Dr. Jack Groppel, sport scientist, educator, author, entrepreneur, consultant, and coach, is a Professor at Judson University, with a joint appointment in both Exercise & Sport Science, and in Business. He most recently served as the CoFounder of the Johnson & Johnson HumanPerformance Institute. As an internationally recognized authority and pioneer in the science of human performance, Dr Groppel also served as an Adjunct Professor of Management at the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University for several years.
Dr. Groppel’s has:
Addressed the issue of worksite wellness and performance at such policy events as the United
Nations Side Event for Physical Activity and Non-Communicable Disease, and delivered 3 U.S.
Congressional Briefings on Worksite Health Promotion
Represented the worksite wellness industry at the historic Surgeon General’s Call to Action on
Walking and Walkable Communities.
Authored The Corporate Athlete book on achieving the pinnacle of corporate performance and co-
authored The Corporate Athlete Advantage. Summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2017 (after bilateral
knee replacements) with his then 12-year-old son. He has also been featured in the New York
Times, Fortune, Forbes, Shape, Fast Company and Huffington Post, among others.
Dr. Groppel dedicated 16 years of service to the United States Tennis Association (USTA) as Chairman of the National Sport Science Committee. He served on the National Board of Directors of the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and had a column entitled, ‘Ask the Professor’ in USPTA’s Addvantage magazine that ran for 25 years.
As a professional tennis coach, Dr. Groppel is a certified Master Professional of the USPTA and an International Master Professional of the Professional Tennis Registry, the highest rating of each organization. He was awarded the USPTA’s highest honor in as their National Teaching Professional of the year. For his contributions, he received the 1993 International Tennis Hall of Fame’s Educational Merit Award and has been inducted into the Midwest USPTA Hall of Fame. He is also an honorary member of the British Tennis Coaches Association, and has been recognized as an International Master Professional of the Registry of Tennis Professionals in Spain.
Dr. Groppel is a recognized authority in sport research. His research has included performance analyses of over 25 sports, having successfully worked with numerous world-class athletes such as the Chicago White Sox, the New Jersey Devils, Olympic gymnast and bronze medalist Wendy Bruce, NFL Pro Bowler Wes Welker, and scores of world-ranked tennis professionals, including Stan Smith and Michael Chang. He gave the keynote address at the 1984 Olympic Scientific
Congress. His scientific findings have appeared in numerous peer-reviewed journals and he also served as an instruction editor to Tennis Magazine.
Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine
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Fellow in the American College of Nutrition, a Board certified nutritionist, & a former Research
Associate to the U.S. Olympic Training Center
Currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Health Enhancement Research Organization
Health & Wellness Advisor to the Tennis Industry Association
Presentations / Public Speaking:
A motivating, yet highly entertaining speaker, he has spoken at thousands of functions on six
continents for athletes, fitness experts, corporate executives, scientists, physicians, coaches and
sport enthusiasts. He has shared the speaking platform with numerous dignitaries such as Margaret
Thatcher, Mikhail Gorbachev, President George HW Bush, President Gerald Ford, former
Secretary of State Colin Powell, Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Muhammad Ali, Apollo 13
Commander James Lovell, actors Christopher Reeve, Mary Tyler Moore, & Reba McIntire; and
former Secretary of State James Baker.