena||A.J. Palumbo Center|
|Team colors||Orange, Purple|
|Head coach||Don Zierden|
The Pittsburgh Piranhas, were a semi-pro basketball team, that began play in 1994 as part of the Continental Basketball Association. The team played all of its home games at the A.J. Palumbo Center located on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. From 1983-1985 the Piranhas were known as the Louisville Catbirds and then as the La Crosse Catbirds from 1985 until relocating to Pittsburgh in 1994. During their first year in Pittsburgh, the Piranhas made it to the CBA Championship. The team was defeated though in a best of seven series against the Yakima Sun Kings.
The team only lasted one season, before folding. According to Bob Murphy, the owner of the Piranhas, the main reason for collapse of the franchise was the team's attendance. The average attendance for the team was 1,600. For the team to be profitable, it needed an average of 3,000.