Mike Stone is internationally recognized as a favorite presenter at events across the nation and considered one of the leading minds in research in the field of sport science. Now at East Tennessee State University (ETSU), Stone has served as the Director of the Exercise and Sports Science Lab since August 2005. Stone helped establish the Center of Excellence for Sport Science and Coach Education in October of 2008. Stone has also helped to implement the first Sport Physiology and Performance PhD program in the nation at ETSU. During his more than 45-year academic career, Stone has been on the faculty at five different foreign and domestic universities and has seen his work published more than 250 times. Additionally, he has served multiple positions with the United States Olympic Committee, and as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Louisiana State University and as a strength and conditioning coach for basketball at Auburn University. He has coached several international and national level weightlifters— including one Olympian—and throwers in both the United States and Great Britain. He continues to consult with several professional and collegiate teams concerning their strength and conditioning programs. Stone was recognized as the recipient of the ETSU award for Distinguish Research Faculty in 2008. He is a Fellow of the NSCA and United Kingdom Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA). He holds the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) certification from the NSCA and Accredited Strength and Conditioning Coach (ASCC) certification from UKSCA. In 1991, the NSCA named Stone the Sports Scientist of the Year. Nine years later, the NSCA also honored him with the Lifetime Achievement Award.