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  Chris LaSala
Chris LaSala

Player Profile
Hometown:
Aliquippa, Pa.

Position:
Assistant Athletic Director/Football Operations

Alma Mater:
West Virginia, 1988

Chris LaSala enters his 18th season overseeing football operations for the University of Pittsburgh. He has served Pitt as an assistant athletic director the past 15 years.

A native of Aliquippa, Pa., LaSala ranks among the country's most respected professionals in his capacity. He truly has proven to be the Panthers' master of multi-tasking, handling such diverse responsibilities as team travel accommodations, youth summer camps, coaching clinics, preseason training camp arrangements as well as the daily administration for Pitt's 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 12 bowl games, including the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (2013 season), BBVA Compass Bowl (2010-12), Meineke Car Care Bowl (2009), Sun Bowl (2008), Fiesta Bowl (2004), Continental Tire Bowl (2003), Insight Bowl (2000 and 2002), Tangerine Bowl (2001) and Liberty Bowl (1997).

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.

LaSala and his wife Dana have one son, Anthony.

PERSONAL INFORMATION
BORN January 7, 1966
HOMETOWN Aliquippa, Pa.
ALMA MATER West Virginia, 1988
FAMILY LaSala and his wife Dana have one son, Anthony.

ADMINISTRATIVE EXPERIENCE
TEMPLE, 1988 Graduate Assistant
PITTSBURGH, 1989 Athletic Department Intern
TEMPLE, 1990-93 1990, Football Administrative Assistant; 1991-93, Department Recruiting Coordinator; 1993, Assistant Athletic Director
BOSTON COLLEGE, 1994-96 Director of Football Operations
PITTSBURGH, 1997-Present 1997-Present, Director of Football Operations; 2000-Present, Assistant Athletic Director