COLUMBIA, Mo. – University of Missouri Head Football Coach Barry Odom has recruited Rohrk Cutchlow (pronounced ROAR-k) to join his new staff at Mizzou in the vital role of Director of Athletic Performance, as announced today. In his new position, Cutchlow will oversee all aspects of the Mizzou Football strength and conditioning program. His start date in January is to be determined.
Cutchlow is a 17-year veteran of the athletic performance industry, and he’s regarded as one of the top coaches in the trade. For the past 12 years, he’s directed athletic performance for football programs, including the last four at his alma mater Memphis, where he’s played a big role in Memphis developing into one of the top programs in the American Conference. The Tigers won the AAC and finished 10-3 overall in 2014, and followed up with another strong 9-4 season in 2015, spending much of the season ranked in the top-25. During his time with Memphis, Cutchlow aided in the development of Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch, a Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award finalist and projected first-round NFL draft pick.
“I’m very excited to have Rohrk be part of our program at Mizzou,” said Odom. “He’s a guy who is highly sought after and has had several other opportunities. He made a big impression on me in my time at Memphis, so our relationship goes back through a rebuilding project there that allowed his influence to make a huge difference in our program. He’s very well-respected nationally, and he instills great toughness and leadership with his teams. Rohrk will be a great asset to our coaching staff, in the way that he touches our players every day, as well as the results he will get. He will be very challenging and demanding of our players, but they will respond and appreciate his approach and his ability to get them into the best physical and mental condition that they can be,” he said.
“I’m excited to have the opportunity to join the Mizzou family,” Cutchlow said. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Barry Odom and believe strongly in his vision for the Mizzou Football program. I also feel very fortunate to work for a prestigious institution like the University of Missouri and to be entrusted with the responsibility of directing the strength and conditioning programs for our football student-athletes. I can’t wait to get to Columbia and get started,” he said.
Prior to Memphis, Cutchlow served the 2011 football season as the director of strength and conditioning at Tulsa, where he oversaw a program that won eight games and played in the Armed Forces Bowl. Before that, Cutchlow directed football strength and conditioning at Illinois State for seven seasons (Nov. 2003-Feb. 2011). He served as the Redbirds’ strength and conditioning coordinator his first three football seasons (2004-06), before being promoted to assistant athletic director for sports performance (July 2007). During his career, Cutchlow has worked with over 25 players who have gone on to sign NFL contracts, multiple Big 12 Championship teams, 15 All-Americans and an Olympic Gold Medalist. He was one of five finalists for the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2006.
From 2001-03, Cutchlow was the head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at Iowa State, where he directed programs for 17 sports, including men’s basketball and wrestling. In 2001, Cutchlow earned his master’s degree in higher education administration from Iowa State.
A native of Littleport, Iowa, Cutchlow attended and played baseball at Memphis, where he was a three-year letter winner and a two-year starter at catcher for the Tigers from 1996-98. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in education, with an emphasis on exercise and sports science. He then pursued a professional baseball career, where he started at catcher for two years, one each for the Dubois County Dragons (1998) and the Evansville Otters (1999) of the Frontier League. He later would go on to serve two seasons (2002-03) as the strength and conditioning coach for the Chicago Cubs Triple-A affiliate, the Iowa Cubs.
A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the NSCA, Cutchlow holds additional Level 1 certification from USA Weightlifting and Functional Movement Systems (FMS). He is also a member of the National Association for Coaching Equity and Development.
Cutchlow, 41, and Cecilia Olivares have two children, daughter Memphis and son Grayson.
Rohrk Cutchlow File
July 2013-Dec. 2015 Memphis – Director of Athletic Performance
May 2012-June 2013 Memphis – Director of Football Strength and Conditioning
Feb. 2011-April 2012 Tulsa – Director of Strength and Conditioning
July 2007-Feb. 2011 Illinois State – Assistant Athletics Director/Sports Performance
Nov. 2003-June 2007 Illinois State – Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
April 2002-Sept. 2003 Iowa Cubs Baseball Club – Volunteer Strength and Conditioning Coach
Jan. 2001-Nov. 2003 Iowa State – Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Olympic Sports
Aug. 1999-Dec. 2000 Iowa State – Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach
Aug. 1998-Feb. 1999 Memphis – Volunteer Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coach
April-August 1999 Evansville (Class A) – Baseball (Catcher)
May-August 1998 Dubois County (Class A) – Baseball (Catcher)
1996-98 Memphis – Baseball (Catcher)
Memphis – Education/Exercise and Sports Science (Bachelor’s)
Iowa State – Educational Leadership and Policy Education (Master’s)