Istvan "Steve" JavorekDirector of Fitness
Istvan “Steve” Javorek enters his 24th season as JCCC’s head strength and conditioning coach. He supervises the strength and conditioning program for JCCC’s 18 sports and serves as a professor of fitness in the physical education department. In 1990 and 1991, Javorek was a nominee for the JCCC Burlington Northern outstanding teacher award.
Every head coach will tell you that strength and conditioning play a large role in the success of the team. In Javorek’s 20-year career at JCCC, he has been a part of 10 national championships, 90 Region VI titles, 121 East Jayhawk Conference championships and 68 teams have finished in the top five in national championship play.
An ethnic Hungarian from Romania, Javorek came to the United States in 1983. He was hired as the assistant coach of strength and conditioning at Texas A&M and his duties included coaching track and field and working with women’s athletics. His efforts at A&M helped runner Floyd Heard defeat Carl Lewis in the 200-meter dash and he played a key role in the development of Randy Barnes into world record holder and Olympic champion in the shot put. Javorek’s services also helped the Aggies women’s softball team win the College World Series. He also served as A&M’s weightlifting coach.
In Romania, Javorek was head coach of the Romanian Olympic weightlifting team. For 18 years, he was the head coach-athletics director of Clujana Sports Club. He also earned a master’s degree in coaching. In December of 1992, Romania awarded him with its highest coaching honor, the Emeritus Coaching Award.
Javorek is well respected in his profession. From 1985 to 2001, he was a speaker-lecturer nine times at the National Strength and Conditioning Association conferences. Javorek also has had over 60 published articles in various sports journals and magazines.
On March 23, 2002, Javorek was inducted into the Missouri Valley Weightlifting Hall of Fame, and on June 2, 2003, he earned induction into the USA Strength and Conditioning Hall of Fame.