Head Strength & Conditioning Coach (Men's Basketball & Hockey)
Head strength and conditioning coach Tony Rolinski is a 22 year veteran member of the University of Notre Dame strength and conditioning staff. Rolinski is responsible for the development and implementation of the strength and conditioning programming for the men’s basketball and ice hockey teams as well as the day to day operation of the Compton Family Ice Arena strength and conditioning facility.
Rolinski served as the director of strength and conditioning from 2010-2016 before moving into his current role. His previous titles include; associate director (four years), coordinator of strength and conditioning (five years), and assistant strength and conditioning coach (three years). He joined the Fighting Irish strength and conditioning staff following time as the head strength and conditioning coach at Duquesne University during the 1997-98 school year, where he implemented and oversaw programs for 20 varsity sports.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pa., 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 Panthers 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 suburban Pittsburgh (1996-97).
In May of 2014, Rolinski received the highest honor given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession when he was named a Master Strength and Conditioning coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). He has also earned certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), FMS / SFMA, and the National Association of Speed and Explosion (NASE). Rolinski was recognized at the hockey team’s 2014 postseason awards program, as he received the team’s Honorary Alumni Award and rewarded with an honorary Notre Dame Monogram by the athletic department in September of 2016.
Born December 10, 1968, Rolinski and his wife, the former Julie Connolly, have two daughters, Allie and Jaclyn, and two sons, Jake and Jared.