Pat Narduzzi will be replacing its entire strength and conditioning staff this offseason, not just head football strength and conditioning coach Dave Andrews.
Andrews left Pitt to take the same position at Iowa State, both schools announced on Jan. 10.
Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned that all three of Andrews’ assistants — Freddie Walker, Austin Addignton-Strapp and Trever Ryen — have also left the program.
Walker, Pitt’s associate strength and conditioning coach, just finished his fifth season at Pitt and had been part of Narduzzi’s original staff. Walker also worked with Narduzzi at Michigan State from 2010-11 and came to Pitt after three years at Illinois. Walker is a 2009 Bowling Green alum.
Update, 5:16 p.m. PSN has learned that Walker will join Andrews on his staff at Iowa State.
Addington-Strapp was also part of Pitt’s staff since 2015. He was at Illinois from 2012-14 with Walker before coming to Pitt. Before that, he was a graduate assistant at Bowling Green from 2010-11.
Ryen joined Pitt in advance of the 2019 and represented an expansion of the strength and conditioning staff from three to four full-time members. Ryen interned at Bowling Green and was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Birmingham Iron of the AAF in 2019.
It’s not clear why Andrews or his assistants left Pitt.
Narduzzi spent time at the AFCA convention this week in Nashville, Tennessee after he was originally supposed to attend EPSN’s coaches film room broadcast of the national championship game on Monday.
There, he likely identified and possibly interviewed candidates for these important openings.