Teena Murray

Teena Murray

VP, Athlete Health & Performance

Murray begins her fourth season with the Kings as Vice President of Health and Performance, where she leads a growing interdisciplinary high-performance team including: strength and conditioning, analytics, performance medicine, mental health, performance psychology, and performance nutrition (including the Kings culinary team). She is building a unique ecosystem of academic, research and development, and technology partners to support the delivery of elite care to all Kings’ players.

Prior to Murray’s tenure in Sacramento she spent 14 years as the Director of Sports Performance at the University of Louisville where she and her staff built a premiere program in college athletics, leading the way with an integrated (high performance) approach supported by data analytics. In addition to her leadership role at Louisville, Teena served as head performance coach for the Cardinals women’s basketball team, assisting them to three Final 4’s in 9 years. A passionate teacher, Teena helped to create the graduate program in Strength & Conditioning at Louisville and served as a longtime lecturer in the program. She also held a second academic appointment in the School of Bioengineering. To foster the growth and development of leading talent, her team established an international mentorship program in Sports Performance that continues to turn out solid young coaches for the industry. In her final year at Louisville, Teena spearheaded the creation of a Research and Development Task Force for Athletics to advance data modeling projects with other campus groups, and partnerships with local incubators and start-ups.

Over two decades in the sports performance industry, Murray has accumulated extensive experience with professional, Olympic and college athletes. She has worked as a consultant with USA Hockey, the Turkish Basketball Federation, the NHL’s Florida Panthers and Anaheim Ducks and the AHL’s Hartford Wolfpack. In the college ranks she has worked at Cornell University and the University of Connecticut. Between 2006- 2010, Murray served as Director of Performance for the U.S. Women’s National and Olympic ice hockey team, sharing in two World Championship gold medals and a silver medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

A native of Shawville, Quebec (Canada), Murray holds degrees in kinesiology, education, and exercise physiology, and is currently completing an executive leadership program at Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is a an Emeritus Strength & Conditioning Coach with the National Strength & Conditioning Association, and holds a variety of industry certifications. Teena has published extensively in the areas of sport-specific athlete profiling, injury prevention and load management in basketball. In 2011, Murray received the Guiding Woman in Sport Award for her leadership in the strength and conditioning industry from the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport (NAGWS).

Teena and her partner Kellie live in Sacramento and have two daughters, MacKay (12) and Hadley (8)


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