Strength & Conditioning

Strength Staff

Iron Tiger Weight Room

Mike Stark
Strength & Conditioning Coordinator

Mike Stark, who lettered for the Tigers under former head coach Billy J. Murphy during the early 1970s, is in his ninth 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 (21), and a son, Cody (12).

Josh Medler
Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Kyle Miller
Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Chad Smith
Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Fieldhouse Olympic Sports Weight Room

Mike Jenkins
Assistant Strength Coach

Mike Jenkins joined the University of Memphis strength and conditioning staff in July of 2008. He is responsible for the strength and conditioning training of the volleyball, women's basketball softball, tennis, golf and women's soccer programs.

Jenkins, who previously worked at Texas A&M, Weber State and most recently, Marshall, has worked the last three seasons locally at D1 Sports Training in Cordova. He served as the athletic director/strength coach, and was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the facility and for facilitating the D1 training programs and techniques, managing facility personnel and directing special events and marketing. A 1990 graduate of Texas A&M, Jenkins worked as a graduate assistant and then a restricted earnings assistant in the Aggies strength and conditioning department from 1990-1994. He then served as the head strength coach at Weber State University from 1994-1998, where he implemented the speed and strength programs for WSU's 13 sports programs.

Jenkins spent seven years (1998-2005) with Marshall University as the head strength and conditioning coach. In addition to his duties with the football team, Jenkins oversaw the strength training and conditioning workouts of volleyball, track and field and baseball. He is certified with the CSCC, and has a level one certification with United States Weight Lifting Federation.

A native of Bryan, Texas, Jenkins received his bachelor's degree in secondary education in 1990 from Texas A&M and earn his master's degree in kinesiology in 1992, also from Texas A&M.

He has two children, Jordyn Nikole and Brandon Michael.

Graduate Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Larry O. Finch Center Weight Room

Richard Hogans
Director of Performance Enhancement

Richard Hogans joined the strength and conditioning staff at the University of Memphis in September of 2004. He oversees the strength and conditioning program for a Tiger basketball team that has taken fans on magical March and April rides over the past seasons.

A native of Columbus, Ga., Hogans first came to Memphis as a member of the Tiger football squad. He was a four-year letterman from 1993-1996, earning Freshman All-America second team honors in 1993 from The Sporting News. He capped his career with 307 total tackles, 24 TFLs and eight quarterback sacks. The 6-foot-2 linebacker was a 1996 All-Conference USA first team pick, after being named to the league's second team in 1995. The 1996 Butkus Award candidate served as a team captain that season and led the squad with 128 total hits. For his performance in 1996, Hogans was named the team's Defensive Player of the Year. He then graduated from Memphis' Fogelman College of Business with a degree in Management Information Systems

Following his collegiate career at Memphis, Hogans was selected by the Chicago Bears in the sixth round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He stayed with the Bears organization from 1997-98, but was sidelined his rookie season with an ACL tear. From 1998 through 2000, Hogans was with the San Diego Chargers and also played with the Rhein Fire and Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe. In 2000, Hogans led NFL Europe in total tackles and was selected to the NFL Europe All-Defensive Team.

Hogans played with the XFL's Memphis Maniax in 2000-01 and served as the team's captain. In March of 2001, Hogans was acquired by the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars, but shortly after, had to retire from professional football with an eye injury.

He returned to the Memphis area following his football retirement, working as a member of the Memphis Xplorers staff in 2002 as an offensive and defensive line coach and a strength and conditioning coach.

He left the Xplorers to become a personal trainer, working as a personal trainer and fitness director and owning the NEXGEN Personal Training Services, Inc. He also served as the Fitness Director/Director of Sports Specific Training at the DeSoto Athletic Club in Southaven, Miss.

He is certified by the National Strength Coaches Association (NSCA) and International Sports Sciences of America.

Hogans and his wife, Wendy, have three children -- two sons, Dylan and R.J., and a daughter, Olivia.

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