Marotti Officially Joins Meyer’s Staff in Columbus
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer has officially added another name to his staff at Ohio State, and it is one of his most trusted advisors.
There had already been multiple reports that Mickey Marotti was leaving Florida to join Meyer in Columbus. Gators’ head coach Will Muschamp confirmed those reports earlier this month, but Thursday Ohio State announced that Marotti had officially been hired as the school’s new strength coach.
He will hold the title of assistant athletic director for football sports performance at the Ohio State University, but there is no question Marotti holds a reputation as one of the top strength and conditioning directors in the country.
“I believe the strength staffs that Mickey has led have been the best staffs in college football,” Meyer said of the 47-year old.
“He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players.”
A native of Ambridge, Pa. and graduate of West Liberty State, Marotti was one of Meyer’s first hires when he took over as head coach of Florida in early 2005. The two first met when they were graduate assistants at Ohio State under Earle Bruce in 1987.
Marotti also worked as Grove City High School’s strength coach that year, earned a master’s of arts degree in strength and conditioning from Ohio State before moving on to West Virginia University to be a strength assistant.
He graduated from WVU with a master’s of science degree in sports medicine and then took a job as the head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Cincinnati. He spent seven seasons (1990-97) as head strength and conditioning coach for UC’s 20-sport program. He also worked in the areas of diet analysis and planning and assisted in student-athlete rehabilitation from injuries.
Marotti was reunited with Meyer in 1998 when he was named Notre Dame’s director of strength and conditioning. Meyer was serving as the wide receivers coach in South Bend, but would eventually take the head-coaching job at Bowling Green in 2001.
Even then, Meyer tried tirelessly to get Marotti to join him at BG. According to his biography, Meyer was calling Marotti multiple times a day for three months after taking the job.
He never did convince Marotti to give up his position with the Fighting Irish while he was at Bowling Green, but Meyer was quick to try again after becoming the head football coach in Gainesville.
“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’s talents have helped Florida develop 22 All-Americans and eight first-round NFL draft choices during his seven years in Gainesville. And there is no disputing the team accomplishments the Gators have enjoyed: two national championships, two Southeastern Conference championships and three 13-win seasons.
Together, Marotti and Meyer have placed an emphasis on conditioning and finishing in the fourth quarter. They subscribe to the Woody Hayes philosophy that no one should out-work them and often use unusual techniques, including haul rocks, flipping tires and midnight workouts.
Marotti was a four-year letter winner as a fullback for West Liberty (W.Va.) University, serving as a team tri-captain in 1986 and winning first team NAIA All-Academic honors in 1987.
He is one of only 100 strength trainers to hold a Master of Strength and Conditioning—the highest honor in his profession—certification and will oversee all performance-area aspects of Ohio State’s football program.
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