The Houston Rockets today announced the hiring of Darryl Eto to the newly created position of Director of Strength and Conditioning. Eto will work with current Strength and Conditioning Coach David Macha to design and implement individual strength, conditioning and nutritional programs for Rockets players. Recognized as an expert in the field of plyometrics, conditioning and speed training, Eto will be charged with overseeing all player training and physical performance development.

“We were fortunate to be able to hire Darryl away from his senior position at one of the top athlete performance institutes in the world,” said Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey. “He has attained very impressive results while working with world-class athletes throughout his career. His leadership and experience with the latest science and techniques will ensure the Rockets continue to have one of the best strength and conditioning programs in the NBA.”

Eto, who has refined his practice in applied anatomy, exercise physiology and biomechanics over the course of 25 years, joins the Rockets after spending nearly nine years as the Senior Performance Specialist at Athletes’ 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 Athletes’ Performance included individual physical preparation for NBA Pre-Draft Camps, as well as working with current players on offseason programs.

Prior to his time with Athletes’ 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 master’s degree in exercise and sport science at the University of Arizona and graduated from California State University with a bachelor’s 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.