John Eagleton

John Eagleton

Executive Director, Tennis

Harvey Newton

Harvey Newton

Executive Director, Weightlifting

Mark Strickland

Mark Strickland

Executive Director, Basketball

Roy Wegerle

Roy Wegerle

Executive Director, Soccer

Roberto Borgatti

Roberto Borgatti

Executive Director, Golf

Gylton Da Matta

Gylton Da Matta

Executive Director, Volleyball

Jeff Salzenstein

Jeff Salzenstein

Tennis Coach

Jane Forman

Jane Forman

Tennis Coach

Bill Patton

Bill Patton

Contributor

Lizl Kotz

Lizl Kotz

Contributor

Joy Macci

Joy Macci

Senior Contributor

Mark Kovacs

Mark Kovacs

Senior Contributor

Tim Hardaway

Tim Hardaway

Basketball Coach

Toccara Williams

Toccara Williams

Basketball Coach

Warren Pretorius

Warren Pretorius

Senior Contributor

Paul Lubbers

Paul Lubbers

Senior Contributor

Bridget Raach

Bridget Raach

Senior Contributor

Bob Takano

Bob Takano

Weightlifting Coach/Senior Contributor

Brian Derwin

Brian Derwin

Senior Contributor

Derrick Crass

Derrick Crass

Senior Contributor

TJ Greenstone

TJ Greenstone

Senior Contributor

Leo Totten

Leo Totten

Senior Contributor

Kerri Hanebrink Goodrich

Kerri Hanebrink Goodrich

Senior Contributor

Elisabeth Oehler

Elisabeth Oehler

Senior Contributor

Eric De Sousa

Eric De Sousa

Soccer Coach

Brian Galvin

Brian Galvin

Soccer Coach

Neil McKay

Neil McKay

Soccer Coach

Troy ‘Chopper’ Edwards

Troy ‘Chopper’ Edwards

Soccer Coach

Michael Araujo

Michael Araujo

Soccer Coach

Steve McCrath

Steve McCrath

Soccer Coach

Taylor Johnson

Taylor Johnson

Esports Performance Trainer

Katherine Aiken

Katherine Aiken

Senior Contributor

Roberley Leonaldo

Roberley Leonaldo

Senior Contributor

Ricardo Gomes Tabach

Ricardo Gomes Tabach

Senior Contributor

Connie R. Charles

Connie R. Charles

Senior Contributor

Sylvain Guimond

Sylvain Guimond

Senior Contributor

Javair Gillett

Javair Gillett

Senior Contributor

Gene Coleman

Gene Coleman

Senior Contributor

Ed Downs

Ed Downs

Senior Contributor

Frans Cronje

Frans Cronje

Senior Contributor

Cedric Carter

Cedric Carter

Basketball Coach

Forrest Conoly

Forrest Conoly

Senior Contributor

Wendi Weimar

Wendi Weimar

Senior Contributor

Daniel Teixeira

Daniel Teixeira

Senior Contributor

Craig O'Shannessy

Craig O'Shannessy

Senior Contributor

Jeff Bauer

Jeff Bauer

Senior Contributor

Olivier Bourquin

Olivier Bourquin

Senior Contributor

Vanessa Yingling

Vanessa Yingling

Senior Contributor

John Garhammer

John Garhammer

Senior Contributor

Trent Nessler

Trent Nessler

Senior Contributor

Ben Johnson

Ben Johnson

Senior Contributor

Deborah L. Stroman

Deborah L. Stroman

Senior Contributor

Jason Gilliam-Alexander

Jason Gilliam-Alexander

Senior Contributor

Cesar Castaneda

Cesar Castaneda

Tennis Coach

CJ Stewart

CJ Stewart

Senior Contributor

Alex Pama

Alex Pama

Senior Contributor

Deuce Larmond

Deuce Larmond

Senior Contributor

Carlos Teixeira

Carlos Teixeira

Tennis Coach

Claire Carter

Claire Carter

Senior Contributor

Greg Werner

Greg Werner

Senior Contributor

Joe Kenn

Joe Kenn

Senior Contributor

Summer Huntington

Summer Huntington

Senior Contributor

Mauricio Marques

Mauricio Marques

Senior Contributor

Aaron Burt

Aaron Burt

Senior Contributor

Kristen Dieffenbach

Kristen Dieffenbach

Senior Contributor

Cam Dailey

Cam Dailey

Senior Contributor

Marcus Lerbach

Marcus Lerbach

Senior Contributor

Iain Byrne

Iain Byrne

Senior Contributor

Rana Reider

Rana Reider

Senior Contributor

Tom Sutter

Tom Sutter

Senior Contributor

JJ Rivet

JJ Rivet

Senior Contributor

Mark Rush

Mark Rush

Senior Contributor

David Ramos

David Ramos

Senior Contributor

Mark Kovacs

MARK KOVACS

SENIOR CONTRIBUTOR

Dr. Kovacs is a sports executive, performance scientist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching elite athletes and high performing executives. His unique skillset has made him one of the worldwide leading experts in the area of optimizing human performance through the application of cutting edge, evidence-based information. He formerly directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA) and was a Fortune 50 executive with Pepsico in the area of Research and Innovation. He developed (and taught) one the first graduate classes on the topic of Sport Technology in the United States and has been a professor teaching graduate classes in sport science, human performance and technology for more than a decade. In addition he has been the Director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute which is committed to helping athletes optimize their health and performance through research and education in hydration and nutrition science. During his tenure at the USTA he created the integration of the medical and sport science services for full time athletes at the National Training Center in Boca Raton, Florida as well as the development of full-service care and training at satellite facilities in Los Angeles and New York. He was instrumental on securing a long-term partnership with Cleveland Clinic Florida as well as creating a systematic approach to the training and treatment of tennis athletes throughout the US. He is also the co-founder of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA), which is the worldwide leader in tennis-specific performance enhancement and injury prevention education and certification (www.itpa-tennis.org). The iTPA has educated and certified individuals in over 40 countries. Dr. Kovacs has also served on the investment and finance committees for the National Strength & Conditioning Association and gone through a Finance program for executives through the Emory University Goizueta Business School. He has been an advisor and shareholder in numerous startups and early stage technology companies in various areas of health, fitness, medical and sports.

Dr. Kovacs established the Kovacs Institute(www.kovacsinstitute.com) in Atlanta which is focused on optimizing human performance by the practical application of cutting-edge science to elite athletes, high performing executives and companies in the sport, technology, wellness, fitness and health space. Within the Kovacs Institute is the international consulting firm (Metis Performance, LLC) focused on advisory and consulting services to national federations, major professional sports leagues and leading universities. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter on 5 continents and performed well over 200 workshops and presentations. He has presented and/or consulted for Harvard University, NYU Medical School, Princeton University, University of North Carolina, University of Southern California, Northwestern University, Arizona State University, South Korean Olympic Committee, Chinese Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee, Seattle Mariners, International Flavors and Fragrances (IFF), IMG and IMGAcademy, UroGPO, ATP, WTA, Major League Baseball (MLB), among dozens of other leading institutions. Dr. Kovacs is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has published over 50 research articles and abstracts in some of the top scientific journals in the field of sport and exercise science. He was the Associate Editor-in-Chief of the Strength & Conditioning Journal and is on the editorial board and a reviewer for many top tier journals.

Mark grew up in Melbourne, Australia playing national and international level junior tennis. He was a top 5 Australian junior and competed at the Australian and US Open junior championships. He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in tennis at Auburn University and competed professionally after University. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University. Dr. Kovacs earned his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama. He was the youngest ever recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award and the 2014 US Olympic Committee “Doc Counsilman” Science Award for his innovative use of sport science application to Olympic athletes. He was an invited Keynote speaker at the 2017 Internal Olympic Committee World Conference on the Prevention of Injury & Illness in Sport hosted by Prince Albert in Monte, Carlo, Monaco. He has personally worked with dozens of top professional athletes and leading executives on multiple areas of improving human performance. He has been involved with two NFL Superbowls, the Brazilian National Football team for the 2014 World Cup, the US Fed Cup team and dozens of other major sporting events applying sport science principles to optimizing athletic performance. He has published six books on different aspects of sport science and human performance and currently volunteers on numerous committees and boards in professional organizations along with many community outreach programs. He has personally worked with of dozens of top professional athletes including: John Isner, Robby Ginepri, Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Frances Tiafoe, Reilly Opelka, Dansby Swanson (MLB), Jane Campbell (USWNT), Emily Sonnett (USWNT) among many others. For more information follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @mkovacsphd