|As head of Tennessee's
fitness and conditioning program, John Stucky ties his reputation as one
of the best in the nation to his unquenchable thirst for new methods to
promote his profession.
Assistant athletic director for physical development is the official title of the intense Vol staffer, whose responsibilities extend to all UT sports.
Stucky is recognized nationwide for his proficiency at inspiring athletes to perform at their ultimate physical capability. This spring Stucky was named one of 10 Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association. The title is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength and conditioning coach. It represents professionalism, knowledge, expertise and longevity in the field. Five years ago the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society named John as its national collegiate coach of the year.
Closer to home, his Southeastern Conference peers have picked him twice as the league's coach of the year. The importance UT attaches to Stucky's job was indicated four years ago when Athletic Director Doug Dickey promoted him to assistant athletic director from his previous post as director of athletic fitness.
Tennessee's emphasis on a strong fitness program is epitomized in Stucky, whose background in coaching underpinned his belief in the link between conditioning and athletic success. Stucky sets high goals for his charges but makes the standards attainable with realistic workout programs He is credited by Head Coach Phillip Fulmer with making physical fitness a basic component of Vol football.
John came to UT in 1994 from a six-year stint at Arkansas. In his combined coaching and fitness career, Stucky has also worked at Kansas State, Wichita State, North Carolina State and Oklahoma State. His employment since 1988 at Arkansas marked the second time he had been with the Razorbacks. He was also there in the late 1970s.
The native of Moundridge, Kansas, was a junior college All-America defensive lineman at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College before advancing to Kansas State where he won All-America honors as a noseguard. He was twice All-Big Eight. He earned bachelor and masters degrees in physical education at Kansas State before playing two years in the Canadian Football League.
Stucky came back to Kansas State as freshman line coach and strength coach, then served consecutively at Wichita State, Arkansas, North Carolina State, Oklahoma State and Arkansas again. It was when he went to North Carolina State in 1981 that Stucky left football coaching to devote his time exclusively to strength and conditioning responsibilities.