Mark Kovacs, PhD, FACSM, CSCS*D, is the CEO of the Kovacs Institute, which is a performance sciences institute focused on elite individuals looking to optimize performance in sport, business and life. He is also an Associate Professor in the Sport Health Science Department and the Director of the Life Sport Science Institute at Life University. He is a sports administrator, performance physiologist, researcher, professor, author, speaker and coach with an extensive background training and researching elite athletes.
Dr. Kovacs formally directed the Sport Science, Strength & Conditioning and Coaching Education departments for the United States Tennis Association (USTA), was the Director of the Gatorade Sport Science Institute, an executive with PepsiCo focused on long-term research and innovation. He has been a keynote speaker and presenter on five continents and performed more than 200 workshops and presentations. He has presented at Harvard University, NYU Medical School, Princeton University, University of North Carolina, Chinese Olympic Committee, South Korea Olympic Committee, Mexican Olympic Committee, United States Olympic Committee, NBA, NFL & MLB teams among dozens of other leading institutions.
Dr. Kovacs is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and has published over 50 research articles and abstracts in some of the top scientific journals in the field of sport and exercise science. He was an All-American and NCAA doubles champion in tennis at Auburn University and competed professionally after University. He earned both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in the Department of Kinesiology at Auburn University.
Dr. Kovacs earned his doctorate in exercise physiology from the University of Alabama. He was the youngest ever recipient of the International Tennis Hall of Fame Educational Merit Award and the 2014 US Olympic Committee’s Doc Counsilman Science Award for his innovative use of sport science application to Olympic athletes. He has been involved with two National Football League (NFL) Super Bowls, the Brazilian National Football team for the 2014 World Cup, the US Fed Cup team and dozens of other major sporting events applying sport science principles to optimize athletic performance.
He has published six books on different aspects of sport science and currently volunteers on numerous committees and boards in professional organizations along with many community outreach programs. In addition, he is a founder of the International Tennis Performance Association (iTPA) which is the worldwide leading education and certification organization for individuals that work with tennis athletes in the areas of performance enhancement and injury prevention.