FBSTRONGMDBannerMARYLAND SPONSORS 650X200When:  May 25, 2013 8a.m.-3p.m.

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Towson University – Minnegan Room

Johnny Unitas Stadium

Towson, MD 21204

For Whom: Coaches, Trainers, Athletes, Parents, and interested individuals of Football Strength and Conditioning.



Speaker Bios:

Jeremy ScottJeremy Scott – Head Strength Coach, Temple University

Jeremy Scott, who has spent his career optimizing the performance of collegiate and professional athletes, enters his first season at Temple University as the head strength and conditioning coach for football.

Scott previously spent 14 seasons at Penn State as the speed development coach and assistant strength and conditioning coach for the football program. He was responsible for developing players’ speed, reaction, agility, quickness and acceleration, as well as working on proper running mechanics and high-intensity strength training. His expertise was a valuable resource in lowering 40-yard sprint times and preparing players for the drills used in evaluation at the NFL combines.

Scott was recognized for his achievements with his selection in 2011 for the prestigious title of Master of Strength and Conditioning Coach.

A 1996 graduate of Lock Haven University, Scott obtained his master’s degree in health education from Penn State in 1999. He previously served as a graduate assistant with the Penn State strength and conditioning program from 1997-98 and performed an internship with the program in the summer of 1996. His work experience also includes designing and implementing a high-intensity strength training program for the United States Marine Corps Company B Body Bearers (1998), serving as the strength coach for the Penn State Boxing Club (1997-98) and as a personal trainer (1995).

Scott is married to the former Cory Beth Wickizer, and they have a daughter, Emma (7), and son, Evan (3).

Drew WilsonDrew Wilson – Director of Strength and Conditioning, University of Maryland

Drew Wilson is in his second season as Maryland’s director of strength and conditioning, overseeing the training and development of the football team.

Wilson spent the previous five seasons at the University of Connecticut under Randy Edsall where he helped lead the Huskies to bowl games in each of the last four years.

Prior to his stint in Storrs, Conn., Wilson was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of Kansas from January 2005 to May 2006 working with football, men’s basketball and golf.

From September of 2004 until January 2005 he worked at Florida State University assisting with the football, baseball and track and field programs.

Wilson attended Springfield College working as a graduate assistant where he completed his master’s degree in exercise science. While working on his master’s degree he served internships at the University of Maryland and Auburn University.

Wilson is a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a certified Level 1 coach from the United States Weightlifting Association and certified in the Functional Movement Screen. (FMS)

A native of Yardley, Pa, Wilson attended King’s College where he played football and earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology. He and his wife, Marguerite, have a daughter (Makaela) and a son (Andrew, Jr.).

Mike BrassMike Brass– Associate Athletic Director/Sports Performance, Naval Academy

Mike Brass is in his 12th year as Associate Athletic Director for Sports Performance after serving as the head Strength and Conditioning Coach/Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance for five years at Georgia Southern.

The Mids have shown remarkable progress in both strength and speed in his 10 years at the helm and he has been an integral part of turning around the fortunes of the Navy football program.

Brass is a key part of a staff that has brought the Midshipmen back into the national spotlight with a 75-40 (.652) record over the last nine years.

At Georgia Southern, Brass was named the 1998 and 1999 National Strength and Conditioning Association’s (NSCA) Professional of the Year for the Southern Conference.

Prior to his appointment at Georgia Southern, Brass served as head strength and conditioning coach at Tulane from 1992-96. He also spent two seasons heading the strength and conditioning efforts at Dartmouth (1990-92) after earning his first position at Wisconsin-Whitewater as strength coach in 1985.

Brass earned his bachelor’s degree in education from Doane (Neb.) College in 1985 before acquiring a master’s in fitness management from the United States Sports Academy a year later.

Brass holds membership in the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is nationally certified as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Brass and wife, Cindi, are the parents of three children, Samantha, Danielle and Broderick.

Keith GrayKeith Gray-Assistant Strength Coach, Philadelphia Eagles

Keith Gray was named assistant strength and conditioning coach on February 7, 2012 after spending his previous 13 years on the University of Georgia’s strength and conditioning staff. Gray joined Georgia’s staff as a full-time assistant in 1999, and was promoted to associate head strength coach in July 2003. During his tenure with the Bulldogs, he was an assistant with football, working with the 2002 and 2005 SEC Championship teams and the 2003, 2006 and 2008 Allstate Sugar Bowl teams.

XFGOZQCODBWMRLV.20110915193737Reno Ferri – RB Coach/Recruiting Coordinator, Towson University

A former assistant coach at the University of Akron, Reno Ferri joined the Tiger football staff in March, 2011.

His first season as a member of the Tigers’ staff was certainly a memorable one. As the Tigers’ running backs coach, he mentored a group that rushed for 229.9 yards per game, a mark that led the Colonial Athletic Association.

He also coached two players who earned All-American notice as fullback Tyler Wharton and running back Terrance West were honored. West, who led NCAA FCS with 29 rushing touchdowns, was named as the winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football.

A member of the Akron staff for six years, Coach Ferri is the Tigers’ Running Backs coach and he will serve as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator. During his years at Akron, he served in four different roles.

“Reno brings a high degree of experience and success to our program in both recruiting and playing at the Division I level,” says Coach Rob Ambrose.

A native of Youngstown, Ohio, Coach Ferri is a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy. A three-year letter winner at running back for the Black Knights, he was part of Army’s first team that competed in Conference-USA.

In 1996, he was a member of Army’s nationally-ranked team that posted a 10-2 record and lost to Auburn in the Independence Bowl.

As a senior, he served as one of Coach Bob Sutton’s game captains for the Air Force game.

After earning his Bachelor’s degree in General Management with a minor in Systems Engineering, he started his coaching career at West Point. During the 2000 season, he served as a graduate assistant on the Army coaching staff.

A 1st Lieutenant in the United States Army from May of 2000 to March of 2002, he served as a Fire Direction Officer and a Battalion Survey Officer.

In 2004, he joined Coach J.D. Brookhart’s staff at Akron as a graduate assistant who worked with the offense. In 2005, he was Akron’s Director of Football Operations, overseeing all administrative duties with the staff. During the 2005, he was part of an Akron team that earned a berth in the Motor City Bowl where the Zips lost a 38-31 thriller to Memphis.

He was promoted to Wide Receivers Coach in 2006 and worked with Jabari Arthur, who became an all-league performer, and David Harvey, All-MAC performer and a Freshman All-American.

In 2007, he was named as the Running Backs Coach at Akron, a position he held for three years.

He had an impressive debut as Akron’s Running Backs Coach in 2007. Led by Bryan Williams and Alex Allen, the Zips averaged 127.8 rushing yards per game. Williams, who ran for 728 yards, was named third team All-Mid-American Conference. In MAC games, he was very impressive as he rushed 612 yards and averaged 4.5 yards per carry. Williams and Allen combined to rush for 1,148 yards while averaging 4.5 yards per carry.

In 2008, Allen rushed for 103 yards and scored two touchdowns in Akron’s 42-28 win over Syracuse. However, Allen suffered a season-ending injury in the third game of the season. So, Coach Ferri turned to Dennis Kennedy, who responded with a record-setting season.
Kennedy, who rushed for 1,321 yards, produced the third-best single season rushing total in Akron history. He also set school records with 17 rushing touchdowns and 18 overall TD’s. He had several memorable performances as he rushed for 277 yards and scored three touchdowns in a 42-35 victory over Eastern Michigan. He also ran for 123 yards with four touchdowns in a wild 49-42 loss to Ohio. Kennedy also rushed for 142 yards with three TD’s in a narrow loss to Buffalo.

While coaching at Akron, he worked with some excellent return specialists. In 2006, Harvey led the MAC in kickoff returns and was second in the nation. In 2007, Williams averaged 31.9 yards per kickoff return as he led the MAC and was second nationally. In 2007, he also coached Andre Jones, the top punt return specialist in the MAC with a 14.5 average. In 2008, Williams averaged 29.0 yards per kickoff return to rank second in the MAC and sixth nationally.

During his tenure at Akron, he also served as the program’s Recruiting Coordinator. From 2005 to 2007, Akron landed the Mid-American Conference’s top recruiting classes. The Zips also had three players named as Freshman All-Americas from those three classes.
He spent most of last year as a consultant for British Petroleum working in the Gulf of Mexico. A systems engineer, he and his team designed and implemented a software solution to decontaminate and redeliver 16,000 vessels.’

A graduate of Cardinal Mooney High School in Youngstown, he was a two-sport standout for the football and track teams.

In football, he was a first team All-Ohio selection. He was also named as the Cardinals’ Most Valuable Player and Northeast Ohio Player of the Year.

Reno and his wife, the former Rebekah Hardin, are the parents of four children, including a pair of twins who are infants.

Rob Taylor

Rob Taylor – Owner, SmarterTeamTraining.com

Coach Taylor is the founder and owner of SMARTER Team Training. STT has been developed to focus on athlete and team development, performance, and education. Taylor was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Loyola University Maryland for over seven years. Rob was a strength and conditioning consultant for athletes on the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup Champion’s Team Australia in 2005, and was the Head Strength Coach for Team Australia’s 2009 World Cup team which played in the world championship game also. He has worked with professional organizations such as the Anaheim Angels, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Mutiny, and San Antonio Silver Stars. Rob has also spent time in the private sector as the Director of Sports Performance at the Gordon Institute.

Coach Taylor has also been the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at UNC Greensboro. He left to pursue a graduate degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Delaware, while working as an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach. Rob has also worked with the athletic department at Cincinnati, Princeton, and Villanova. At each of these institutions he has helped numerous athletes reach their dream of becoming professional athletes. Rob’s athletes have gone on to be drafted by the NFL, MLB, NBA, MLS, MLL, NLL and participate in the Olympic Games.

HeadshotRon McKeefery – Former Director of S&C, University of Tennessee

A Nationally recognized leader in the area of sports development.  The Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Society awarded him the Under Armor Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

Coach McKeefery is a sought after industry speaker.  He has lectured for the National Strength and Conditioning Association, Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, and numerous major universities. Ron has been published in the National Strength and Conditioning journal, American Football Monthly, and Stack Magazine.

Coach McKeefery has served as a strength and conditioning coach at both the Professional and Collegiate level.  Working with such professional organizations as the: Kansas City Royals (MLB), Tampa Bay Buccaneers (NFL), and the Berlin Thunder (NFL Europe).  Currently he is the Director of Strength and Conditioning at the University of Tennessee.  Prior to UT he spent 10 seasons with the University of South Florida (Div I BCS level).

At South Florida he coached 20 NFL Draft Picks, including 1st Round Draft Pick and Pro Bowlers Mike Jenkins & Jason Pierre-Paul.  Additionally he has had 7 All Americans, numerous NFL free agents, and All Conference Selections.  In his time at South Florida the Bulls transitioned from Div I-AA to the BCS Big East Conference.

He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Florida in Adult Education and Bachelor degrees from Ottawa University in Biology and Physical Education.  While at Ottawa University he was a two sport athlete earning All Conference honors in Football and Track.  He was also a two time Academic All American.

Ron is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist w/Distinction (CSCS*D) and Coach Practitioner under the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as well as a Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) under the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).  He served as the State NSCA Director for Florida (North).