Former Cleveland Browns strength and conditioning coach Tom Myslinski has been hired to serve as the Football Strength Coach at the University of Memphis.
Myslinski served five seasons with the Browns, the last three as the head strength and conditioning coach. He was the club's assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2004, while also working on a part-time basis in 2003.
A native of Rome, N.Y., Myslinski had a nine-year NFL playing career as an offensive lineman, which started as a fourth-round draft choice of Dallas in 1992. He played in 60 games with 25 starts during that time, including stints with Chicago (1993-94), Jacksonville (1995), Pittsburgh (1996-97, 2000), Indianapolis (1998) and Dallas (1999).
While playing in the NFL, Myslinski served as a volunteer assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Pittsburgh from 1998-2001, where he worked primarily with offensive and defensive linemen. Prior to his stint at Pittsburgh, Myslinski spent 1996 as the volunteer head strength and conditioning coach at the University of North Florida, where he managed all aspects of physical and mental development with the school's student-athletes. He has also served as a martial arts consultant to numerous collegiate athletic programs. In addition, he held the head strength and conditioning position for two seasons (2005-06) at Robert Morris University.
Myslinski developed and patented the "Tunch Punch Ladder" hand agility pad and has trained extensively under offensive line guru, Tunch Ilkin, who is the developer of the Tunch Punch system, which is used extensively by offensive line coaches throughout the NFL. 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 earned eight varsity letters at the University of Tennessee in football and track & field, and earned first-team All-Southeastern Conference and honorable mention All-America honors in football in 1991. He started at guard for two consecutive SEC Championship teams (1989, 1990). He was also a member of the Volunteers' 1991 NCAA Champion track & field team.
He earned a bachelor's degree in kinesiology from UT in 1992, and later earned his master's degree from Pittsburgh in exercise physiology. Myslinski and his wife, Amy, have three children, Thomas, Emily and Michael.