The New York Jets have announced the hiring of assistant strength and conditioning coaches Ryan Cidzik and Kyle Thorne. The club also has announced it has retained Mike Bloomgren as offensive assistant. The announcements were made by head coach Rex Ryan.
Cidzik and Thome will work under head strength and conditioning coach Sal Alosi.
Cidzik most recently served as assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Cleveland Browns last season. Prior to Cleveland, he served as the director of sports performance at Northwestern State (La.) University (2006-07), assistant strength and conditioning coach for Louisiana Tech (2004-06) and volunteer assistant for the University of Richmond (2003). He also was the primary strength and conditioning consultant for NFL Europe in 2004 before being appointed as the league's first strength and conditioning coordinator.
Cidzik graduated in 2001 from Susquehanna University, where he played fullback, and he earned his master's degree from Louisiana Tech in 2005.
Thorne most recently served as the head strength and conditioning coach with Everton FC, a Premier League soccer club based in Liverpool, England, after working as a sports performance coach at Athletes' Performance in Los Angeles (2006-07) and as a strength and conditioning intern with the San Diego Chargers (2006).
Thorne was a linebacker at Hofstra University (2000-01) before graduating in 2002. He spent two seasons in the Indoor Football League — 2004 with the Hawaiian Islanders, 2005 with the Billings Outlaws — before earning his master's degree at Azusa Pacific University in 2006.
Bloomgren joined the Jets as an offensive quality control coach in 2007. Before that, he served as offensive coordinator at Delta State University in Mississippi, where his Statesmen passed for more than 7,500 yards in two seasons and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2006.