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Entire Strength and Conditioning Staff Leaves Pitt

Entire Strength and Conditioning Staff Leaves Pitt

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.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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Section 122
Section 122
9 months ago

Oh well, it’s not like Pitt was the most physically dominating team out there.

Vicsbean
Vicsbean
9 months ago
Reply to  Section 122

You will have that with a younger roster.

Bill R
Bill R
9 months ago

Wonder if this is at all related to the BC game where Pitt was clearly “out physicalled” by a team that wasn’t all that good.

Vicsbean
Vicsbean
9 months ago
Reply to  Bill R

Andrews left Pitt to take the same position at Iowa State,
Update, 5:16 p.m. PSN has learned that Walker will join Andrews on his staff at Iowa State.

UMMMM, NO

Pittband
Pittband
9 months ago

PN is starting to act like a HC. Friendship only gets you in the door, results keep you. Aaron Donald may like Dave Andrews but he has a special determination which may transcend shortcomings by the coach. Or Andrews got more money than PN was willing to pay. Either way, we move on.

Terrence Otoole
Terrence Otoole
9 months ago
Reply to  Pittband

Pn doesn’t pay him the university does ,none of us know the situation

Smljf
Smljf
9 months ago

So was the strength staff asked to move on or did they just find greener pastures.

Vicsbean
Vicsbean
9 months ago
Reply to  Smljf

Here, let me do the reading for you.
Andrews left Pitt to take the same position at Iowa State,

Update, 5:16 p.m. PSN has learned that Walker will join Andrews on his staff at Iowa State.

JRM1282
JRM1282
9 months ago

What is the real story why all the strength coaches left?

Vicsbean
Vicsbean
9 months ago
Reply to  JRM1282

Here, let me do the reading for you.
Andrews left Pitt to take the same position at Iowa State,

Update, 5:16 p.m. PSN has learned that Walker will join Andrews on his staff at Iowa State.

Jeff
Jeff
9 months ago

What a slap in the face to the Pitt program. Good riddance as far as I’m concerned. Who needs them? They leave Pitt for Iowa State as if being strength coaches at Iowa State is so prestigious lol. People in this world really need to learn what loyalty is once again. These rent a coach types aren’t worth a pot of cold piss in my opinion.

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