Construction Continuing On Tiger Football Weight Room

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The Billy J. Murphy Complex is currently undergoing a major upgrade which will benefit the Tiger Football program. Players working out on the turf field and in the current weight room this summer have front row seats in viewing the construction progress of the 13,000-square-foot Tiger Football weight room that is scheduled for completion by the end of the year. The weight room will be dedicated solely for the football program and will include state-of-the-art equipment. The strength and conditioning program for the football team is under new guidance as Tom Myslinski was brought in as the director and Ryan Cidzik serves as the assistant football strength coach. Myslinski previously worked five seasons with the Cleveland Browns and had a nine-year career as an NFL offensive lineman. He has published peer-reviewed research in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research on the development of strength and power using heavy chains and bands in addition to weights. Myslinski uses a targeting training approach to train athletes based on their specific positions and needs. He holds a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from the University of Tennessee, and earned his master's degree from Pittsburgh in exercise physiology. Cidzik joined the Tigers after two seasons in the NFL, the first with the Cleveland Browns and most recently with the New York Jets. Cidzik earned his bachelor's degree from Susquehanna in 2001 and later earned his master's degree of exercise science from Louisiana Tech in 2005. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), and a USA Weightlifting Certified Level-1 Club Coach. "I am really excited to be back in the college setting," said Myslinski. "I think the difference between the pros and college is the ability to influence an athlete and the ability to impact an athlete. I think in the pros, you can influence an athlete, but in college, you have a great opportunity to impact the athlete." Myslinski is excited about the new facility and says that he believes that it will be an impressive addition to the program. But what has him most impressed is the attitude of the student-athletes who have made a commitment to the new strength program. "It has been a challenge but they are doing well and accepting all of the direction," said Myslinski. "To me, this is not all about strength and conditioning now. It is about life and they need to learn how to take care of themselves from a nutrition standpoint. It is a life-long habit that we are trying to develop within our athletes." "I am very excited about the weight room," said transfer receiver Jermaine McKenzie. "I have two years left, so I will have an opportunity to experience the new weight room. Coming from the University of Miami, this looks a lot like what we had there when the weight room was renovated about a year ago. There will be a lot of new equipment and I am looking forward to working out in there."

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