|Position:||Director of Basketball Performance|
|Alma Mater:||University of California, Davis '06|
Kyle Tarp is in his seventh overall season at the University of Maryland and his sixth as the Director of Basketball Performance. In that role, he oversees all aspects of training and nutrition for the men's basketball team.
Tarp played a pivotal role in helping lead the Terps to consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, including a berth in the Sweet Sixteen during the 2015-16 season. It marked the Terps’ longest run in the NCAA Tournament since 2003. In the 2015-16 season, Maryland started 15-1 – the best start in program history and finished the campaign with a 27-9 overall record No. 12 ranking in the USA Today Coaches Poll.
He has helped outline strength and conditioning programs for former Terps and current NBA players Alex Len (Phoenix Suns), Jake Layman (Portland Trailblazers) and Diamond Stone (Los Angeles Clippers).
Prior to being named Director, Tarp served as the Assistant Director of Basketball Performance at Maryland for the 2010-2011 season. Tarp assisted in all aspects of player development for men's basketball while also designing and implementing all resistance training, recovery and movement skill sessions for women's basketball.
Tarp also assisted in the fundraising and design efforts for the Terrapins new basketball performance center, which opened in October of 2011. The facility features state-of-the-art equipment that meets the specific performance needs of the Maryland basketball players.
Before arriving in College Park, Tarp served as a basketball performance intern at the University of Texas from 2008-2010. Tarp assisted with all aspects of strength and conditioning for both the men and women's basketball teams at Texas while concurrently completing his Masters Degree in Sports Science and Nutrition. During his time in Austin, Tarp also held graduate faculty teaching positions in the Kinesiology, Physical Education and Biology departments along with working as a Performance Specialist at renowned private training facility Train 4 the Game.
A native of Salinas, Calif., Tarp graduated Summa Cum Laude earning a bachelor's degree in Exercise Biology from the University of California, Davis, in 2006. At UC Davis, Tarp competed for the University's football team. He also received a department citation for outstanding research achievements in the field of Exercise Biology in 2006.
Tarp is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He is also a certified Level-1 Sports Performance Coach from United States Weightlifting Association, CPT by the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a certified Functional Movement Screen Specialist. He also performs coursework in Applied Functional Sciences.
Tarp and his wife, Rachel, reside with their daughter, Avery, and son, Trenton, in Dayton, Md.