2013 Strength of America Award Winners

High school coaches are celebrated for raising gym standards for young athletes to train in safer conditions.

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition announced the winners of the 2013 Strength of America Awards. These awards recognize high schools that have represented the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs.

With the increasing numbers of inconsistent gym conditions and strength programs across the country, the NSCA and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition are working together to provide all high schools concise guidelines to improve their curricula. High schools are measured in four major categories: Supervision, Education, Program, and Facilities.

Selected from hundreds of eligible schools, winners were honored during the NSCA’s 36th Annual National Conference Awards Banquet on Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Paris Hilton and Casino, Las Vegas, NV.

The 2013 Strength of America Winners are:

  • Athens Academy located in Athens, Georgia with Coach Bryan Pulliam
  • Castle High School located in Newburgh, Indiana with Coach Joshua Wildeman
  • Castle View High School located in Castle Rock, Colorado with Coach Patrick McHenry
  • Charlotte Country Day School located in Charlotte, North Carolina with Coach Darnell Clark
  • Fellowship Christian School located in Roswell, Georgia with Coach Hunter Chadwick
  • Greater Atlanta Christian School located in Norcross, Georgia with Coach Gary Schofield
  • Homewood-Flossmoor High School located in Flossmoor, Illinois with Coach Steve Szymkowiak
  • Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas located in Dallas, Texas with Coach Jeremy Weeks
  • Marquette University High School located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with Coach Mike Duehring
  • Mesa Ridge High School located in Colorado Springs, Colorado with Coach Rob Braaten
  • Muhlenberg High School located in Laureldale, Pennsylvania with Coach Todd Eisenhofer
  • Muskego High School located in Muskego, Wisconsin with Coach Mike Nitka
  • Niles North High School located in Skokie, Illinois with Coach Mark Feldner
  • Niles High School located in Niles, Michigan with Coach Mike Michelakis
  • Prairie School located in Racine, Wisconsin with Coach H. Keith Owsley
  • Providence Day School located in Charlotte, North Carolina with Coach Tom Caruso
  • Robert E. Lee High School located in Springfield, Virginia with Coach John Girton
  • School of Human Movement Studies-Western Region Academy of Sport, Australia with Coach Stephen Bird
  • Woodruff High School located in Woodruff, South Carolina with Coach Andrew Caldwell

“We’re very excited to honor these schools at the NSCA’s National Conference,” says Boyd Epley, NSCA’s Founder. “It’s important to raise schools’ strength and conditioning program standards and continue to create an awareness to improve the education for all our youth.”

For more information regarding the Strength of America Award or to schedule an interview, please contact Greg Nockleby at 800-815-6826 or greg.nockleby@nsca.com.

Media Note: For additional information on the NSCA, visit www.nsca.com. To make arrangements for an interview, please contact Greg Nockleby at 719-632-6722.

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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