A highly valuable figure in Pitt's year-round recruiting and evaluation efforts, Dann Kabala serves as the Panthers' player personnel director and recruiting coordinator.
The 2016 season marks the fifth year of Kabala's second tour at Pitt. A Pittsburgh native and graduate of Fox Chapel High School, he previously worked with the Panthers as a graduate assistant from 2005-07. Kabala returned in a full-time capacity in 2012 and has been an instrumental figure for Pitt's rising program.
This past February, the Panthers signed a recruiting class ranked among the nation's 30 best according to Rivals. It was Pitt's highest rated class by Rivals in eight years and included the vast majority of Western Pennsylvania's most sought-after prospects. He also helped Pitt land a top 25 class in 2013 according to Scout.
Prior to Pitt, he spent four years at the University of Arkansas, where he helped the Razorbacks sign three consecutive top 25 recruiting classes from 2010-12.
Kabala served the Arkansas football program in the areas of on-campus recruiting, eligibility coordination and academic support. He also was responsible for such successful initiatives as the Game Day Guest Professor program; the Razorback 1000-Yard Club, which served to reinforce academic and community achievement; and the Football Academic Game Plan, which helped UA’s football student-athletes achieve unprecedented levels of success in the classroom.
On the field, Arkansas posted 10-win seasons in each of Kabala’s final two years. The 2011 Razorbacks finished with an 11-2 record, No. 5 national ranking and a victory over Kansas State in the Cotton Bowl.
Kabala boasts experience on the high school, collegiate and professional levels of football. He began his career as a football operations intern with his alma mater Indiana University (Bloomington). He later spent two seasons in the National Football League working with the Jacksonville Jaguars’ operations department.
Kabala graduated with high distinction from Indiana with a degree in sports marketing and management in 2001 and earned his MBA from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. Kabala played college football at Johns Hopkins University and was ranked eighth nationally in kickoff return average as a freshman.
He is married to the former Becky King, a Penn Hills native and University of Pittsburgh graduate.
|BORN||October 7, 1978|
|ALMA MATER||Indiana University, 2001|
|FAMILY||Kabala is married to the former Becky King.|
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