Holliday tabs Piraino as strength coach
HUNTINGTON - Marshall University Head Football Coach Doc Holliday announced the hiring of Frank Piraino as the head strength and conditioning coach for football on Thursday.
Piraino comes to Marshall from the University of Florida where he has served on the strength and conditioning staff for the past five years.
“This is the most important guy you have on your coaching staff, because he is with your players all of the time,” Holliday said. “One of the biggest reasons for Florida’s success in recent years is UF’s strength and conditioning program and I am tickled to death to have a guy with his pedigree running our program. Frank is an outstanding strength and conditioning coach and he has a background that includes Michigan State, Notre Dame and a pair of national championships at Florida.”
This past season Piraino served as the strength and conditioning coordinator for UF baseball. In addition to working with UF’s baseball program, Piraino has assisted in all aspects of the Gator football strength and conditioning program since January 2005. During his tenure, the Orange and Blue has captured a pair of National Championships and Southeastern Conference titles in both 2006 and 2008 under the direction of head coach Urban Meyer.
“I am excited to have this opportunity to work with Coach Holliday who runs a tough and disciplined program that puts emphasis on strength and conditioning,” Piraino said. “It is great to be here at Marshall and I look forward to helping this program win championships and bowl games.”
Piraino also was the director of the University of Florida’s Speed and Agility Camp and its annual Strength and Conditioning Coaches’ Clinic. He provided outreach education to high school and small college coaches and was responsible for hands-on training of all injured student-athletes.
He is officially certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and is recognized by USA Weightlifting as a Club Coach. Piraino is a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) and has passed the Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) certification examination.
The SCCC is the most comprehensive certification of its kind and tests the candidates' scientific knowledge, as well as their ability to apply this knowledge in a live working, practical environment. Those candidates preparing to take this certification examination must undergo an eight-to-nine month internship under the supervision of a CSCCa approved mentor. This mentor's responsibility is to guide the candidate and help him develop the skills necessary to become a successful strength and conditioning coach. In addition, Piraino has completed American Red Cross CPR training and earned his Automated External Defibrillator (AED) certification.
Prior to his arrival at Florida, Piraino was a strength and conditioning assistant at the University of Notre Dame from May 2004 until January 2005. He worked primarily with the Fighting Irish football squad coached by Tyrone Willingham that played in the Insight Bowl against Oregon State.
Between January 2003 and May 2004, Piraino was a graduate assistant at Michigan State University, where he assisted in the design, organization and execution of strength and conditioning programs for the Spartan men’s and women’s basketball, football and ice hockey teams. He organized and administrated weight room operations including scheduling, purchasing and budgeting of needed equipment and supplements and also helped with the maintenance of the facility.
The Cleveland, Ohio, native was an assistant football coach at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, from August 2000 to January 2003. He coached defensive ends and oversaw the scout team defense, as well as coordinating pre-game and pre-practice warm-up and assisting in scouting opponents. Piraino completed an internship with the Cleveland Indians in which he assisted in the physical conditioning of the Tribe’s major and minor league baseball players between July 2000 and January 2001.
Piraino earned a bachelor’s degree in sport and exercise science from the University of Akron in 2002 and a master’s degree in sport administration from Michigan State University in 2004.