Marotti Discusses Leadership and Development at Ohio State

By Vico on June 11, 2013 at 9:52a

Ohio State was the subject of a profile from Bruce Feldman, which talked about the "Year Two" transformation under Urban Meyer, in particular. Mickey Marotti, Ohio State's strength and conditioning coach (formally: Assistant Athletic Director and Director of Football Sports Performance), was really the focus of this profile.

*Marotti on leadership: "A leader to this generation is somebody who scores touchdowns or blocks extra points or makes interceptions. A leader in my era is the guy who does everything the way they're supposed to do. They bring people with them. They're selfless. Unfortunately, we live in Generation I-Y. I live in that world still. Myself and Coach Meyer run a leadership class, where we have 18 or 19 guys in there who we're trying to teach and show leadership.



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"I almost fought him," Marotti said of Bryant. "We almost got into a fist fight literally the first day. He said something to one of my assistants, 'Come on brother, easy.' One of the guys that I brought in said, 'A: I'm not your brother. B: Do the [bleep] right.' We were gonna go at it. Now he's one of my closest players.
"It was funny because with Christian's push-back and his 'anti-ness,' you'd see it in academics, you'd see it in the training room. Last guy to come into the weight room. He's supposed to be here at 2. He comes in at 1:59. You can't be like that. A leader is as a leader does."
Last season, the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Bryant was the Buckeyes' second-leading tackler and made second-team All-Big Ten.


OSUs12-OH's picture

Epic these guys.  I have a feeling they're building something special guys and gals.  I can't wait until August 31st.  I feel sorry for Buffalo;-)

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

buckguy10's picture

Is it August yet!?

blazers34's picture

so Mariotti no longer has that gaudy title?  Wonder why.  Or did I read that incorrectly?

tennbuckeye19's picture

Formally vs. Formerly
Yes, he still has the title.

blazers34's picture

Whoops! So much for reading comprehension. Thanks for the clarification.

AngelHeartsBuckeyes's picture

2/3 comments on the article involve Meyer's alleged infidelity and us paying our players. The other is an O-H!

Definitely is Troll Tuesday.

Buckeye born and bred. Buckeye til I'm dead.

JLBNYC's picture

"He was just so laid-back. I had to learn patience with him. I have ants in my pants. I'm used to quarterbacks -- Jarious Jackson, Brady Quinn, Chris Leak, Tim Tebow -- they're all workout guys. With him, he was just so laid-back, it was like 'whoa, whoa, whoa,' I wasn't used to that. That's his personality. You gotta get over that, but he's different right now. Back 20 years ago, I would've thrown stuff at him. He's a great kid. I love him. He's starting to be a leader now. He's developing some of those leadership skills."

"I would've thrown stuff at him"
This guy is awesome!

OSU_ALUM_05's picture

"I would've thrown stuff at him."  Rutgers tried that and they still suck. 

Yeti's have feelings too.

OSUs12-OH's picture

Really love the avatar pic JLBNYC.
Also love what this article says. Most of the time I can't stand Feldman, Forde and the former ESPN guys or what they have to say.  But this is gold....loved it!

"I want a hungry team. I want a team that can't wait to get out there. I want an angry team! You're the Ohio State Buckeyes. You're an angry football team. You're a hungry football team and I'm proud to be your coach." UFM

cajunbuckeye's picture

The coaching staff is building men. Responsible, committed, confident, hard working men. You can build anything on that foundation.

An angry fan...rooting for an angry team...led by angry coaches

LexingtonBuckeye's picture

I can't help but draw on my own experiences to relate to how this coaching staff operates. I would say, like I suspect many of us would, the coaches/teachers/leaders that were hardest on us in the moment were also the best. It might not have seemed that way going through the suffering, but looking back you can tell that you've grown as a player and a (wo)man.
There can be no victory without suffering.