After Pat Narduzzi was hired as Pitt’s head football coach in 2014, one of his first decisions in his new position was to hire Dave Andrews as his head strength and conditioning coach. However, Andrews’ tenure in Pittsburgh has come to an end, as he has accepted a similar position at Iowa State. The Cyclones announced the move on Friday.
Dave Andrews, one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the nation, will join the Cyclone staff as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning.— Cyclone Football (@CycloneFB) January 10, 2020
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”Dave is one of the best strength and conditioning practitioners in the country,” Iowa State head coach Matt Campbell said in a statement. “His reputation in the profession is impeccable. He has outstanding leadership qualities and the proven ability to train athletes into peak performers.”
Before joining Pitt’s staff, Andrews was the assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame, a position he held for one year in 2014. Prior to that, he was Illinois’ associate head coach of strength and conditioning from 2012 to 2013. And he got his start as a graduate assistant at Cincinnati in 2004, the same year Narduzzi became the Bearcats defensive coordinator. Andrews then served as a strength and conditioning coach at Cincinnati from 2005 to 2011.
Andrews is an Ohio native and a graduate of Ohio State, where he played tight end for the Buckeyes during their national title run in 2002. During his time at Pitt, he was a popular figure among Panthers football players and program alums, including Los Angeles Rams star Aaron Donald, who spent portions of his offseasons working out with Andrews at Pitt’s facilities.
Narduzzi has yet to publicly comment on Andrews' departure and his plans for filling the open position.