About Coach Srock:
Mike Srock is the Speed and Strength Coach for Byrnes High School, which is in District Five of Spartanburg County (SC) for the past 20+ years. Since joining the athletics staff as the Speed and Strength Director, Srock’s impact has been felt across the board. Since his arrival, the Rebels have won eight football state championships (’02, ’03, ’04, ‘05, ’07, ’08, ’10, ’11), three baseball upper-state championships (2010, ’11, ’12), two cross country championships (2000, 2001), three softball state championships (’05, ’14,’17), and one state championship each for basketball (2016), track (2019), and volleyball (2008) basketball. In addition, Srock’s regimen has also helped produce numerous individual state championships, including 25 state strength meet champions.
Coach Srock began his career at Byrnes as a volunteer middle school coach while serving as an ISS coordinator. It would not be long before Coach Bobby Bentley (FB HC ’95-’06, ’13) met with Srock after his first season at Byrnes. After revealing his prior experience as a strength coach at St. Thomas University, Bentley believed Srock would be a tremendous asset to the athletics program and almost immediately, Bentley promoted Srock to assist the varsity football team as a “speed and strength coach”. Employing a full-time speed and strength coach was a new concept in the high school landscape of athletics. Bentley said “Srock quickly made an impact on our program due to his tremendous work ethic and was always the first coach on campus and was always the last to depart.” Before 1999, it was not common to find a full time paid strength coach in South Carolina, but because of Srock’s impact, most high schools have brought in a full time staff member in the their weight room. Bentley says that Srock has “set the standard in the state.”
Elite athletes and coaches around the country seek Srock for help with building and implementing a speed and strength regimen. Srock spends a great deal of his time promoting the benefits of installing a speed and strength program for athletes. Amongst the thousands of strength coaches in the United States, few can boast the lasting impact that Srock has had on a community. However, Srock will never take credit for the impact he has made due to his humility.