Ron McKeefery joined Tennessee in January as football head strength and conditioning coach. The 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, McKeefery recently spent 11 seasons at South Florida, where he served as assistant athletics director for strength and conditioning and head strength and conditioning coach.
McKeefery's most recent role was as human performance coordinator for the U.S. Army Special Forces, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, in Fort Campbell, Ky.
A key member of the South Florida coaching staff, McKeefery's tenure with the Bulls coincided with that program's rise from Div. I-AA to perennial Big East Conference contender. In addition to six consecutive bowl games and 19 NFL draft picks, the success of his strength and conditioning program is best exemplified by the fact that South Florida was 10-0 in overtime during his 11 seasons with the school.
After spending one season as a coach at Ottawa (Kan.) University, his alma mater, McKeefery worked as an intern with the Kansas City Royals. In the two years before going to South Florida, he worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the 1999 season, a year in which the Bucs played in the NFC Championship Game. McKeefery then spent the 2000 season as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe.
He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and Coach Practitioner under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA). He also served as the state NSCA Director for Florida (North) and is certified by both the NSCA and the CSCCA.
The Missouri native owns a bachelor of arts in biology from Ottawa and a master of arts in adult education from South Florida. McKeef earned all-conference honors in both football and track at Ottawa and was also a two-time Academic All-America.
Ron is married to the former Angela Hamilton. They are the parents of four children: James, Tyler, Ava and Maya.