Mickey Marotti, Ohio State’s assistant athletic director for football sports performance, has been named the Football Bowl Subdivision’s strength and conditioning coach of the year by weight training supplier Samson Equipment. He and five others from various levels of football strength training will be featured in this month’s edition of American Football Monthly.
Marotti is in his fourth season at Ohio State and his 29th season as a coach. Often described as head coach Urban Meyer's right-hand man, he is the person Meyer trusts in the critical area of strength and conditioning training and overseeing sports performance, and he is an individual Meyer has worked with or hired four times.
“There are times in the year when the strength staff has more contact with the team than the coaching staff,” Meyer has 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 has also been a part of national championship teams with the University of Florida in 2006 and 2008.
A native of Ambridge, Pa., Marotti is a 1987 graduate of West Liberty with a degree in exercise physiology. He has master’s degrees from both Ohio State (1988) and West Virginia (1990).
2014 Strength & Conditioning Coaches of the Year:
§ NFL – Garrett Giemont, Pittsburgh Steelers
§ FBS – Mickey Marotti, Ohio State University
§ FCS – Jim Lathrop, Illinois State University
§ Division II – Bill Perkins, Bloomsburg University
§ High School – David Reese, Monte Vista Christian School (Calif.)
§ High School – David Aoyagi, Marcos De Niza High School (Ariz.)
§ High School – Rich Lansky, Manatee High School (Fla.)