Pitt Football added three staffers recently. You’ll never read about these guys in the Post Gazette, or hear about them in a postgame interview, but they’ll be important to the day to day operations of the program.
At first, I assumed we were just poaching talent from less-well resourced programs, and to some degree that may be true, but a social media contact encouraged me to look deeper, and so I did.
First off, looks like our new recruiting coordinator is a good ‘ol Western Pennsylvania boy, with ties to one of the best programs in the area:
Taylor Wilhelm is in his fourth season as director of new media for the Iowa State football program. Wilhelm is spearheading the program’s efforts in creating graphics and videos for social media and recruiting.
Wilhelm also helps produce graphics for branding and promotions of the program.
A native of Greenwich, Ohio, Wilhelm was a video graduate assistant at Toledo in 2015. He was responsible for created graphics/flyers for social media and recruiting purposes, as well as managing social media for the football program.
Wilhelm was a member of the Malone (OH) University football team for four years, earning All-GLIAC Academic honors. He was the recipient of the John Thomas Unsung Hero Award at the school.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting/business administration at Malone University (Canton, Ohio) in 2015.
I like his style
I believe this to be some of Wilhelm’s first work at Pitt, and it’s a good look:
Lastly our new Assistant Director of Football Operations spent some time down in Big B’s backyard, but is more or less coming home to the Northeast. Given all the recruiting we do in New Jersey I’m sure he’ll be able to get back there now and again.
John Ford, Jr. is entering his fourth season on the Demon Deacon staff in 2018 and first season as the Associate Director of Football Operations.
Ford’s primary responsibilities are providing assistance for coordination of team travel, team meals, player housing, and assisting in game day operations of the team. He also assists in recruiting operations such as recruiting events, summer camps, clinics, special events, organizing community service and all aspects of day-to-day football operations.
Ford came to Wake Forest from Rutgers where he was an Operations and Video assistant for two seasons, assisting in the day-to-day and game day operations of the team, along with editing practice film, game footage and opponent footage. Ford also, assisted the coaching staff in game preparation and analysis.
Ford graduated from Rutgers in 2013 with a degree in communications where he worked as a student video and recruiting assistant as an undergrad. Ford earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest in 2018.
A native of Piscataway, N.J., Ford lettered in football and basketball in high school. Ford Lettered in football and basketball in high school.
Welcome to Pitt everybody. Rebuilding the fence around WPA starts now.