Ryan Cidzik enters his second season as director of strength and conditioning for the University of Memphis football team.
Before joining the Tiger coaching staff, Cidzik spent two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach in the NFL. He most recently worked with the New York Jets, where he was directly responsible for the physical development of all offensive and defensive linemen, while assisting with skill and mid-skill players. Cidzik helped rank the Jets the fifth least injured team in the NFL, and also helped them to the AFC Championship game in 2009.
Prior to his time with the New York Jets, Cidzik was an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the Cleveland Browns. He implemented football-specific strength training, speed development, conditioning, rehab and flexibility programs for all Browns' players under former U of M Head Strength Coach Tom Myslinski.
At the collegiate level, Cidzik has served as head strength and conditioning coach at Northwestern State University in Louisiana (2006-07), assistant strength and conditioning coach at Louisiana Tech (2003-05) and volunteer assistant at the University of Richmond (2003). Cidzik was also the strength and conditioning coordinator for NFL International Player Development for NFL Europe (2004-07).
As a player, Cidzik was a four-year letterman and two-year starter at fullback for the Susquehanna University Crusaders (1997-2000), helping his team win conference championships in 1998 and 1999. After his college football days, Cidzik became an accomplished powerlifter who has achieved Elite-Level status as a drug-free lifter. He has held powerlifting records in five different states, was a two-time national champion at 220 lbs, and is the American Powerlifting Association's (APA) former world record holder in the squat. His best competitive lifts include a 786 lb. squat, a 500 lb. bench, and a 624 deadlift. Cidzik also has experience as a competitive Muay Thai, International Rules, and Full Contact Rules kickboxer.
Cidzik is considered by many to be one of the nation's most sought-after coaches on the topic of concussion prevention for football players. He has spoken at various conferences and published articles on his innovative system of neck testing and training methods for contact sport athletes.
A native of Rome, NY, 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), a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC), a USA Weightlifting Certified Level-1 Club Coach, and is certified in Orthopedic Assessment (AIAM).
He and his wife, Aimee, reside in Bartlett, Tenn. The couple welcomed their first child, Steele Thomas in December 2011.