The Panthers and Irish meet this Saturday at Heinz Field.
Chris LaSala enters his 19th season overseeing football operations for the University of Pittsburgh. He has served Pitt as an assistant athletic director the past 16 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 and 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.
One of LaSala’s most invaluable contributions at Pitt is his daily work with student-athletes in preparing them for life after college. His efforts have made the football program one of Pitt’s most active and enthusiastic teams when it comes to community service. In fact, the football team was recently lauded for logging the most community service hours in the Pitt Athletic Department.
LaSala was a member of the Beaver County Sports Hall of Fame 2014 induction class. He is a past recipient of the prestigious Chancellor’s Award for Staff Excellence in service to the University of Pittsburgh. LaSala has also been recognized as an Outstanding Graduate of Temple University’s sport and recreation management 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 13 bowl games, including the Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (2014 season), Little Caesars Pizza Bowl (2013), 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 tenure, the Eagles captured the 1994 Aloha Bowl and participated in the 1995 Kickoff Classic.
Before Boston College, LaSala spent four years at Temple in administration (1990-93) 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.
|BORN||January 7, 1966|
|ALMA MATER||West Virginia, 1988|
|FAMILY||LaSala and his wife Dana have one son, Anthony.|
|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|
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