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UB football names new strength coach

The University at Buffalo football team has hired Ryan Cidzik as new head strength and conditioning coach.  Cidzik comes to UB from Stanford University, where he served as football sports performance coach the past two seasons.

Cidzik has extensive expertise in the area of concussion prevention for football players. He has spoken at numerous conferences and published articles on his system of neck testing and training methods for contact sport athletes.

"We are excited to have Ryan join our staff," head coach Lance Leipold said. "He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience from the collegiate and professional football ranks and his extensive training in injury prevention will greatly benefit our student-athletes."

Cidzik takes over for West Seneca native Greg Pyszczynski, who two weeks ago was named assistant strength coach at Iowa State.

Cidzik is a Rome, N.Y., native. Prior to his Stanford tenure, Cidzik spent two years as the director of strength and conditioning for football and outdoor sports at Columbia. Cidzik spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at the University of Memphis. He worked on Rex Ryan's staff with the New York Jets in 2009 as assistant strength and conditioning coach. In 2008 he held the same post with the Cleveland Browns. He also spent three seasons as the strength and conditioning coordinator for NFL Europe.

An accomplished weightlifter, Cidzik is a former world record holder in the squat. He has held powerlifting records in five different states and was a two-time national champion at the 220-pound weight class.

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