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Rob Blanc enters his 28th year as head football athletic trainer and clinical instructor at Pitt. With his exceptional sports medicine knowledge and experience, Blanc is a tremendous resource for the entire Pitt athletic department.

Blanc was named the 2013 NCAA Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). He was selected for this prestigious award by the NATA College and University Athletic Trainers' Committee, which annually recognizes individuals for exceptional performance as a head athletic trainer in each of the five collegiate divisions (Divisions I, II and III; NAIA; and junior college).

In addition to his responsibilities with the Panthers' football program, Blanc has a lead role with the Pitt Performance Team, a unique blending of the university's numerous resources that focuses on the development and welfare of the total student-athlete. He also helps coordinate sports coverage, budget, inventory, drug testing and counseling.

Blanc is an adjunct clinical instructor for Pitt's NATA-approved undergraduate athletic training curriculum. He has co-authored two textbooks, Emergency Care in Athletic Training and Athletic Training Case Scenarios: Domain-Based Situations and Solutions, with three graduates of the University of Pittsburgh athletic training program.

Blanc graduated from Slippery Rock in 1982 and earned his master's in athletic training in 1984 from Ohio University. He was also a certified paramedic and was involved in an emergency medical service for 17 years in nearby Bethel Park.

A native of Pittsburgh, Blanc served as head athletic trainer at neighboring Duquesne University for two years before joining the Panthers' staff.

Blanc began his athletic training career as the head athletic trainer at New Lexington (Ohio) High School in 1983. A year later, he began working for the Pittsburgh Steelers on a part-time basis, serving at training camp and at all home games.

Blanc's wife's name is Peggy. He has three children: son Jason and daughters Jordan and Shannon.

BORN February 28, 1960
HOMETOWN Bethel Park, Pa.
ALMA MATER Slippery Rock, 1982
FAMILY Blanc's wife's name is Peggy. He has three children: son Jason and daughters Jordan and Shannon.

Rob Blanc

Rob  Blanc

Bethel Park, Pa.

Head Athletic Trainer


Alma Mater:
Slippery Rock, '82

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