Thursday, December 15, 2011

MEYER HIRES MICKEY MAROTTI AS DIRECTOR OF SPORTS PERFORMANCE

Mickey Marotti
COLUMBUS — Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer added another to his football staff on Thursday afternoon, naming Mickey Marotti as his assistant athletic director for football sports performance.

The former director of sports performance at the University of Florida (2005-11) will head up the football team's strength and condition program effective Jan. 2, 2012.

Meyer, who worked with Marotti at Florida — as well as Notre Dame and OSU (as grad assistants) — praised the Buckeyes' new strength staff leader.

"There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff," Meyer said, "and I have complete trust in Mickey Marotti's abilities to prepare our student-athletes to be the strongest, fastest and mentally toughest football players they can be."

Marotti was one of Meyer's first hires at Florida when he took over as head coach of the Gators in 2005.

According to the university, Marotti's strength and conditioning program have developed 22 All-Americans and eight first round NFL draft choices during his seven seasons at Florida. The Gators won two national championships, two Southeastern Conference championships and three 13-win campaigns with Marotti running the S&C department.

"I believe the strength staffs that Mickey has led have been the best staffs in college football," Meyer said. "He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players."