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Rick Franzblau

Director of Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning

Franzblau is in his fourth year as the Director of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning. He is responsible for the supervision of the assistant strength coaches, graduate assistants and volunteer interns. Franzblau oversees the strength and conditioning for all 14 of the Olympic Sports that train in the Jervey weightroom. He is directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts of the baseball, men’s soccer and track and field teams. Prior to becoming an assistant coach, Franzblau worked as a graduate assistant at Clemson where he worked with football and Olympic sports.

During his time at Clemson, Franzblau has worked with 10 ACC champion track and field squads. He has also worked with 8 individual NCAA champions, and 7 olympians in track and field. In 2013, he worked with Brianna Rollins, who set the American record in the 100 meter hurdles. In 2015, Franzblau worked with Matthew Crownover, the ACC pitcher of the year, who was also one of 4 Clemson baseball players drafted in the first 6 rounds of the MLB draft. Franzblau also worked with golfers Ben Martin and Corbin Mills, who participated in the prestigious Masters tournament while still competing at Clemson. In 2014, Franzblau also assisted with ACC champion men’s soccer team.

Franzblau graduated from Colgate University in 2006 with a degree in history. At Colgate, Franzblau spent 3 years as a student assistant strength coach after his football career was cut short due to injuries. He is a certified strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA and also holds the SCCC certification through the CSCCA organization. Franzblau has also taken the Myokinematic Restoration, Postural Respiration and Impingement and Instability courses through the Postural Restoration Institute.

 

Ryan Metzger

Sr. Assistant of Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning

Metzger enters her first year as the Senior Assistant of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning after previously serving as an Assistant Sports Performance Coach at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Metzger is directly responsible for the strength and conditioning efforts of softball and women’s soccer as well as having direct oversight of all volunteer interns.

During her time at VCU, Metzger was directly responsible for field hockey, women’s lacrosse, cross country and track and field; she was also the intern director for Olympic sports. While at VCU, the Rams track and field team captured 5 conference championships.

Prior to VCU, Metzger served as a Graduate Assistant at the University of Kentucky. Metzger worked with several programs including Football, Women’s Basketball, Volleyball and Women’s Soccer. Metzger also earned her Master’s in Exercise Physiology while at Kentucky.

Metzger, who was a gymnast at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, earned her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with a minor in Strength and Conditioning in 2011. In addition, she served as an intern strength and conditioning coach working primarily with Football.

Metzger has continued to stay competitive in athletics and currently competes in Olympic Weightlifting. She has competed in multiple National events and managed to earn a handful of National medals, most recently finishing 2nd in the snatch and 3rd in total at the 2018 American Open Finals. She competes in the 55kg class and frequently ranks among the top 10 in the Nation for that weight class.

Metzger currently holds SCCC and CSCS certifications through the CSCCa and NSCA. She is also a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach through USAW and is FMS Level 1 certified, FCS certified as well as being First Aid/CPR/AED certified.

 

Tommy Evans

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Evans is in this third year as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. He is directly responsible for the Men’s and Women’s Golf and Men’s and Women’s Tennis teams, as well as many of the sports science initiatives for all the Olympic Sports programs.

Prior to Clemson, Evans was a Graduate Assistant at Kennesaw State University with the Exercise Science Department while working with the Olympic Sports Sport Performance staff. He has a Masters in Applied Health and Exercise Science from Kennesaw and a Masters in Athletic Leadership from Clemson in addition to completing his undergraduate degree from Clemson, where he played Rugby.

 

Tyler Wibbenmeyer

Graduate Assistant

Wibbenmeyer is entering his first year as a Graduate Assistant of Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning. The previous year was spent as an intern within Clemson’s Olympic Sport Strength and Conditioning program under director Rick Franzblau.

Prior to becoming a Graduate Assistant at Clemson, Wibbenmeyer interned at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale under the direction of Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, Meade Smith, for the 2017 spring football period.

Wibbenmeyer, a former safety for the Southern Illinois University at Carbondale football team, graduated in 2018 with a degree in Exercise Science. Wibbenmeyer is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA.

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