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As a senior from Grosse Pointe South High School, Reid Fragel was a much sought-after recruit and had the option to study and play football anywhere in the country.
Mickey Marotti is in his second season as the assistant athletic director for football sports performance at Ohio State. He is a 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 now.
"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. He 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.
Marotti 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 has his 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 said. "He is the best there is at developing physically and mentally tough football players."
The well-conditioned and mentally tough 2012 Ohio State Buckeyes, by year's end, were one of the finest teams in the country, boasted two All-Americans in cornerback Bradley Roby and defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins as well as the Big Ten Conference's Defensive Player of the Year (John Simon) and Offensive Player of the Year (Braxton Miller), and finished as the only unbeaten team in the country at 12-0.
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.
Marotti and his 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
Hometown: Ambridge, Pa.