Ron McKeefery named strength and conditioning coach

Ron McKeefery

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Ron McKeefery

Tennessee coach Derek Dooley didn’t directly dip into the college ranks to find his new strength and conditioning coach.

He went through the government.

Ron McKeefery, who recently left South Florida for a role with the United States Army Special Forces, was announced as the Vols’ new strength and conditioning coach Monday.

“Our program improved significantly today with the addition of Ron McKeefery as our football head strength and conditioning coach,” Dooley said in a university statement. “Ron has a track record of proven success in the South over a sustained period of time and is a man of high character and integrity who views Tennessee as a program with unlimited potential.“We are excited to add a strength and conditioning coach of Ron’s caliber and background to our football program, and we believe his efforts and intensity will play a critical role in our program’s return to a perennial championship contender.”

Length, terms and salary in McKeefery’s new contract with UT were not immediately available.

Before leaving for his role with the Army, McKeefery spent 11 seasons at South Florida and was named the 2008 Under Armour Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. He has also worked with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and served as the head strength and conditioning coach with the Berlin Thunder of NFL Europe in 2000.

McKeefery replaces Bennie Wylie, who left earlier this month for the same position at Texas. Wylie, a Texas native, was used a strong focal point in both UT’s recruiting efforts and its promotion for the new indoor football training center, which is set for completion in Summer 2012.

“I am very excited to be at the University of Tennessee and to work with some of the best student-athletes in America,” McKeefery said in a statement. “Coach Dooley, the staff, and administration have the utmost character and integrity, and I am eager to begin working with the student-athletes and to contribute to the positive impact that the University is having in their lives.”

McKeefery is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction and Coach Practitioner under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

McKeefery is married to the former Angela Hamilton and the couple has three children: Tyler, Ava, and Maya.

Andrew Gribble covers Tennessee football and recruiting. He may be reached at 865-342-6327. Follow him at http://twitter.com/Andrew_Gribble and http://blogs.knoxnews.com/gribble/

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Mule_Days_King writes:

Like this. A LOT!!!!

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

Great Hire, CDD!!!

Here is a good article about the newest member of our coaching staff:

http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle...

bigorange61 writes:

Pretty good resume. Welcome aboard, Ron.

Carlitovol writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country, RON!

tnsportsman writes:

Welcome Ron to BIG ORANGE COUNTRY! Very nice and impressive resume! Get OUR VOLS pumped up and in total shape to WIN late in games and over time! Make them BEAST!

GO VOLS, WE ARE UT!

rkw2 writes:

Given the résumé, I have just 2 words to say...Benny who?

jobrando#216494 writes:

KNS forgot and made this story public instead of GVX666

tnsportsman writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

Great Hire, CDD!!!

Here is a good article about the newest member of our coaching staff:

http://www.gousfbulls.com/ViewArticle...

Thanks Prowlin, great article on our great hire!

Yeah, this is what OUR VOLS NEED!

dk writes:

I think that this will be a great hire for a long time.

jcherrie#219531 (Inactive) writes:

Great hire! We don't want to feel like the Germans again.

LiveFaith writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

KNS forgot and made this story public instead of GVX666

GVX666. I love it! An old paradigm newspaper company charging for what their competitors give for free is hilarious! Is nobody at this paper even at the wheel and paying attention to the current trends concerning pay-for-view information?

I use to have KNS #1 in my UT bookmarks, but the've dropped to #2 since I have to wade thru GVX666 advertisements disguised as news. John Adams already had them close.

VolNation dot Com is a generally better and free alternative.

BTW. Looks like a great hire coach.

CoverOrange writes:

Did I read that right? He worked for the Army for about 6 weeks? Guess he was already all he wanted to be.

wazzya69vol writes:

in response to tnsportsman:

Thanks Prowlin, great article on our great hire!

Yeah, this is what OUR VOLS NEED!

You beat me to it; I agree 100%. Great article Prowlin! How creative was that by CDD. Going after a guy like Ron who is a proven commodity but was now training special forces via govern't. CDD has this program going in the right direction, with solid student-athletes and coaches with integrity who IMO will coach us up. GBO!!

torchbearer writes:

Tyler "Cut Throat Jolly Roger" Bray meet your girlfriend for the summer...Coach McKeefery.

Ga_Dave writes:

Come on down boys to Tennessee and BE ALL YOU CAN BE, join a winner!!!!! GBO

CryptoVol writes:

Welcome aboard Ron. As a former team member of the 160th SOAR. Night Stalkers Don't Quit (NSDQ)

jcvol#215939 writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Did I read that right? He worked for the Army for about 6 weeks? Guess he was already all he wanted to be.

That seems to be what it says .... you would think the reporter would dig a little deeper to understand that short tenure.

Orangelife writes:

Like this hire! It's only going to get better with the new training facility!

GreerVol22 writes:

Strength means nothing without endurance...I think this cat has the know how to get us what we have been missing. Welcome aboard! Lets just hope the Vol Navy can live with an army guy....har.

drgreear writes:

Excellent hire, this guy sounds like he knows what he's doing and he certainly has a lot of respect for our university, which basically sold me on him. Also his resume is extremely impressive!

oskie_score writes:

CDD & Staff continue to get it done, moving in the right direction with the right people.
Character and integrity...solid building blocks that make for a solid foundation in building a solid program.
Be patient Vol Nation the road ahead may be difficult (next 1-3 yrs) but it will be one that we ALL can be proud of.

Ayres_Hall writes:

Maybe he determined that the college level is where he wants to be. But it doesn't matter. Welcome coach!

CoverOrange writes:

in response to jcvol#215939:

That seems to be what it says .... you would think the reporter would dig a little deeper to understand that short tenure.

Does seem to be a story there and GVX may have one for us in the next few days. Don't know how you can put that on your resume as a highlight if you were only there a few weeks.

BillyVol writes:

He will put the right Hup into the Vols.

Welcome

RoadTrip writes:

Thanks, Prowlin, good info.

I am extremely excited about this hire! So much with worrying about conditioning in the 4th quarter or against no huddle offenses. CDD has done it again - it just keeps getting better and better.

Go Vols!

utfpmd writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

GVX666. I love it! An old paradigm newspaper company charging for what their competitors give for free is hilarious! Is nobody at this paper even at the wheel and paying attention to the current trends concerning pay-for-view information?

I use to have KNS #1 in my UT bookmarks, but the've dropped to #2 since I have to wade thru GVX666 advertisements disguised as news. John Adams already had them close.

VolNation dot Com is a generally better and free alternative.

BTW. Looks like a great hire coach.

Thanks. I'll try out VolNation.com.

kyletrktr writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Does seem to be a story there and GVX may have one for us in the next few days. Don't know how you can put that on your resume as a highlight if you were only there a few weeks.

That USC d-bag that I will leave unnamed seems to do that with us... haha

keepitreal4vols writes:

Awesome hire....I guess working inside the new thunderdome of power is a better job than sleeping outside with mosquito's and rattlesnakes.
I invision him acting like a sniper in his 2nd floor office and when he sees a player goofing off, pop a BB in their butt. There would be no more slackers.

jobrando#216494 writes:

The training center is scheduled to be complete Summer 2012. Does anyone know whats been completed so far?

SIMSVOL writes:

Sounds like a good S&C coach - just got to wonder why he left USF at the end of the season and why he left his brand new position with the Army. Go VOLS!

govolsrpa writes:

Great hire. Muscle endurance is very important. I can take two players who squat the same in there max, but the one who conditions his muscles through repetitions and heavy sets will be the better more explosive player. Bodily exercise profits a little but Godliness or Spiritual exercise profits in all things. 1 Tim 4;8

stroker writes:

in response to jcherrie#219531:

Great hire! We don't want to feel like the Germans again.

LOL funny!

Tau_of_Tennessee writes:

Didn't South Florida keep Georgia out of the end zone for 60 minutes in their bowl game? I am sure this cat's program had something to do with that.

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Didn't South Florida keep Georgia out of the end zone for 60 minutes in their bowl game? I am sure this cat's program had something to do with that.

It was Central Florida.

VolGrad writes:

Thanks Benny.

govolsrpa writes:

in response to RockyTopRenegade:

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It is the greatest advice. GOD gives us all things that pertains to life and Godliness. 2 Peter 1;3

ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog writes:

in response to govolsrpa:

It is the greatest advice. GOD gives us all things that pertains to life and Godliness. 2 Peter 1;3

I couldn't agree more, sir.

iowa_vol writes:

Would have liked to have seen Tom Myslinski in this role, but it sounds like we ended up with a great hire.

volman67 writes:

in response to ProwlinAndGrowlinSmokeyDog:

I couldn't agree more, sir.

I like to see these type of post here

volinlouisiana writes:

in response to jobrando#216494:

KNS forgot and made this story public instead of GVX666

Ha! Ha!

CCLC writes:

in response to Tau_of_Tennessee:

Didn't South Florida keep Georgia out of the end zone for 60 minutes in their bowl game? I am sure this cat's program had something to do with that.

Wish it was South Florida and not Central.

77VolFS writes:

Welcome to Big Orange Country, Ron. Training Special Ops at Ft. Campbell after an impressive run at USF sounds good to me. I like the way CDD goes about his plan - now if Vol Nation will just have the patience. Time will tell.

NoogaVol55 writes:

Man, some of you guys buy in really quick! I feel it is a little to early to have "Dooley made the greatest hire of all time" party. He seems to have a solid resume and I hope it all works out well. I guess the past 3 years of attrition have me skeptic about everything Tennessee Football related.

bobbarbilly writes:

in response to CoverOrange:

Did I read that right? He worked for the Army for about 6 weeks? Guess he was already all he wanted to be.

We had some guys who only stayed about six weeks or less at Fort Benning. The difference is that the MP'S brought them back and threw them in the recycle bin.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

This story does have a huge hole in it regarding his service with the Special Forces. He left for the Army at the conclusion of the 2010 USF football season, which ended on Dec. 31,2010 with a victory over Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. That means he spent about 2 weeks in the Army? How does that work? Could they have meant the 2008 season? KNS might should explain that a little better.

dvols writes:

the important part folks is 11 seasons in south florida!.......

NoogaVol55 writes:

in response to civilianvol_formerly_marinevol:

This story does have a huge hole in it regarding his service with the Special Forces. He left for the Army at the conclusion of the 2010 USF football season, which ended on Dec. 31,2010 with a victory over Clemson in the Meineke Car Care Bowl. That means he spent about 2 weeks in the Army? How does that work? Could they have meant the 2008 season? KNS might should explain that a little better.

There is a Youtube video of his workouts with USF that is dedicated to the 2009 season. So staying through the 2010 season might be right. I thought that was really strange too when I read it that he was there for just a couple of weeks.

nocleats writes:

He worked for the Army, he didnt join the Army.. Military people please explain to these readers how the Dept of Defense hires and depends on civilians...

crockett1836 writes:

in response to jcvol#215939:

That seems to be what it says .... you would think the reporter would dig a little deeper to understand that short tenure.

Probably was a strength consultant to the Army Rangers. That's my guess.

lemeshousomthen writes:

no explanation needed for that 2 weeks but two things if you think about it...its a bid thang out there.. either we outbidded with something he loves to do or he really may have had second thoughts on taking the army gig

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