Mike Szerszen (SIR-shin) joined the University of Cincinnati staff in January of 2010 and was promoted to his current role of Director of Football Strength & Conditioning following the 2011 season.
He joined the Bearcats staff after three years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan University.
Szerszen, a 10-year veteran of the coaching ranks, served under UC's Asst. AD/Sports Performance, Dave Lawson, at EMU for four years prior to assuming the head strength and conditioning job in April of 2007.
At EMU, Szerszen oversaw the strength and conditioning efforts for all 21 varsity sports while working closely with the football team.
Before joining the EMU staff, Szerszen was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the United States Military Academy (Army) the previous year.
The 31-year-old Szerszen earned his undergraduate degree in sports medicine in 2001 from the University of Charleston (W.Va.).
He was a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia University from May 2000 to May 2001 before earning his master's degree in athletic coaching education in August 2002.
While working on his master's, Szerszen, a native of Wheeling, W.Va., was a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at WVU from May 2001 to July 2002.
Szerszen then moved on to Army in July 2002, as an assistant strength and conditioning coach where he supervised and oversaw the operation of a 6,000-square foot weight room.