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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Dave Gettleman Profile

On the Pro Personnel side, Senior Pro Personnel Analyst Dave Gettleman is the other half of GM Jerry Reece’s arsenal in New York, and the other known candidate for the Panthers’ open GM spot.

Gettleman – a 25 year pro and entering his 15th year with the Giants, has been Pro Personnel Director for 13 years.  His time with the Giants is all pro personnel – the prior ten years were college personnel.

His college personnel years start in Buffalo in 1987 after a year interning; he spent five years as an area scout before representing BLESTO as a scout (BLESTO started as an association between teams to share scouting costs). He then moved on to the Broncos for four years, before moving in on the Giants Pro Personnel department.  After two years under Tim Rooney, he was promoted to Director.

Pro personnel, in a way, is more interdisciplinary – it’s scouting, but it also deals highly on internal matters like cap management, team needs, and helping put together a roster.

In a way, it’s not as hard to deal with pro personnel – you have to deal with things like fit, but you’ve seen these players in the league.  For your own players, you have the ability to access them at any time, talk to their coaches, other players.  College and the draft is much more a matter of circumstance for success.

Gettleman has a short background as a player (one year as an OT for Springfield College) and coach – he was head coach of the Spackenkill (Poughkeepsie, NY) HS for eight years, including two league titles, with a total of 12 years coaching and 10 as head coach. More impressively, with the job of teacher/head coach, Gettleman earned two Master’s degrees in that time (one in PE, one in sports administration).

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