NEW YORK - Ryan Cidzik, Columbia’s Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football and Outdoor Sports since July 2012 has taken a position with Stanford Sports Performance at Stanford University.

Stanford Sports Performance’s multidisciplinary approach to strength and conditioning and championship performance is widely considered one of the most advanced and innovative in collegiate sports.  

Cidzik will join Stanford’s Sports Performance staff to work with football.

“I have had to make several career moves over the years, and the decision to accept a Sports Performance Coach position with Stanford University Football was most definitely a difficult one,” Cidzik said.  “I will be working directly under the Director of Football Sports Performance, Coach Shannon Turley.  Coach Turley, the 2013 NSCA Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, is one of the most innovative and highly respected strength and conditioning coaches at any level.  It will be a privilege to work under someone with his knowledge and passion for athletic success.”

 “I would like to thank Dr. M. Dianne Murphy for entrusting me with the responsibility as Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football and Outdoor Sports at Columbia University.  Columbia is an amazing place with incredible potential for athletic success in the Ivy League,” Cidzik said. “This is the first University I’ve worked at that is truly run like a professional organization.  Everyone employed at The Campbell Sports Center are first class individuals and that is a testament to Dr. Murphy and her leadership of Columbia University Athletics.

"I would also like to thank all of the amazing coaches I had the privilege of working with, specifically Head Football Coach Pete Mangurian and his staff.  I have been around some of the best football coaches in the world and Coach Mangurian is second to none.  I respect Coach Mangurian immensely and firmly believe in his vision of success for Columbia Football.   I have told every single person I have come in contact with, since taking the job two years ago, that I will never work for a better head coach.  Not only is he a tremendous football coach, but he was also incredibly supportive of everything we did as a strength and conditioning staff.”

“We knew when we hired Ryan (Cidzik) that he was a top-of-the-line strength and conditioning coach.  He understood our mission on all levels.  We are in a much better place now than we were two years ago and that has much to do with Ryan’s work,” said Patricia and Shepard Alexander Head Coach of Football Pete Mangurian. “When you hire great coaches, great programs want to hire them also.  Ryan’s a great coach.  Change is part of football. We will miss him, but we wish him the best.”

“Ryan is a fantastic strength and conditioning coach,” Dr. Murphy said. “Ryan has done a wonderful job with our sports programs, particularly football.  We are sad to see him go, but we wish him the best as he moves on to another chapter in his career.”

A national search for a new Director of Strength and Conditioning for Football and Outdoor Sports will begin immediately.

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