Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Phil Matusz is in his third season with the Ohio State football program after initially joining the program’s strength and conditioning staff as an assistant coach in February 2014. He came to Ohio State from the Main Line in Philadelphia, home of the Villanova Wildcats, where he had served the 2012 and 2013 seasons as head football strength and conditioning coach.
Matusz had two stints at Villanova, the first coming immediately after his graduation in 2010 when he was an intern in the strength and conditioning program and the second beginning in 2011 after he returned to be the Olympic sports strength and conditioning coach. He was quickly promoted just a year later to work with the football program. In between his time at Villanova, Matusz was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at North Carolina A&T.
A native of Greenville, Pa., Matusz’s programs at Villanova covered all aspects of performance, including strength training, speed, agility, conditioning, flexibility, mobility, soft tissue work and nutrition. In addition to working with the football program, he also designed programs for men's and women's lacrosse, baseball, softball, volleyball and women's soccer.
A standout on the football field, Matusz was a three-year starter on the defensive line for the Wildcats and the team captain of Villanova’s 2009 FCS National Championship team. For his efforts in 2009, Matusz was a CSN honorable mention All-American and a second-team All-CAA honoree. In his five years with the program (2005-09), Villanova posted a 41-19 record, including a 24-4 mark in his final two seasons.
Matusz is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He also is a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) through the National Academy of Sports Medicine and Level 1 Sports Performance Coach (USAW).
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