Voting will become available on May 1, 2013 and voting will close on July 12, 2013. Ballots must be completed online or during the NSCA National Conference July 10 – 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, NV. To be valid, ballots must be submitted by Friday July 12, 2013, 12:00 noon (PDT).
Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
1993 – MA – University of Northern Colorado
Master of Arts in Physical Education with an emphasis in Kinesiology
1988 – BA – Doan College
Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
- NSCA Performance Training Journal Column Author, 2012
- NSCA Strength and Conditioning Journal Author, 2012
- NSCA Coaches Committee Member, 2010 – present
- NSCA Conference Committee Member, 2009 – present
- Associate Editor for Strength and Conditioning Journal, 2009 – present
- Chairman of NSCA High School Special Interest Group, 2008 – 2012
- Forum Moderator for the NSCA High School Special Interest Group, 2005 – present
- Article Reviewer for the Strength and Conditioning Journal, 2003, 2005 – present
- NSCA Colorado State Director, 2003 – 2005
- NSCA Strength and Conditioning Manual for High School Coaches, Contributing Author, 2003
- NSCA Education Committee Member, 1996 – 2000
Vision statement outlining the critical and/or substantive issues facing the NSCA, specific goals for the NSCA, and an indication of how such goals may be achieved.
One critical issue facing the NSCA now and in the future is how we can get our profession elevated to the level that requires coaches to be licensed to be a strength coach. This area needs to be addressed for personal trainers, high school strength / college strength coaches and professional coaches. If the NSCA could get the CSCS to be on the same level as ATC is for athletic trainers, PT is for physical therapist and licensing is for teachers then our profession would not only be respected but in demand by the general public, schools and sports teams. Currently any person who feels that they know lifting or is a friend of a coach can be hired as a strength coach or personal trainer. This has allowed the strength & conditioning field to be inundated with coaches who do not know or understand the scientific principles of strength & conditioning and they turn to illegal means to get positive results. If we as an industry hold ourselves accountable then it will help all sports because the general community will know and trust that athletes’ performance is from hard work and not an illegal substance.
The high school setting is one of the greatest areas of demand for strength coaches. Currently anyone who wants to work in the weight room can. This means you have teachers with absolutely no knowledge or understanding of the scientific principles of weight lifting teaching our youth. This has led to subpar teaching technique, lower performance levels for the athletes and more work for the college strength coach. By having schools require a teaching license and being CSCS to be in the weight room, it will have a positive effect on our youth athletes and the levels above it. This will also help with some of the “fly by night” performance companies who charge large sums of money to “professionally” train youth athletes and give the kids false hopes for playing at the next level through questionable results.
Another critical issue facing strength coaches/personal trainers today is pay/job security. With the large number of certifications available today, anyone can take a test, say they are a “certified” strength coach. Now employers are hiring a person who is not as qualified as a CSCS to be their strength coach/personal trainer for less money. Many times this leads to substandard workouts and gives CSCS strength coaches a bad name. This also allows employers to get cheaper help because of coaches who are willing to work for less.
All three issues can be addressed by getting strength coaches licensed. I know that it is not a miracle process and problems will still exist. However it is a step in the right direction for strength coaches/personal trainers. This process is a lengthy one that should be started now so that it protects the future of strength & conditioning coaches.