LUKE GROTH | Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations
Luke Groth begins his first season as Assistant Athletic Director for Football Operations.
Groth comes to Buffalo from the University of South Dakota where he served as the Director of Football Operations since 2012. He was responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Coyotes' football program, including team travel, budget oversight, future scheduling, coordination of team meals and meetings, football even management and social media.
Groth worked with Leipold at Wisconsin-Whitewater as Director of Football Operations and assistant to the Athletic Director from 2010-11. The Warhawks won national titles both years.
Prior to his time at UWW, Groth was a graduate assistant and director of football operations at Minnesota State from 2009-10. He has also served as a football operations intern for the Minnesota Vikings and a ticket sales intern for the Kansas City Chiefs.
A native of Lawton, IA, Groth was a three-year letterwinner as an offensive lineman at South Dakota. He graduated from USD with a degree in business administration in 2008 and earned a master's degree in sports management from Minnesota State in 2010.
RYAN CIDZIK | Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football
Ryan Cidzik was named the head strength and conditioning coach for football in January, 2016. He brings over 13 years of experience at both the collegiate and NFL levels.
Cidzik is one of the leading coaches on the topic of concussion prevention for football players. He has spoken at numerous conferences and published articles on his system of neck testing and training methods for contact sport athletes.
Cidzik comes to Buffalo from Stanford where he served as a football sports performance coach for the past two seasons. He was the top assistant for all aspects of the football sports performance program, while overseeing the development of all offensive and defensive linemen including 2015 Outland and Morris Trophy winner Joshua Garnett.
Prior to Stanford, Cidzik spent two years as the director of strength and conditioning for football and outdoor sports at Columbia. In his two seasons at Columbia, the Lions had the lowest concussion rate in the Ivy League, dropping from 19 concussions the year before to five.
Cidzik spent the 2010 and 2011 seasons at the University of Memphis. He was the head football strength and condition coach in 2011 after serving as the assistant director in 2010. He supervised the training of 2011 NFL first-round draft pick and future Pro Bowl performer Dontari Poe.
A native of Rome, NY, Cidzik also brings NFL experience to the UB football program. He was the assistant strength and conditioning coach for the New York Jets in 2009 and held the same position for the Cleveland Browns in 2008. He spent three seasons as the strength and conditioning coordinator for NFL Europe.
Cidzik also coached at Northwestern State (2006-07) and Louisiana Tech (2003-05).
An accomplished weightlifter, Cidzik is a former world record holder in the squat. He has held powerlifting records in five different states and was a two-time national champion at the 220 lb. weight class.
Cidzik holds a bachelor of arts degree from Susquehanna University where he was a four-year letterwinner for the football team. He earned a master's degree in exercise science from Louisiana Tech.
He and his wife, Aimee, have a son, Steele, and a daughter, Sibley.
GREG MEYER| Director of Player Development