Pat Narduzzi made the hiring of Michael Stacchiotti as Pitt’s new Strength and Conditioning Coach official on Friday.
PSN’s Alan Saunders first reported Thursday that Stacchiotti had been hired and the university confirmed that report this afternoon.
The Youngstown, Ohio native joins Pitt’s football program after serving as assistant strength and conditioning coach for Tampa Bay last season.
“We initially interviewed Michael via FaceTime, and within the first two minutes of our conversation his passion and intensity just knocked us out,” Narduzzi said. “His knowledge of the science behind strength and conditioning is incredibly impressive.
“Michael came highly recommended from some of the top strength coaches in the country. He is cut from the same mold as Buddy Morris and Anthony Piroli, two of the very best in the business. We also got tremendous feedback from a number of Tampa Bay players, including Jordan Whitehead as well as William Gholston and Beau Allen. Everyone said the same thing: Michael is a highly disciplined professional who is going to impact our offseason immediately.”
Along with Tampa Bay, Stacchiotti also has stints with Mississippi State, Cincinnati and Colorado State on his football resume. He’s also worked as a strength coach at Girard High School and Ursuline High School, Narduzzi’s alma mater.
“It’s an honor and privilege to join Coach Narduzzi’s staff at the University of Pittsburgh,” said Stacchiotti. “I consider this home. I take great pride in being from the Rust Belt and we will have a blue-collar mentality in everything we do. The goal at Pitt is to win championships and we will have a relentless work ethic in the Pitt Iron Works as we pursue that goal.”
No additional hirings to Stacchiotti’s strength staff have been announced at this time.