Myslinski Named Strength Coach

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. --- North Carolina has hired Tom Myslinski as its head strength and conditioning coach for football. Myslinski (MISH-lin-ski) comes to Chapel Hill after a year at the University of Memphis and five years with the Cleveland Browns.

A native of Rome, N.Y., Myslinski earned all-conference honors at Tennessee, played nine seasons in the NFL and has worked as a strength and conditioning coach at Memphis, Pittsburgh, Robert Morris and professionally with the Cleveland Browns.

"Tom has a phenomenal background with his experience as a player and strength coach at the college and professional level," said Davis. "In addition to his background in football strength and conditioning, he was also an outstanding track athlete, which will benefit our team."

"It's an honor to be in Chapel Hill to serve the University's student-athletes and compete for a championship," said Myslinski.

Most recently, Myslinski spent one season at Memphis where he was responsible for planning and designing the interior of the new $3 million, 13,000 square foot weight room. He was instrumental in maintaining a 92 percent start rate throughout the season.

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, when Davis was the team's head coach. Myslinski also worked for the Browns on a part-time basis in 2003.

An offensive lineman at Tennessee, Myslinski earned eight varsity letters in Knoxville in football and track and field. He was a first-team All-Southeastern Conference and honorable-mention All-America selection in 1991. He started at guard for two consecutive SECchampionship teams (1989, 1990). He was also a member of the Volunteers' 1991 NCAA Champion track and field team. Myslinski earned a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology in 1992 and was a two-time Academic All-SEC member. He later earned his master's degree from Pittsburgh in exercise physiology.

Myslinski had a nine-year NFL playing career, 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 severed 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 at the volunteer 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 also has 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 coached 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 band in addition to weights.

Myslinski is registered and certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has served on the organization's Coaching Performance Committee and Human Performance Center Committee. Myslinski and his wife, Amy, have three children, Thomas, Emily and Michael.

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