Strength & Conditioning Staff

 

GREG PYSZCZYNSKI | ASSISTANT STRENGTH & CONDITIONING COACH

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

Iowa State recorded one of its best seasons in school history in 2018, as the Cyclones went 8-5, broke the school record for conference wins in a season (six), posted their best conference finish in 40 years (T3rd) and made the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The 2017 season got Iowa State on the national map. 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 in 2017. 

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 second season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Cyclone football.

Iowa State recorded one of its best seasons in school history in 2018, as the Cyclones went 8-5, broke the school record for conference wins in a season (six), posted their best conference finish in 40 years (T3rd) and made the Valero Alamo Bowl.

The 2017 season got Iowa State on the national map. 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 in 2017. 

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.

 

DAVE ANDREWS | DIRECTOR OF STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING

Dave Andrews, one of the most revered football strength and conditioning coaches in the nation, is in his first season as Director of Football Strength and Conditioning.

Andrews spent the last five years as the head strength and conditioning football coach at Pittsburgh. His leadership in the weight room was a crucial factor in the Panthers’ rise in the ACC. Pitt played in four bowl games in his five seasons and the Panthers achieved the third-winningest conference record among the 14 ACC football schools during his five-year tenure.

The Panthers are coming off an 8-5 season and a victory over Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl in 2019.

In 2018, the Panthers won the ACC Coastal Division championship. Andrews had his players in prime physical condition, helping the team record four second-half come-from-behind victories.

Pitt players bought into Andrews’ training regimens, and during the offseason, a large group of former Panthers in the NFL trained under his guidance, including two-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald.

Andrews’ strong resume consists of 16 years of experience developing football players as a sports performance specialist. He also worked at Notre Dame (2014), Illinois (2012-13) and Cincinnati (2005-11).

Andrews graduated from Ohio State in 2004 and was a member of the Buckeyes’ 2002 National Championship squad as a tight end. He also owns a master’s degree from Cincinnati.

Andrews is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) and USA Weightlifting (USAW) as a level one sports performance coach.

 

TREVER RYAN | ASSISTANT FOOTBALL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

Trever Ryen is in his first season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Iowa State football.

One of the greatest walk-on success stories in Iowa State football history, Ryen was an assistant strength and conditioning coach for Pittsburgh football in 2019, helping the Panthers finish 8-5 and claim a victory over Eastern Michigan in the Quick Lane Bowl.

After graduating from Iowa State in 2017, Ryen worked briefly for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football (AAF) and was a strength and conditioning intern at Bowling Green in 2018.

Ryen walked-on the Cyclone football program in 2014 and worked his way into one of the Big 12’s best punt returners and wide receivers when his career ended after the 2017 season.

As a sophomore in 2015, Ryen was one of eight players in FBS to record a touchdown by rush, catch and punt return. He was a First-Team All-Big 12 punt returner (ESPN) in his junior season in 2016, averaging 16.5 yards per return, the third-best average in school history, and led the Big 12 with six punt returns of 25 yards or longer. He was a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy for the nation’s best walk-on and was a member of the Paul Hornung Award watch list.

Ryen was an Honorable Mention All-Big 12 selection as a senior in 2017, ranking third in the Big 12 and 20th nationally in punt returns, and caught 47 passes for 469 yards. The Cyclones won eight games and closed out the season with a victory vs. Memphis in the Liberty Bowl.

Ryen, who was also a sprinter on the Iowa State track & field team, ended his Cyclone career with 102 receptions, 1,048 receiving yards and the fourth-best career punt return average (13.37) in school history.

Ryen has a wife, Bailie.

 

FREDDIE WALKER | ASST. DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING / APPLIED SPORT SCIENTIST

Freddie Walker is in his first season as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cyclone football program.

Walker worked five seasons (2015-19) as a member of the Pittsburgh strength and conditioning staff prior to his arrival in Ames. Walker, who was elevated to associate strength and conditioning coach in 2016, played a lead role in the physical development of the Panthers.

Walker was on the strength staff at Illinois from 2012-14 and was promoted to an associate coaching role in his final season in Champaign.

A native of Lansing, Mich., Walker was a graduate assistant strength coach at Michigan State in 2010-11, helping the Spartans win the Big Ten title in 2010.

Walker was a defensive back at Bowling Green, earning his bachelor’s degree in 2009. He received his master’s degree from Michigan State in 2012.

Walker is married to the former Susie Jean.

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