Former New England Assistant Athletic Trainer, Dave Granito, is now Ann Arbor bound. Announced today by the Michigan staff, Ganito will be Michigan’s new Head Athletic Trainer. Granito brings with him 13 years experience in the NFL, 12 of which were with the New England Patriots as an Assistant. He will be replacing Paul Schmidt, who was hired back in 1986 full time.
The University of Michigan released the following official statement in regards to the addition of Dave Granito:
“The University of Michigan Athletic Department announced Thursday (June 23) the hiring of David Granito as head football athletic trainer. Granito comes to Ann Arbor after serving as an athletic trainer with the New England Patriots since 2002. He began his appointment with the football program on Monday (June 20). In his role, Granito will serve as the primary medical contact for the football program and will work to deliver comprehensive health care and lifetime wellness services for the football program. Since 2003, Granito has served as an assistant athletic trainer with the Patriots, where he provided the highest level of integrated sports medicine to all member of the team, staff and football community. He was an associate athletic trainer for the Patriots organization for one season (2002-03) before moving into the role he held for the past 14 years. Prior to his stint in Foxborough, Granito spent one season as an associate athletic trainer with the New York Giants (2001-02) and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at West Virginia University for three years (1999-2001). He is a member of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society and the National Athletic Trainers Association. Granito earned his master’s degree in athletic training from WVU in 2001 and received his bachelor’s degree in physical education from Kean College in 1999.”
This is another solid addition of a staff member with vast experience at the professional level. The Wolverines continue to boast the fact that several of it’s staff within it’s football program have worked at various positions in the NFL.