Voltolini, Pantoni Officially Join ‘The Godfather’ in Columbus
By Brandon Castel
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Urban Meyer may not be able to get guys like Dan Mullen and Charlie Strong—now head coaches—to join his staff in Columbus, but that is not stopping ‘The Godfather’ from getting his band back together.
Much of Meyer’s coaching staff at Ohio State will be different from his stops at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida, but two of his closest advisors are going to be by Meyer’s side in his fourth stop as a head football coach.
He announced Monday that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni will join the Buckeyes staff as the team’s director of football operations and team’s director of player personnel, respectively.
“I am really pleased that Brian Voltolini and Mark Pantoni wanted to be a part of the football program at The Ohio State University,” Meyer said in his statement on Monday.
“I have spent considerable time working with each and I certainly appreciate the passion and the effort that both bring to their positions every day.”
They join not only Meyer in Columbus, but also Mickey Marotti, Ohio State’s new Director of Strength and Conditioning. All three were with Meyer at the University of Florida, where he won two BCS national championships in six seasons. Voltolini was also with Meyer at Bowling Green and Utah, where he served as Video Coordinator and eventually Director of Video.
He filmed and edited all practices and games as well as performed all cutups for offensive and defensive coaches while also handling administrative operations duties in the areas of recruiting budgets, billing and youth camps.
Voltolini will serve a similar role as Ohio State’s director of football operations. He will also be responsible for the football program’s budget, scholarships, team travel, housing, camps and clinics.
“Brian not only has a sharp awareness of what needs to be done for an efficient, fluid operation of a football program,” Meyer said, “but he also has that keen sense of knowing what the program needs from an operations perspective. And I appreciate that greatly.”
If Voltolini, who also put together Meyer’s Web site, is his ‘left-hand man,’ then there is no question Pantoni is the guy on his right side.
Before taking the job as director of player personnel at Ohio State, Pantonio worked at Florida for the past five years, where he had direct responsibilities as a recruiting program coordinator for the past two seasons, including serving as the director of football administration from March of this year through the end of the regular season.
“Mark has proven abilities at organizing recruiting efforts and in building relationships with prospects and their families,” Meyer said.
“I have seen how well he understood recruiting in the state of Florida and nationally, and I am certain his efforts are going to be well-received in the state of Ohio. He is one of the hardest working people I have been around.”
Pantoni earned Meyer’s trust by making it a point to know more about every top high school football player in the country than anyone else.
“My brain is like a data base, so when coaches ask me about a player, I can give them any information they need,” Pantoni told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.
Pantoni will be intimately involved in every aspect of Ohio State’s recruiting under Meyer, and will likely assemble a summer camp showcase in Columbus similar to his Friday Night Lights down at Florida.
One of the best-known on-campus summer camps, this one-night event was held under the lights in Ben Hill Griffin Stadium with music and highlight videos on the scoreboard.
A Florida native, Pantoni grew up in Sarasota and attended the University of Florida. He has both bachelor’s (Summa Cum Laude; 2004) and master’s (2006) degrees from Florida in applied physiology and kinesiology.
Voltolini grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, and has a degree in psychology with a minor in sociology from the University of Idaho (1999). He and his wife, the former Lindsey Wilde, have three children: a son, Deacon, and daughters Scarlett and Lucia.
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