Dr. Mark Kovacs
Sport Science Consultant and Speaker
Dr. Mark Kovacs is a performance physiologist, researcher, sports executive, professor, author, speaker and coach. He runs a consulting firm focused on optimizing human performance by the practical application of cutting edge science to national federations, major professional sports leagues, leading universities and start-up firms. Kovacs formerly directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the USTA. Kovacs was the Director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute and an executive with PepsiCo. He serves as the Executive Director of the International Tennis Performance Association (the “iTPA”). He is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and a Certified Tennis Performance Specialist and Master Tennis Performance Specialist through the iTPA. In 2012, he was the youngest ever recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award. In 2014, he received the US Olympic Committee Doc Counsilman Science Award for his innovative use of sport science application to Olympic athletes. Kovacs has worked with hundreds of elite athletes in dozens of sports providing high performance sport science services. Kovacs attended Auburn University, where he was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion. He earned his PhD from the University of Alabama.