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Congrats to New York Giant's Super Bowl winning strength and conditioning coaches Jerry Palmieri and Markus Paul

SPN would like to congratulate the New York Giant's Super Bowl winning strength and conditioning coaching staff, Jerry Palmieri and Markus Paul.  Get to know each coach by reading their bios as posted on


Jerry Palmieri:

New Jersey native and longtime Tom Coughlin assistant Jerry Palmieri is in his eighth season as the Giants’ strength and conditioning coach, a position he assumed on Jan. 13, 2004.

Palmieri is one of the NFL’s most respected conditioning coaches. He was honored as the 2007 Samson’s NFL Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year. In 1999, Palmieri was honored by the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society as Coach of the Year.

Palmieri was the New Orleans Saints’ assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2003. Prior to that he spent nine years as a strength and conditioning coach under Coughlin, one at Boston College (where he was the director of strength and conditioning operations) and eight with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Palmieri’s goal is to help each player increase in size, strength and speed, which ultimately produces a more powerful and productive athlete. “Coach Coughlin wants our team to play physical on the field,” Palmieri said. “Our job is to make our players more physical and more powerful, so that their play will be physical in competition.”

Palmieri began his career as a strength coach at the University of North Carolina in 1982. From there he moved to Oklahoma State (1984-86) and Kansas State (1987-92) before joining Coughlin at Boston College. In addition to his coaching experience, Palmieri has taught physical education classes and written articles about strength and conditioning for national publications.

Palmieri is a 1980 graduate of Montclair State University, which is located just 15 minutes from New Meadowlands Stadium. He received a master’s degree is exercise physiology from North Carolina in 1984. Palmieri was a three-time New Jersey Golden Gloves champion (1976-78) and competed in international competition as a member of the 1978 and 1979 USA Boxing Teams.

Palmieri was raised in Dumont, N.J. He and his wife, Ellen, also a New Jersey native, have a son, Tony, and a daughter, Annamarie, who is married to Trent Atwood.


Markus Paul:

Markus Paul, a former NFL player and a veteran coach in the league, is in his fifth season as the Giants’ assistant strength and conditioning coach. Paul works closely with Jerry Palmieri to improve the size, strength, speed and conditioning of the Giants’ players.

Prior to joining the Giants, Paul spent two seasons on the coaching staff of the Jets, in 2005 as the director of physical development and the following year as the head strength and conditioning coach.

Before his tenure with the Jets, Paul was the New England Patriots’ assistant strength and conditioning coach. He worked under Mike Woicik, who has trained six Super Bowl championship teams. Paul owns three Super Bowl rings from the Patriots’ titles in 2001, 2003 and 2004.

Paul’s first NFL coaching position was as the New Orleans Saints’ assistant strength and conditioning coach in 1998-99.

A defensive back during his playing career, Paul was the Chicago Bears’ fourth-round draft choice in 1989. He played with the Bears until 1993, when he played one game with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Paul played in 71 games with 30 starts at strong or free safety. He intercepted seven passes, which he returned for a total of 100 yards.

A four-year starter at Syracuse University, Paul holds the school record with 19 career interceptions. As a senior in 1988, he was credited with 76 tackles and was named first-team All-America by The Sporting News and Football News. Paul earned a bachelor of science degree in retailing.

Paul was raised in Kissimmee, Fla. He and his wife, Patricia, have a son, Jairus, and a daughter, Tabitha.

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