Director of Player Personnel
Ohio State University
Mark Pantoni is in his sixth season as the Ohio State football program’s director of player personnel. In this position Pantoni supervises all aspects of the program’s administrative duties for recruiting, including on-campus official and unofficial visits, budgeting, travel and database management.
Pantoni relates really well with prospects and, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail and administration skills, he has helped Ohio State secure six consecutive Top 5 recruiting classes, including a 2017 class that’s produced the highest per player average in the 247Sports Composite rankings history. He also helped Ohio State to a 2016 class ranked as high as No. 2 by Scout and No. 3 by Rivals, to the No. 1 class in the nation (2013 by Scout) and 12 total rankings of No. 3 or better by the four major prospect ranking organizations from 2012-17.
His efforts have earned him recognition as the FootballScoop 2014 Director Player Personnel of the Year presented by ProGrass after being a finalist for the honor in 2013.
“Mark has proven abilities at organizing recruiting efforts and in building relationships with prospects and their families,” Ohio State coach Urban Meyer has said.
Pantoni started in his Ohio State position in December 2011 after working at the University of Florida for five years. He had direct responsibilities as a recruiting program coordinator for two seasons, including serving as Florida’s director of football administration from March 2011 through the end of the 2011 regular season.
Pantoni also helped with Florida’s highly successful summer camp showcase, Friday Night Lights. 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. The concept of Friday Night Lights has continued in Columbus each July in Ohio Stadium.
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.
Pantoni’s wife, the former Kristin O’Berry, is also a Florida native (Jacksonville) and a University of Florida graduate. The couple has a set of twins: son Hayden and daughter, Madison, who will enjoy their terrific “twos” during the 2017 football campaign.
Hometown: Sarasota, Fla.
High School: Cardinal Mooney (Sarasota, Fla.) H.S.
Alma Mater: Florida, 2004
Master’s Degree: Florida, 2006
Year in Administration: Eighth (Sixth year at Ohio State)
Children: Twins Hayden and Madison