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Two Coaches Join Leopard Football Staff

July 10, 2017

EASTON, Pa. – David Girardi and Josh Zidenberg have joined the Lafayette football coaching staff as the quarterbacks coach and running backs coach, respectively. Both will work under the tutelage of first-year head coach John Garrett.

Girardi spent the last three seasons on the Northwestern University football staff, working both as a graduate assistant on the defensive side of the ball and as an offensive quality control assistant. While there, he earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration.

Prior to his time with the Big 10 program, Girardi worked two seasons as a graduate assistant at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa. where he earned his MBA in 2013.

Girardi, a native of St. Petersburg, Fla., spent his undergraduate career as the quarterback at Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa. from 2008-10. He earned three All-Presidents’ Athletic Conference honors as a quarterback to go along with a pair of National Christian College Athletic Association All-America nods. Girardi threw for more than 6,000 yards and 37 touchdowns and holds the single season and career records for completion percentage at Geneva. Girardi also punted for the Torandoes, earning All-PAC and All-NCCAA recognition at that position in 2010.

“David is an excellent teacher and communicator of quarterback technique and fundamentals,” Garrett said. “As a former quarterback at Geneva College, he has western Pennsylvania ties and FBS coaching experience which make him a great asset to our program.”

Zidenberg is coming off a two-season stint on the football staff at Virginia Military Institute where he was the safeties coach and the co-coordinator for special teams. The Poquoson, Va. native also spent one season (2014) as a graduate assistant at Connecticut, working primarily with the linebackers.

He broke into collegiate coaching at his alma mater, Virginia, working three seasons (2009-11) as a graduate assistant while completing his Master of Education Degree in Administration and Supervision 2011. That followed a four-year undergraduate playing career at UVA where he secured his bachelor’s degree in English in 2008. Following his graduation, he worked as a player personnel assistant with the Miami Dolphins from 2008-09.

Zidenberg joined the Virginia program as a walk-on, but was later awarded a football scholarship. He earned the George Welsh Award, as most outstanding special teams player, following his junior year of 2006 and the John Polzer Award, for ability, sportsmanship and character, in 2007. Zidenberg, a fullback, was the starting kick-off returner his senior season of 2007 and led the team in average yards per return.

“As a former running back and special teams stand-out at UVA, Josh brings versatility and FBS coaching experience,” Garrett said. “He will be an excellent addition to our staff.”

With the addition of Girardi and Zidenberg, Christian Pace, who was named to the staff in January, will take over as tight ends coach.