Tom Myslinski is entering his fifth season with the Jaguars after being named head of strength and conditioning on January 27, 2012. Myslinski played nine seasons as an offensive lineman in the NFL, including as a guard on the Jaguars’ 1995 inaugural team, and spent three seasons as strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns.
Myslinski spent two seasons on the collegiate level, serving as strength and conditioning coach for football at North Carolina in 2011 and Memphis in 2010. He was responsible for planning and designing the interior of a $3 million, 13,000-square-foot weight room at Memphis. Myslinski was instrumental in maintaining a 92 and 88 percent start rate throughout the last two seasons.
A native of Rome, N.Y., Myslinski previously served three seasons (2007-09) with the Browns as the head strength and conditioning coach. He was the club’s assistant strength and conditioning coach in 2004 and also worked for the Browns on a part-time basis in 2003. He spent two seasons (2005-06) as head strength and conditioning coach at Robert Morris.
A fourth-round draft pick of Dallas in 1992, Myslinski played in 60 games with 25 starts including stints with Washington (1992), Buffalo (1993), 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, working primarily with offensive and defensive linemen. Prior to his stint at Pittsburgh, he spent 1996 as 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.
Myslinski developed and patented the “Tunch Punch Ladder” hand agility pad and has trained 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 is registered and certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and serves as an adviser on the organization’s Coaching Performance Committee. In addition, he is a member of the 2016 Gatorade NFL Advisory Board.
Myslinski earned all-conference honors at the University of Tennessee and earned eight varsity letters including four in football and four in in track and field. He started at guard for back-to-back SEC championship teams (1989-90) and was also a member of the Volunteers’ 1991 NCAA Champion track and field team. He 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 the University of Pittsburgh in exercise physiology. Myslinski and his wife, Amy, have three children: Thomas, Emily and Michael.
COACHING BACKGROUND: Cleveland Browns 2003-04, 2007-09, Robert Morris 2005-06, Memphis 2010, North Carolina 2011, Jacksonville Jaguars 2012-16.