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Pitt to Hire Tampa Bay Assistant Michael Stacchiotti as Strength and Conditioning Coach

Pitt to Hire Tampa Bay Assistant Michael Stacchiotti as Strength and Conditioning Coach

Pitt has hired Michael Stacchiotti as its next strength and conditioning coach, Pittsburgh Sports Now has learned.

A Girard, Ohio native, Stacchiotti will come to Pitt after spending the 2019 season as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Girard is just minutes from Youngstown, the hometown of Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi.

Before his stint with the Bucs, Stacchiotti  was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Mississippi State in 2018 under Anthony Piroli, who Stacchiotti followed to Tampa Bay. Piroli is an Aliquippa alum and was a graduate assistant at Pitt under Buddy Morris. Former Mississippi State head coach is a Pittsburgh native, as well.

Stacchiotti also worked at Cincinnati and Colorado State after his college football career at Division III Baldwin Wallace (Berea, Ohio) ended.

At Pitt, Stacchiotti will replace Dave Andrews, who left after five seasons to take a similar position at Iowa State. PSN has learned that Stacchiotti has already started preparations for offseason training with the Pitt players, though his hiring has not yet officially been announced.

Pitt will also need to replace the rest of the strength and conditioning staff, which also departed with Andrews. The Panthers had three full-time assistants on the staff in 2019.

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Section 122

Hopefully he knows how to whip our jello o-line into shape.

pittscript
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pittscript

So when are you guys going to report on the behind scenes situation here? Why did this entire strength staff leave? Something went down and was going down for awhile and we have learned nothing about it yet.

Pittband
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Pittband

Can’t report on what Narduzzi won’t divulge. It’s history just like Jimmy Johnson leaving Johnny Major’s first Pitt staff after one year. I like that the coach is local if Girard, Ohio is local.

Mike Vukovcan
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If we get any information that is able to be confirmed, we will report on it. Not going to speculate on things.

pittscript
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pittscript

I understand but this is actually a big story to diehard pitt fans… the Entire strength department! And these are the guys that spend all year with the players? Personally they looked the part and had the reputation… but on the field I did not see a physically dominate team. Also just for perspective Duzz comes from Michigan State where the strength coach is legendary and that is seen as a core to the entire philosophy of Michigan state football. So I suspect the program was not where Duzz wanted it from his Mich. State perspective. Just actually an interesting… Read more »

Rob
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Rob

We still don’t know why Ox left and that was a year ago. I doubt we’ll ever know about this one either

Dave
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Dave

I’m more interested in some professional/personal background on the new hire. Hopefully that’s coming?

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