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Scarlet Knights Athletic Training Staff
Dave McCune

Dr. Robert Monaco is in his 19th year as the Associate Director of Athletics/Sports Medicine and has served as Team Physician for the football program since his arrival in 1996. In addition to working with the football team, Dr. Monaco oversees the medical treatment for all of the university’s sports. His responsibilities also include supervising a group of 11 full-time certified athletic trainers and a support staff in sports nutrition and psychology.

In addition to his work with the Scarlet Knights, Dr. Monaco is a clinical professor in the Department of Family Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and assists with directing the school’s Sports Medicine Fellowship Program.

His educational background includes a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, where he competed in wrestling and captained the team his senior year. He went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, where he was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He completed his residency at UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and St. Peter’s Hospital in New Brunswick, working with the Department of Family Medicine.

Dr. Monaco has also done postgraduate study and completed a fellowship in Sports Medicine at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, which included work at Princeton University and the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. In addition, Dr. Monaco holds a master’s degree in public health from Rutgers and UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

A native of Nutley, N.J., Dr. Monaco comes from a family of physical educators, coaches and athletes. Dr. Monaco and his wife, Carolyn, are the proud parents of two children, Antonio and Angelina.

Dave McCune
Head Football Trainer


David McCune has had the responsibility of the health and wellness of the Rutgers football team as the Head Football Athletic Trainer the last decade. In his 14th season with the Scarlet Knights, McCune oversees all aspects of athletic training from injury prevention to rehabilitation within the program. McCune also assists with the coordination of the entire athletic department’s athletic training staff.

He has worked with head coach Kyle Flood since his arrival as an assistant coach in 2008. McCune worked for former Rutgers and former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Greg Schiano for more than a decade, also serving as Coordinator of Athletic Training and Football Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami for four seasons (1997-2000), before joining the Scarlet Knights for the 2001 season.

McCune, a Virginia native, received his Bachelor’s Degree from James Madison, and earned his Master’s Degree from Missouri State University. He began his career as an Assistant Athletic Trainer at Missouri State in 1989, where he worked for one year before being named Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Miami’s HealthSouth Sports Medicine Clinic (1989-93), and named the Director of the Clinic from 1993-95.

He then returned to his alma mater, James Madison, as Athletic Trainer, where he served from 1995-97 before joining the University of Miami program.

McCune and his wife Annie reside in Piscataway. He is the proud father of three sons, Devon, Braden and Alex.

Mike Pawlusiak
Assistant Football Athletic Trainer

Mike Pawlusiak enters his 10th year with the Scarlet Knights, working as the first assistant athletic trainer with the Rutgers football Program.

Most recently, Pawlusiak worked as a staff athletic trainer at Florida International University from 2000-2004.

Pawlusiak graduated from Castleton State College(‘96) with a B.S. in Physical Education/Athletic Training and University of Miami (‘00) with a M.S. Ed in Sports Medicine, while also serving as a graduate assistant athletic trainer.

Pawlusiak and his wife, Jamie, reside in Piscataway with their son.

Rob Piacentini
Assistant Football Athletic Trainer

Rob Piacentini is in his sixth year at Rutgers and first as assistant athletic trainer with the football program. Piacentini, who is responsible for the prevention, care and rehabilitation of the Scarlet Knights, has worked previously with the baseball and women’s soccer programs at RU.

Prior to arriving in Piscataway, Piacentini served as the primary athletic trainer for the men’s soccer and baseball programs at St. John’s. As a graduate assistant at the University of Houston, he worked with the football program in 2006-07 and the men’s and women’s cross country and track programs during the 2005-06 season. In 2004, he worked for the NFL’s Washington Redskins as a season-long intern. As an undergraduate, Piacentini worked with the Buffalo Bills during the 2003 season.

Piacentini earned a Bachelor’s Degree in 2004 from Canisius College, majoring in athletic training. He completed his Master’s Degree in Education at the University of Houston in 2007.

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