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STRENGTH & CONDITIONING STAFF

RUDY WADE | DIRECTOR OF STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

Rudy Wade is in his third season as Director of Strength and Conditioning at Iowa State. Wade held the similar position at Toledo from 2011-15.

Wade’s efforts on a daily basis has helped the Cyclones improve physically on every level. ISU players have made considerable strides in strength and conditioning since Wade took over as director.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5), wins vs. conference opponents (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

The Rockets played in four bowl games and tallied three nine-win seasons and one 10-win campaign in his five seasons at UT.

Wade, a 2001 graduate of Ball State, previously was the strength and conditioning coach at UW-Green Bay from 2004-10. He coordinated the strength and conditioning programs for all 16 Phoenix sports.

A native of Indianapolis, Ind., Wade also spent one season as an assistant strength coach at Marquette, one year as an intern at Notre Dame and two years as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green, where he earned his master’s degree in education.

Wade and his wife Julie have three children, Connor, Myla and Layton.

 

REID KAGY | ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH
 

Reid Kagy is in his third season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5), wins vs. conference opponents (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

A native of Bloomville, Ohio, Kagy previously worked at Cincinnati where he spent one season as a graduate assistant before being named an assistant of strength and conditioning for Bearcat football in 2014.

He was also a strength and conditioning intern at Toledo (2013) and UAB (2012) prior to his arrival at Cincinnati.

Kagy is a 2012 graduate of Ohio State. He transferred to Ohio State after playing football at Mount Union for two seasons (2007 and 2008).  He was a member of Mount Union’s 2008 Division III national championship team.

Kagy and his wife, Karlyn, have a daughter, Kennedy.

 

CHRIS FENELON | ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Chris Fenelon is in his third season at Iowa State as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5), wins vs. conference opponents (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

A native of Bellerose, N.Y., Fenelon was a strength and conditioning intern with the New York Jets for two seasons prior to his arrival in Ames.

Fenelon is a 2013 graduate of Stony Brook where he lettered three seasons in football. He caught 15 passes for 205 yards and a TD in his career with the Seawolves.

Fenelon was an all-Queens selection and team MVP at St. Francis Prep.

 

GREG PYSZCZYNSKI | ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

Greg Pyszczynski (pronounced puh-ZIN-skee) is in his third season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Iowa State.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5), wins vs. conference opponents (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

A native of West Seneca, N.Y., Pyszczynski was the head strength and conditioning coach at Buffalo for two seasons (2014-15), helping develop a slew of athletes under head coach Lance Leipold.

In his stint at Buffalo, Pyszczynski helped mentor and train two of the most prolific offensive players in school history in quarterback Joe Licata and running back Anthone Taylor. Licata threw for 2,969 yards in 2015, the second-best single season total in UB history. Taylor rushed for 1,403 yards in 2014, ranking second in school history.

In 2013, Pyszczynski was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at Illinois after serving on the strength and conditioning staff at Eastern Michigan from (2019-12). After beginning his tenure as an unpaid intern at EMU, Pyszczynski was elevated to associate head strength and conditioning coach for his final season in 2012.

Pyszczynski was also a graduate assistant at Utica (N.Y.) College in 2008-09, assisting with its strength and conditioning programs for football, men’s lacrosse, women’s ice hockey and field hockey.

Pyszczynski is a 2007 graduate of St. John Fisher (N.Y.) College where he was an all-conference defensive lineman.

 

GEORGE COURIDES | ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

George Courides is in his first season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Cyclone football.

ISU’s 2017 season was one of the best in the history of the program. The Cyclones compiled an 8-5 record, the second-most wins in school history, and scored a victory in the 2017 Liberty Bowl over Memphis, only the fourth bowl win in the history of the program.

Iowa State also broke its school record for wins over ranked opponents (3), victories on the road (5), wins vs. conference opponents (5) and appeared in the AP national rankings for the first time in 12 years.

Prior to his arrival in Ames, Courides was a full-time intern for the New York Jets strength and conditioning staff in 2016. He assisted with the Jets player nutritional needs, program design and implementation and individual weight training regiments.

He also worked with the Jets as an intern in 2015.

A native of Collegeville, Pa., Courides also served as the head strength and conditioning coach at Phoenixville Area High School (Pa.) in 2015 and was a graduate assistant for the East Stroudsburg University strength staff in 2014.

Courides, who is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), earned both his bachelor’s degree (2008) and master’s degree (2015) at East Stroudsburg State.

He was a member of the rugby team at ESU, helping the team win the 2007 Eastern Pennsylvania Rugby Union (EPRU) title.

Courides and his wife, Chloe, have a daughter, Harper.