Chris LaSala is in his 14th year as director of football operations at the University of Pittsburgh. LaSala is in his 11th year as an assistant athletic director.
A native of nearby Aliquippa, Pa., LaSala is truly the Panthers' master of multi-tasking. He coordinates and oversees travel accommodations, including Pitt's victorious trip to the 2009 Meineke Car Care Bowl, as well as youth summer camps, the annual coaches clinic, preseason camp arrangements and all day-to-day administration for the Pitt football team. LaSala also serves as the football program's liaison to numerous campus offices and within the athletic department.
In 2004 he was named a recipient of the prestigious Chancellor's Award for Staff Excellence in service to the University of Pittsburgh. In 2006 LaSala was recognized as an "Outstanding Graduate" of Temple University's sport/recreation administration program.
LaSala was a chief coordinator and planner for Pitt's move to its state-of-the-art practice facility, the UPMC Sports Performance Complex. He has been instrumental in the planning of Pitt's trips to the 2008 Sun Bowl, 2005 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 2003 Continental Tire Bowl, 2002 Insight Bowl, 2001 Visit Florida Tangerine Bowl, 2000 Insight.com Bowl and 1997 AXA/Equitable Liberty Bowl.
LaSala's career in athletics began at Temple, where he served as a graduate assistant. He then came to the University of Pittsburgh as an athletic department intern in 1989.
Prior to his 1997 Pitt appointment he served three years as the director of football operations at Boston College (1994-96), where he handled all the administrative duties for the football program, including overseeing the travel arrangements and organizing BC's youth camps.
During his BC tenure, the Eagles captured the 1994 Aloha Bowl and participated in the 1995 Kickoff Classic.
Before Boston College, LaSala spent four years at Temple (1990-93) as recruiting coordinator and ultimately was elevated to assistant athletic director. He initially joined Temple as a graduate assistant in 1988 and then returned to the Owls' football staff in 1990 as the administrative assistant.
LaSala graduated from West Virginia in 1988 with a bachelor's degree in accounting. He earned his master's degree in sports administration from Temple in 1991.
Hometown: Aliquippa, Pa.
Alma Mater: West Virginia, '88
Family: LaSala and his wife Dana have a five-year-old son, Anthony Joseph.
Years/Position: 1988, graduate assistant.
Years/Position: 1989, athletic department intern.
Years/Position: 1990, football administrative assistant; 1991-93, department recruiting coordinator; 1993, assistant athletic director.
Years/Position: 1994-96, director of football operations.
Years/Position: 1997-present, director of football operations; 2000-present, assistant athletic director.
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