College - South Carolina Upstate
Mark McKown is in his ninth season as Player Development Assistant Coach for the Utah Jazz and has already created a legacy by helping Jazz players become some of the strongest and most fit in the NBA. McKown became the franchise’s first full-time strength and conditioning coach on September 29, 1997, after being highly recommended for his work with the New York Knicks during their training camps. He also was president of Peak Performance Sport Health Inc.
While assistant athletic director and director of sports performance at the College of Charleston (SC) from 1992-1997, McKown assisted the Knicks in their preseason preparations at the college for five seasons. McKown’s other job experience includes stints as assistant basketball coach and strength trainer at Charleston, Jacksonville University, and South Carolina Spartanburg (now South Carolina Upstate).
McKown’s prowess in strength training has garnered him national attention. In 2002 he published his first book, Body Development by Dumbbells, and was featured in Fundamental Fitness for Kids, a workout video, in November 2003.
A native of Gaffney, South Carolina, McKown graduated from the University of South Carolina Upstate in 1980, where he played basketball for three seasons, and earned a master’s degree in sports science from the United States Sports Academy in Mobile, Alabama. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Mark and his wife, Sonja, are the parents of two children, Zachariah and Kallie, and reside in Salt Lake City.