Director of Strength & Conditioning & Nutrition
Tory Stephens was appointed Director of the Strength and Conditioning program by Athletics Director Kirby Hocutt in the fall of 2011. Stephens, who began his career with Tech while he was an undergraduate student, spent six years as Associate Head Strength Coach and Director of Nutrition and Supplementation prior to that 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. In May of 2010, he was awarded the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach by the CSCCa, which 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, Coach Stephens is the strength and conditioning coach for the men's basketball and baseball teams at Tech and oversees the approval and distribution of NCAA compliant nutritional supplements for all student-athletes.
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. As a football player he was chosen to the all-west Texas, all-south plains, and all-state Football teams. He was also a 3-time all-district selection as catcher in baseball.
Stephens and his wife, Trisha, are the proud parents of two sons, Trey and Trevor, and a daughter, Tatum. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching his son's baseball and football teams, hunting and fishing and, of course, working out. During summers, Tory also enjoys directing Texas Tech's multi-directional speed, agility and strength camp for all youths, ages 7-18.
Dayna McCutchin is in her first year as a sports dietitian with the Texas Tech Athletics Department. She will serve as the Sports Dietitian for all sports for Tech Athletics and work primarily with Strength and Conditioning Director and Director of Sports Nutrition, Tory Stephens.
McCutchin graduated from Texas Tech in May 2010 with a degree in Nutritional Sciences and proceeded to start her Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences in the summer of 2010. She then completed the Texas Tech Dietetic Internship in June 2011, and Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences in May 2012. With the knowledge gained from her education and experience, McCutchin brings several skills and competitive advantages to Texas Tech.
McCutchin is a registered dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Licensed Dietitian with the State of Texas. She is a member of the Texas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, Lubbock Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports and Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition practice group, Weight Management Nutrition practice group, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, American College of Sports Medicine member, Exercise, Athletics, Strength Academy Member, and National Academy of Sports Medicine Member.
Graduate of Idalou High School, McCutchin married Zach McCutchin, from Levelland, TX, in September 2010.
Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning / Olympic Sports
Katie Munger began her career as a member of the strength and conditioning staff at Texas Tech University in 2005. Now the Associate Director of Strength & Conditioning for Olympic Sports, she is responsible for training the Soccer and Volleyball teams, as well as assisting with other Olympic sports.
Before arriving at Texas Tech, Katie served as the assistant women's basketball coach for Lubbock Christian University where her duties included developing the strength and conditioning program for the team.
She graduated from William Jewell College in Missouri in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology and received her Master's of Education at Lubbock Christian University in 2004.
As a collegiate athlete, Katie played basketball for William Jewell College and received numerous awards including two All-American Honors, three all-conference nods, and three awards as a scholar-athlete. She is a certified Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach (SCCC), is Functional Movement Screen (FMS) certified and also has earned a Sports Performance Nutritionist Certification.
Munger is married to Larry Munger and the couple have three daughters, Peyton (5) and Ellie (3), and Kamryn (1). In her spare time Katie enjoys being outdoors, cycling, working out, and hanging with her girls.
Assistant Strength Coach Olympic Sports
Tyson Carter joined the Olympic sports' Strength & Conditioning coaching staff at Texas Tech in 2008 and spent two years as a Graduate Assistant, another as a part-time employee, before becoming a member of the full-time staff.
His primary sports are Women's Basketball and Men's and Women's Tennis. While a graduate assistant he helped develop and implement strength and conditioning programs for Men's and Women's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Women's Golf, Men's and Women's Tennis, Women's Volleyball and Women's Soccer.
Carter played football at North Texas University from 2005-2007 before transferring to Angelo State University where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science. He enrolled in the Exercise Physiology and Strength and Conditioning graduate program at Texas Tech University, completing his degree in 2010.
He is nationally certified by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), the USA Weightlifting (USAW) and is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
Assistant Strength Coach
Flores joined the Texas Tech Athletics Department in September 2013 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
In this role, he works with the Men's Basketball, Baseball, Softball, Soccer, Track, and Women's Golf teams. Flores previously served as a student assistant with the strength and conditioning program for three years before being hired to a full-time position.
The Cedar Park, Texas native graduated from Vista Ridge High School in 2008. Flores earned his bachelors degree in Exercise Sports Sciences from Texas Tech University in May of 2013.
Assistant Strength Coach
Former Red Raider volleyball standout Karlyn Meyers joined the Texas Tech Athletics Department in September 2013 as an assistant strength and conditioning coach.
In this role, she works with the volleyball, women's basketball, softball, and Texas Tech's spirit squads. Meyers previously served as a graduate assistant with the strength and conditioning program before being hired to a full-time position.
The China Spring, Texas native joined the strength and conditioning staff after completing a successful four seasons as Texas Tech's primary setter on the volleyball program. She currently ranks sixth in Texas Tech history with 2,908 career assists from the 2008-11 seasons. Her 7.90 assists per set average also ranks seventh all-time in the career almanac as well.
In addition to her success on the court, Meyers was also highly successful in the classroom as she was a three-time Academic All-Big 12 first team selection and was a regular on the Texas Tech Dean's and President's Lists.
Meyers earned her bachelor's degree in exercise sports science in the fall of 2011 and then completed her masters in health, exercise and sports sciences with a concentration in strength and conditioning in the summer of 2013.
She is certified with the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association and the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Meyers brother, Kyal, is currently a pole vaulter on the Texas Tech men's track and field team. She enjoys outdoor activities, traveling, cooking, and reading.
Assistant Sports Nutrition Dietician
This is Melanie's first year as a sports dietitian with Texas Tech Athletics Department. She will serve as the Assistant Sports Dietitian for all sports for Tech Athletics and will work primarily with head sports dietitian Dayna McCutchin and Strength and Conditioning Director and Director of Sports Nutrition Tory Stephens.
Melanie graduated with her Bachelor of Nutritional Sciences and Dietetics from Texas Tech in May of 2013. She then completed the Texas Tech Dietetic Internship in June of 2014. She has been working with Texas Tech Sports Nutrition as a graduate assistant since February of 2014, after working as an intern for the previous 6 months. Boynton will complete her Master's Degree in Nutritional Sciences this December.
Melanie is a Registered Dietitian with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a Licensed Dietitian with the state of Texas. She is a member of the Texas Association of Nutrition and Dietetics, Sports and Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition Practice Group, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, and a member of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Melanie graduated from Colleyville Heritage High School in 2008 and is from Colleyville, Texas.