Tory Stephens was appointed as the director of the strength and conditioning program by Texas Tech Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt in the fall of 2011. He enters his fourth season working with the basketball program.
Stephens, who began his Texas Tech career while he was an undergraduate student, spent six years as the Associate Head Strength Coach and Director of Nutrition and Supplementation, prior to the appointment by Hocutt.
Stephens is Sports Performance Nutrition (SPN) certified and received his Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach certification (SCCC) in the organization’s inaugural year of 2001. He oversees the approval and distribution of NCAA compliant nutritional supplements for all student-athletes. Stephens was awarded with the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach by the CSCCA in May 2010. The title is the highest honor a strength and conditioning coach can receive.
In Texas Tech’s 2011 TechSpy Awards, Stephens received the athletic department’s administrator of the year award, which is voted by student-athletes. Along with his director duties, Stephens serves as the strength and conditioning coach for the baseball, women’s basketball, and softball programs.
Stephens received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Texas Tech in 1998. He was a letterman in football, baseball and track & field during an outstanding prep career at Sweetwater High School in Texas. Stephens garnered All-West Texas, All-South Plains, and All-State football teams. He also was a three-time All-District selection in baseball as a catcher.
Stephens and his wife, Trisha, are the proud parents of three children: Trey, Trevor and Tatum. He enjoys coaching his son’s baseball and football teams during his spare time. He also directs Texas Tech’s multi-directional speed, agility and strength camp for all youths, ages 7-18.