About Jeff

The following are some of my credentials that make me look pretty good on paper, but it is my knowledge base coupled with a plethora of real world experience that has enabled me to develop into a highly-regarded tennis specific physical and mental conditioning coach. Many tennis coaches and parents consider Jeff to be the “go to person” when it comes to improving tennis specific footwork efficiency, speed, and strength.

Jeff Drock MS, CSCS Bulletpoint Bio

  • Played Tennis for #2 NAIA Ranked University of North Florida for Coach of the Year Leo Vorwerk
  • As a player, I was inducted into the University of North Florida Athletics Hall of Fame
  • Assistant Tennis Coach for MAC Champion Men’s Team at Miami University (Oxford, Ohio
  • Bachelors Degree in Psychology from the University of North Florida
  • Masters Degree in Sport Behavior and Performance from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio)
  • Relevant Graduate School Coursework (Physiological and Motoric aspects of Sport and Exercise, Biomechanics, Anatomy and Kinesiology, Children and Youth in Sport, Foundations of Sport Psychology, Studies in Exercise Behavior)
  • Studied Mental strength training while under the direct guidance of Sports Psychologist Dr. Robert S. Weinberg who was Past president of The Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology (AAASP), Author of “Foundation of Sport and Exercise Psychology” College Textbook, Editor of the “Journal of Applied Sports Psychology. I was also under the direct guidance of Olympic Sports Psychologist Dr. Robin Vealey  editor of “The Sport Psychologist” and Past-President of (AAASP). She currently is on the editorial boards of the “International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology” and the “International Journal of Sport Sciences”
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) National Strength and conditioning association (NSCA)
  • Certified Fitness Advisor-Cooper Aerobics Institute
  • Certified Personal Trainer-International Fitness Professionals Association (IFPA)
  • Functional Training Specialist-Institute of Human Performance
  • Gold Certified Fitness Specialist-Life Fitness
  • Member of South Florida Sport Science Professionals Association
  • Founder and President of The Home Fitness Professionals Association
  • Tennis Strength and Conditioning Specialist-Etcheberry Performance
  • Tennis Specific Fitness trainer for 15+ years for world-ranked junior, collegiate, and professional tennis players.
  • Have assisted with high performance fitness testing for the United States Tennis Association with Director of Physical Conditioning Barrett Bugg and Director of Sport Science Bill Aronsen
  • Have written several articles pertaining to strength and conditioning that have been published in national and international tennis publications and on websites; including Florida Tennis Magazine and www.Juniortennis.com
  • Fitness Consultant and fitness expert for the Physical fitness chapter of “Raising Big Smiling Tennis Kids” A Complete Roadmap For Every Parent and Coach
  • Wrote All Exercise Descriptions for “Tennis Safe”  by Jim Martz
  • Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for 2x Heavyweight champion of the world Shannon Briggs
  • Train Grace Min WTA Tour
  • On the Head/Penn Advisory Staff

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The Etcheberry Group, LLC

September 2008: Jeff Drock MS, CSCS becomes an official Etcheberry Certified Tennis Trainer

The unique training secrets of legendary strength and conditioning coach Pat Etcheberry have helped more than two-dozen professional tennis champions win more than 100 Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Medals. The players Pat’s techniques have transformed read like a Whose Who in Tennis and include Andre Agassi, Justine Henin-Hardenne, James Blake, Martina Hingis, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Jennifer Capriati, Monica Seles, Gabriela Sabatini and Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, among many others.

“These techniques took me from #25 in the world when Pat and I started working together, all the way to #1.” — Tennis Hall of Fame member Jim Courier.

There are many sports science practitioners who possess master’s degrees like myself or even doctorates. Many of the advanced degree holders tend to focus on being great theorists, classroom instructors, writers and researchers. I truly appreciate all of their contributions to the sport sciences and I do enjoy reading about and staying on top of the current research findings. At times I have even felt a bit guilty about my lack of worthy research contributions. Much to the dismay of my graduate school professors, I turned down several offers to pursue my doctoral studies because I perhaps selfishly wanted to be a full time “Performance Enhancement Specialist” for tennis players. I guess that I am of a rare breed and it would be safe to say that my love of helping athletes improve has always superseded my interest of contributing research. My interest and love is in figuring out exactly how to quickly, effectively, and safely improve my athletes’ opportunities for success.