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Pat Narduzzi comments on Dave Andrews’ departure

Pitt lost its strength coach to Iowa State in a surprise move on Friday

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Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi lost one of the longest-tenured members of his staff on Friday, as Dave Andrews, who had served as Pitt’s head strength and conditioning coach since 2015, accepted a similar position at Iowa State. Several hours after the news broke, Narduzzi issued a statement on Andrews.

”When I accepted the Pitt job five years ago, Dave Andrews was one of my first hires,” Narduzzi wrote in a message posted on Twitter. “I will always be grateful for his passionate commitment to our players and his important role in helping build our program. We wish Dave and his family the very best as they begin this new chapter.”

”We have begun the search for our next great strength and conditioning coach, who will get to work with a tremendous group of players ready to make this our best offseason ever,” Narduzzi continued. “Already, we have received nationwide interest from some outstanding candidates. We are always looking to raise the level of our program, and this hire presents that opportunity. Hail to Pitt.”

Andrews had previous stints at Cincinnati, Illinois and Notre Dame before coming to Pitt, and he played at Ohio State as a tight end. With the move on Friday, Narduzzi lost a strength coach with 16 years of experience at the highest level of college football. No potential replacements have been named.