One of Pat Narduzzi’s first moves at Pitt was hiring Dave Andrews as head strength and conditioning coach.
That decision has continuously paid dividends as Pitt has displayed a renewed toughness and tenacity, resulting in 21 victories the past three seasons. The Panthers have achieved milestone wins over 2016 national champion Clemson, playoff contender Miami and historic rival Penn State. A vital element in those victories was the strength and conditioning preparation orchestrated by Andrews and his staff.
Described by Narduzzi as “a highly disciplined coach who instills toughness in our entire program,” Andrews arrived at Pitt with strong credentials in both physical development and as a former player. He was a tight end on Ohio State’s 2002 national championship team and has spent the past decade as a major-college strength coach.
He is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) and USA Weightlifting (USAW) as a level one sports performance coach.
In 2014, Andrews was an assistant director of strength and conditioning at Notre Dame, which defeated LSU, 31-28, in the Music City Bowl.
Prior to Notre Dame, he spent two seasons as the associate head strength and conditioning coach at Illinois (2012-13). From 2005-11, Andrews served in various strength and conditioning capacities at the University of Cincinnati, including his final four years when he was the Bearcats’ head Olympic strength and conditioning coach. Andrews was a graduate assistant football coach at Cincinnati in 2004.
Andrews is a 2004 graduate of Ohio State with a bachelor’s degree in education. In addition to his undergraduate studies in education, Andrews also owns a master’s degree in that subject from the University of Cincinnati.
Andrews and his wife, Hallie, have three children: daughter Ella and sons Emerson and Eli.