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Michigan hires New England Patriots’ David Granito as new head football athletic trainer

June 23, 2016

ANN ARBOR — Michigan’s new head football trainer will have extensive NFL experience.

The football program announced Thursday that it has hired David Granito from the New England Patriots to serve as the team’s new head football athletic trainer.

Granito is replacing longtime football athletic trainer Paul Schmidt (who started with the program full-time in 1986). Schmidt, per a Michigan spokesman, transitioned to the role of head athletic trainer/rehabilitation specialist in April.

Granito will now serve as the primary medical contact for Michigan’s football program.

An athletic trainer for the New England Patriots since 2002, Granito has also worked with the New York Giants and West Virginia’s football program.

He served as the Patriots’ assistant athletic trainer from 2003-2015.

Granito officially began work at Michigan on Monday.

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