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Ron McKeefery, PhD, MSCC, RSCC*E CSCS*D
Husband I Father I High Performance I Author I Speaker

S&C Coach

Internationally recognized as a leader in the area of sports development, Ron McKeefery has twice been named Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. First by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society (2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year), and next by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (2016 Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year). In 2020, Coach McKeefery was awarded the International Coach of the Year by S&C Education based in the United Kingdom.  


In 2013 McKeefery was honored as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). The Master Strength and Conditioning Coach certification is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach, representing professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise and longevity in the field.​ 

Coach McKeefery picked up the highest designation by the NSCA in 2019 earning the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach Emeritus (RSCC*E)  He holds a PhD in Christian Counseling, a Master’s in Adult Education, and dual Bachelor degrees in Biology and Physical Education.  

Currently the Special Assistant to the Head Coach - High Performance Culture at the University of Alabama.  Prior to Bama, McKeefery was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Football at the University of Washington.  In two years at Washington the team went 25-3, culminating in a College Football Playoff Sugar Bowl Win, and National Championship appearance ending the year ranked #2 in the nation. 


Coach McKeefery has served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at both the Professional and Collegiate level.  Working with such professional organizations as the: Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), Kansas City Royals (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL) and the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe), and collegiate programs such as: Fresno State, Eastern Michigan University, University of Tennessee, and the University of South Florida. 

Additionally he has served as the Vice President of Performance and Education for PLAE, where he worked with elite athletes and coaches around the world.  Including USA Team Football, the Chinese Olympic Committee, and the Georgia Swarm of the National Lacrosse League and many others.  In 2018 USA Team won the Silver medal at the World University Games in Harbin, China.  

Mentor & Leader

He has had the privilege of working with over 100 players that have gone on to play in the National Football League. 


Composed of 47 NFL Draft Picks, including seven 1st Round Draft Picks and Pro Bowlers Mike Jenkins, Cordarrelle Patterson, & Jason Pierre-Paul, along with Heisman Trophy Runner Up Michael Penix, Rome Odunze, Troy Fautanu and Ja'Waun James.  He has had numerous All Americans, NFL Free-Agents, and All Conference Selections.  In 2023-24 season the Offensive Line at Washington received the Joe Moore Award as the nations best Offensive Line.  

For a full list of players click here

Coach McKeefery has not just developed players, he has also mentored numerous Strength and Conditioning Coaches that have gone on to great success in the field. 


Including World Champions: Dana Cavalea - Head S&C New York Yankees, Jake Beiting - Head S&C Houston Astros, and Derek Millender - Head S&C Cleveland Cavaliers. 


Two coaches have gone on to be named Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year: Kaz Kazadi while as Head S&C Baylor, and Lew Caralla while as Head S&C University of Buffalo.  

For a full list of Coach McKeefery's Coaching Tree click here.  


Coach McKeefery is a sought after industry speaker.  He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches, United Kingdom, Australian, and Polish National Associations.  More info click here.  To request Coach McKeefery to speak and a list of prior speaking engagements click here.  

Ron is the author of the #1 Amazon International Bestseller(s) "CEO Strength Coach" and "Weight Room Wisdom".  Additionally he has been published in the NSCA Journal, American Football Monthly, and numerous other publications.  




Ron has been married to his best friend Angela McKeefery since 1999. 

The two adopted three children from Ukraine in 2005.  At the time Tyler and Ava where 5 years old and Maya was 3. 

Currently the McKeefery's live in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.   

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