Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Eagles name Merlino assistant strength coach

The Philadelphia Eagles today announced they have named Jay Merlino as the team’s assistant strength and conditioning coach. Merlino replaces Bob Rogucki, who was named head strength and conditioning coach of the Baltimore Ravens earlier this week.

A native of Newark, DE, Merlino has served as a strength and conditioning assistant with the Eagles since 2005. From 2003-04, he worked part-time with the Eagles strength and conditioning staff after spending the 2002 season as an intern.

The 34-year-old Merlino is a certified strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He earned an associate’s degree in exercise science from Delaware Tech in 2002, a bachelor’s degree in exercise science, concentrating in exercise physiology, from the University of Delaware in 2003, and a master’s degree in health promotion from Delaware in 2006.

From 2001-02, Merlino worked as a strength and conditioning assistant at the University of Delaware and managed a fitness center in Delaware from 2000-02. He served as an adjunct faculty member for the exercise science department from 2003-08 at Delaware Tech, where he still sits on that department’s advisory board.
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