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Rob Blanc enters his 30th 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.

Widely respected by his peers, Blanc is a past recipient of the NCAA Division I Head Athletic Trainer of the Year Award presented by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA). He has also been honored with the Distinguished Merit Award from the Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers’ Society in recognition of his dedicated service, past achievements and outstanding professional contributions that have furthered the advancement of the athletic training profession in the Commonwealth.

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 will have a third book published in the summer of 2017, True Stories From The Athletic Training Room.

Blanc graduated from Slippery Rock University 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, Pa.

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

Head Athletic Trainer

Alma Mater:
Slippery Rock, '82

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