Irish Connection profiles an in-season strength and conditioning workout for the Notre Dame hockey team.
Tony Rolinski, a member of the University of Notre Dame strength and conditioning staff since 1998, was named director of strength and conditioning for Olympic Sports on July 1, 2010. The 2014-15 season marks his 12th season working with the Notre Dame hockey team.
His position is part of Notre Dame's sports performance program, an initiative that began at the start of the 2009-10 school year.
The sports performance program focuses on the areas of strength and conditioning, athletic training/rehabilitation, sports medicine, sports nutrition, sports psychology and equipment with the goal of assisting all athletic teams to achieve maximum athletic success.
Rolinski had served as the associate director the previous four years. He also spent five years as a strength and conditioning coordinator and three years as an
assistant strength coach. He continues to be responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Joyce Center and Compton Family Ice Arena weight facilities and the supervision of the Olympic sports strength and conditioning staff.
He joined the Notre Dame strength and conditioning staff following a one-year stint as the head strength and conditioning coach at Duquesne University during the 1997-98 school year when he implemented and oversaw programs for 20 varsity sports.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Rolinski received his bachelor's degree in health education with a minor in exercise science from Penn State in 1991.
From 1994-96, while earning his master's degree in exercise physiology at the University of Pittsburgh, he served as an intern on the Panther football staff where he assisted with all aspects of the strength and conditioning program.
Following his stint at Pittsburgh, Rolinski was the head strength and conditioning coach at North Hills High School in Pittsburgh (1996-97).
Rolinski also has earned certifications from the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (SCCC) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS).
He was honored at the hockey team's 2014 postseason awards program, as he received the team's Honorary Alumni Award.
Rolinski and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Allie and Jaclyn, and two sons, Jake and Jared.