The Dallas Cowboys named Mike Woicik the team’s strength and conditioning coordinator for the 2011 season. Woicik, now in his second tour with Dallas, served as the club’s strength and conditioning coach from 1990-96. Since his first stint with the Cowboys, Woicik headed up the strength and conditioning program for the New Orleans Saints (1997-99) followed by the New England Patriots (2000-10). Woicik now boasts 36 years of strength and conditioning experience, including 26 years in the NFL.
The 2015 season saw a rash of injuries, including to two of the team’s top players in Tony Romo (IR-collarbone) and Dez Bryant (foot), but Woicik and his staff were able to assist with the return of Bryant to the field following a five-game absence. Woicik’s program also continued to increase the stamina, strength and speed of the entire team throughout the season.
The team’s work showed through the strength and conditioning program headed by Woicik in 2014 with their display of stamina throughout games, particularly on offense where Dallas led the league in time of possession with a season average of 32:26. Woicik and his staff were also responsible with assisting in the return of injured players from the previous season, while also continuing to help players who suffered injuries during the 2014 season to return to the field as quick as possible.
In 2013 Woicik’s strength and conditioning program helped reduce the number of season-ending injuries and games missed from the previous season. The program also helped to keep the team fresh in the second half of the season, as the Cowboys finished with the highest yards-per-carry average (5.3) in the NFL and the second-most scrimmage yards-per-attempt (8.4) in games 8-16.
In 2012 Woicik was able to implement his offseason strength and conditioning program with the aim of helping rookies adjust to the rigors of the NFL while working to improve and lengthen playing careers for veterans.
In his first year back with Dallas, Woicik and the strength staff were faced with getting players ready for the season during training camp without having an offseason of preparation due to the lockout.
Woicik also brings championship experience with him as he has claimed six Super Bowl Championships in his 25 NFL seasons - three with Dallas and three with New England. Woicik’s six Super Bowl rings are more than any player or head coach has earned in NFL history. He has been named to the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society’s Coach of the Year Award four times (1992, 2004, 2010 and 2014). As a testament to the success of his strength and conditioning programs, from November through the end of the season, Woicik’s teams have posted a 168-91 (.649) record - including playoffs.
Woicik was named the Patriots strength and conditioning coach on Feb. 16, 2000 and initiated programs that have contributed to the success of three Patriot Super Bowl teams. Under Woicik, the Patriots were able to sustain lengthy winning streaks during his tenure, compiling an NFL-record 21-game winning streak from 2003-04. In 2007 the Patriots became the first team in the NFL to win 18 consecutive games in a season.
Prior to New England, Woicik spent three seasons under head coach Mike Ditka with the Saints.
Woicik began his NFL coaching career in 1990 with the Cowboys and was voted the NFL’s Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 1992. In seven seasons with Dallas, the Cowboys claimed 12 playoff wins, three Super Bowl Championships and garnered a 39-19 (.672) record through the second half of the season.
Woicik spent 10 years (1980-89) as the strength and conditioning coach at Syracuse University.
In his first coaching job, Woicik was the graduate assistant at Springfield, Mass., College (1978-80) where he assisted with track and field as well as the weight room. As a member of his collegiate track and field team at Boston College, Woicik set a then school record with a discus throw of 180 feet, five inches, earned All-East honors and qualified for the NCAA championships. He also competed in the shot put and hammer throw.
Woicik was a standout in football and track at Westwood High School. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in history from Boston College and Master’s in physical education from Springfield.