Director of Performance - Houston Rockets
Willie Cruz is an Athletic Performance Coach for the Houston Rockets and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. A Rochester, NY native, he graduated from Edith Cowan Univ., Fordham Univ., and Eastern Kentucky Univ. with a Master of Exercise Science, Master of Science in Media Management, and Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a concentration in strength and conditioning, respectively. Willie joined the NBA's OKC Thunder in 2017, and the Houston Rockets in 2019. Outside of the training facility, Willie is passionate about public speaking, traveling, reading, volunteering, and spending time with family and friends. He has committed to charity work with Shriners Hospitals for Children Medical Center in Lexington, KY and has participated in 5K runs for cancer, Alzheimer's, mental health, and heart health. Willie currently resides in Houston, TX.