Mike Stark
Mike Stark

Head Strength & Conditioning Coach

alma mater:
Memphis, 1972

Mike Stark, who lettered for the Tigers under former head coach Billy J. Murphy during the early 1970s, is in his 10th year as the director of strength and conditioning.

Stark is responsible for the strength and conditioning programs of the football, men's soccer, baseball and track teams at the Murphy Athletic Complex. He is credited with beginning the Iron Tiger Awards to honor the strength milestones of the Tiger football players.

A native Memphian, Stark was elected to the Missouri Valley All-Centennial Team in 2007. An All-American on the Tiger offensive line, Stark was selected to the All-Missouri Valley Conference Freshman Team in 1968 and received All-MVC honors for the next three seasons.

Stark came to the University of Memphis after serving as defensive coordinator and head strength coach at Cordova High School for two years (1998-99). He also worked as the head wrestling coach for the Wolfpack.

Prior to joining the staff at Cordova High, Stark spent 10 years as the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Bartlett High School. During his tenure at Bartlett, the Panthers posted an 87-39 record, made seven appearances in the state playoffs and reached the quarterfinals four times. As the strength coach, his teams won eight City Weightlifting Championships and three Tennessee Weightlifting Championships.

Stark began his coaching and strength career at Trezevant High School in Memphis. From 1983-89, the Bears posted a 42-8 record, made the state playoffs three times and won a state championship.

A graduate of the U of M, Stark lettered as a Tiger offensive lineman from 1969-71. In addition to his Missouri Valley honors, he also received All-Midlands accolades as a junior and senior and was named an All-American by the Associated Press, UPI and Kickoff Magazine as a senior. He received his bachelor's degree in education in 1972.

Stark and his wife, Cindy, have two children, a daughter, Keelie (22), and a son, Cody (13).

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