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11/02/2015

MEET THE PRESS: PAT NARDUZZI PREVIEWS NOTRE DAME

The Panthers and Irish meet this Saturday at Heinz Field.

Chris LaSala, who is in his 20th season as a member of the University of Pittsburgh's football staff, has been promoted to associate athletic director for football administration.

LaSala has a well-earned reputation as one of the nation's finest football operations professionals. His responsibilities have expanded in recent years, both within the football program and overall athletic department.

In addition to his invaluable contributions to football, LaSala is an important member of Pitt's sport administration team and he played a key role in the development of The Strategic Plan for Pitt Athletics unveiled this past June.

LaSala is one of the athletic department's longest tenured staff members, joining the Panthers in 1997 as director of football operations. He was named an assistant athletic director in 2000, serving in that capacity until his current promotion.

"Chris LaSala is a tremendous resource for our entire program in so many important ways," Pitt head football coach Pat Narduzzi said. "He is an outstanding person and professional who has the trust and respect of our student-athletes, staff and administration. I know how heavily I rely upon him on a daily basis. Chris is a true Pitt Man and this promotion is highly deserved."

LaSala has handled a wide variety of responsibilities with the Pitt football program over the years, including team travel accommodations, youth summer camps, coaching clinics and preseason training camp arrangements as well as daily administration. He also serves as the football program's liaison to numerous campus offices and within the athletic department.

One of LaSala's most impactful 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 has been an instrumental figure in the dramatic upgrades within Pitt's practice facility during the past year. Those enhancements include a new team meeting room, locker room, players lounge and staff conference room. He has also been a creative influence in the newly installed graphic displays that showcase the Panthers' rich football history.

LaSala has been a primary planner for Pitt's trips to 14 bowl games, including the Military Bowl (2015 season), Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl (2014), 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 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'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.

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 1997-2000, Director of Football Operations; 2000-2016, Assistant Athletic Director; 2016-Present, Associate Athletic Director for Football Administration

Chris LaSala

Chris  LaSala

Hometown:
Aliquippa, Pa.

Position:
Associate Athletic Director/Football Administration

Alma Mater:
West Virginia, 1988

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