Pitt has lost a important member of their football program.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has confirmed that Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Dave Andrews has left Pitt for a similar position with Iowa State.
Andrews was an original member of Pat Narduzzi‘s staff back in 2015 and has earned heavy recognition from Panthers players for the job he’s done with them.
Since taking over at Pitt, it’s has been routine for former Pitt players including Aaron Donald to return in the offseason to work with Andrews in the Pitt weight room.
Prior to getting hired at Pitt, Andrews was the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame. Before that, he worked in various capacities with the University of Cincinnati and University of Illinois football programs. He is an Ohio native and an Ohio State alum.
There has been no official announcement or statement from Narduzzi and Pitt.
UPDATE (3:09 PM)-
**Iowa State makes the Andrews hire official.
Dave Andrews, one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the nation, will join the Cyclone staff as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning.
— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) January 10, 2020
Reaction on Twitter from Pitt players is already coming in.
The best and realest in the business🤙🏽 https://t.co/gwEBGzO22R
— Michael Vardzel (@michael_vardzel) January 10, 2020
His whole staff left a lasting impression on me within the short time that I’ve been here at Pitt … great at what they do and great people! https://t.co/rQc8FDiJyl
— JOHNNY JP PETRISHEN (@jP5_ERA) January 10, 2020
Best in the country💯 good luck boss! https://t.co/8vK9bhdsMo
— Noah Palmer (@noahpalmer_45) January 10, 2020
This one hurts💔Gonna miss you boss man🤞🏽No one realer or better https://t.co/ppDlLEd5c8
— Big Z🥀 (@blake_zubovic66) January 10, 2020
Damn coach Andrew’s leaving changes everything 🤦🏽♂️
— Tyler Boyd (@boutdat_23) January 10, 2020
He means business 🤝 Goodluck Boss!! https://t.co/Y6ohQAWugn
— Paris Ford (@DiddyBop12_) January 10, 2020
Naw nooooo way 😩😩😩😩😩😢😢😢 https://t.co/9ymkVOPBHR
— Khaynin Mosley-Smith (@KKpitt95) January 10, 2020
The talk I had with em after I tore my acl made a different type monster. Realest one out there https://t.co/jwnGcqfoW3
— Rashad Weaver (@R_Weaver17) January 10, 2020
Hurt ain’t the word… Thank u for everything 🖤✊🏾 pic.twitter.com/YGnJSiS7au
— Todd Sibley (@ToddSib23) January 10, 2020
Hands down the best strength coach in the entire country. Coach Andrews flipped a switch in so many guys including myself to take their game to the next level. #CutTheCheck #LockTheGates #ClubAndrews #GetSome https://t.co/w1r4jJm3Vu
— Matt Galambos (@Galambos47) January 10, 2020
— K…. (@Camp_thatdude) January 10, 2020
As real as they come. Gone miss you coach.💯 https://t.co/110IEpn0KP
— Shocky Jacques-louis🇭🇹 (@ShockyMVP) January 10, 2020
Damn this one hurt… 😪
— R15KY 🦈 (@Jason_Pinnock) January 10, 2020
The best strength coach ever 💔 https://t.co/sx8JiiRt03
— Chase Brown (@chasebrown55) January 10, 2020
Yeah this one hurt I can’t even lie .. Coach Andrews was way more than just a strength Coach. The realist out there ! I Swear! https://t.co/N3KoZawYqj
— Qadree Ollison (@QOllison) January 10, 2020
Ima miss you coach ✊🏽💔 https://t.co/1nPdaXaFWI
— ⚡️Kyi Wright‼️ (@Kyi_Dorian3) January 10, 2020
Will be missed ✊🏾 https://t.co/qwXywF11Xb
— Patrick Jones II (@P_jones9) January 10, 2020
The realest dude I have ever met honestly. https://t.co/4Zn8wrddJg
— B. Ford (@BFord56) January 10, 2020
— Marquis Williams (@wiliamsisland14) January 10, 2020
— Thee Bryce Hargrove (@BryceDeenie) January 10, 2020
Gon miss them boys fasho✊ https://t.co/85NwHmNZKB
— Cam Bright (@_cam38) January 10, 2020