College - Arizona

Darryl Eto
Director of Strength & Conditioning


Darryl Eto begins his third season with the Houston Rockets as Director of Strength and Conditioning. Recognized as an expert in the field of plyometrics, conditioning and speed training, Eto oversees all player training and physical performance development. Eto also works to design and implement individual strength, conditioning and nutritional programs for Rockets players.


Eto refined his practice in applied anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics over the course of 25 years before joining the Rockets. He came to Houston after spending nearly nine years as the Senior Performance Specialist at Athletesí Performance in Tempe, Arizona. While working with the private training company, Eto developed and implemented performance training programs for professional, amateur and youth athletes in a wide array of sports. His experience with Athletesí Performance included individual physical preparation for NBA Pre-Draft Camps, as well as working with active players on offseason programs.


Prior to his time with Athletesí Performance, Eto served from 1997-99 as the Assistant Director of Research Development and Program Design at International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Florida. From 1991-97, he was the Head Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Arizona. Eto began his career in 1986 as the Strength and Conditioning Coach/Physical Therapy Aide at Ather Sports Injury Clinic in Castro Valley, California.


Eto earned his masterís degree in exercise and sport science at the University of Arizona and graduated from California State University with a bachelorís degree in kinesiology and physical education. His certifications include National Strength and Conditioning Association Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, United States Weightlifting Federation Club Coach, USA Track and Field Level I Track and Field Coach and massage therapist. In addition, Eto took a foreign study tour in the science of strength and conditioning in Bulgaria and the USSR in June 1988