is in his
second season as the assistant athletic director for football sports performance at Ohio State
He is the person Ohio State head coach Urban 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
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, called a "master" of motivation and mental preparation by Meyer when the two were paired at Florida, first worked with Meyer when the two were graduate assistants at Ohio State, in 1987.
Marotti earned a master's of arts degree in strength and conditioning from Ohio State before moving on to the University of West Virginia to be a strength assistant.
He spent two years at WVU and graduated with a master's of science degree in sports medicine.
From there he went on to the University of Cincinnati, where 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.
Midway through Meyer's five-year run as an assistant coach at Notre Dame, Marotti had the opportunity to work with him again when he was named Notre Dame's director of strength and conditioning in 1998.
spent seven seasons in South Bend, coordinating all aspects of the strength and conditioning program for the 26-sport department, including developing a year-round program for the football team, coordinating camps, clinics and special events, and developing policies and regulations.
was then one of Meyer
's first hires when he
took over as head coach of Florida in early 2005.
And from 2005-11 Marotti oversaw the complete strength and conditioning programs for all of Florida's intercollegiate sports.
He also served as the director of the football athletic performance team.
Unique in the fact he
is one of only 100 strength trainers to hold a Master of Strength and Conditioning - the highest honor in his
profession - certification, Marotti
is also atypical in the things he
players do that all lead to developing a mental and physical edge.
"I believe the strength staffs that Mickey
has led have been the best staffs in college football," Meyer
A native of Ambridge, Pa., Marotti was a four-year letterwinner 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 a 1987 graduate of West Liberty with a degree in exercise physiology.
wife, the former Susan Laffey, have one son, Mitchell, who is a freshman in college and a daughter, Madison, a freshman softball player at the University of Notre Dame
Mickey Marotti Experience
Asst. AD for FB Sports Performance Ohio State 2005-11 Director of Strength
and Conditioning Florida 1998-2005 Director of Strength and Conditioning Notre Dame 1990-98 Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Cincinnati 1989-90 Strength Assistant West Virginia 1987-88 Graduate Assistant Strength Coach Ohio State 1987-88 Head Strength Coach Grove City (Ohio) H.S.