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Volunteer Spotlight: Eric Reed

Eric ReedEric Reed found his love for the weight room and making athletes better while he was attending Ironwood High School. Reed is certified through National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS*D®) and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC). He has served as the Arizona State Director and currently is the Rocky Mountain Regional Director for the NSCA. Reed is also serving as the High School Special Interest Group (SIG) Vice Chair for the NSCA. Reed has made his way back to Ironwood High School where he now serves as the Strength and Conditioning Coach, and assistant football and wrestling coach. Reed also runs the strength and conditioning programs for the volleyball and basketball teams. In 2012, he was the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the ArenaBowl Champion Arizona Rattlers.

1. How did you get started in your career?
I got my start as a strength coach at the first high school I worked at. They had an opening for the head wrestling coach. The athletic director approached me and said, “I need you to be the head wrestling coach. You have a background in strength and conditioning and that’s what these kids need.” I did not know much about wrestling, but I saw it as a chance to have a team of my own. We took 3rd place that year, and the next year we were runner’s-up in the state championship. The word got out about the success of these teams and I was able to help other coaches and wrestling programs with their strength and conditioning programs.

2. Who has helped you achieve your personal career goals? How did they help?
The first person who introduced weight training to me was my 7th grade teacher, Mark Gronwald. He taught me a lot about training and good eating habits.

Dr. Brent Alvar is another great help in my career path. His advice to me has been immeasurable. He is the smartest person I know. As a coach, his knowledge makes me see there is more to coaching than just being a coach.

Ron McKeefery has helped me so much in the past couple of years with everything to do with strength and conditioning. He is one of the most outgoing people in our profession. He is there to answer any and all questions regarding our profession. The love that Ron McKeefery has for our profession cannot be matched.

3. How has the NSCA helped in your professional career?
Without the NSCA in my life I would not be where I am today, and certainly not as successful. I first got involved with the NSCA back in 2006 when I attended a Fly Solo clinic with Boyd Epley. It was such a great event and an opportunity to learn from Boyd. After meeting with him and talking with him, I went home and told myself I was going to be the best coach possible for my athletes.

4. In what ways have you been involved with the NSCA?
In 2007, the NSCA Arizona State Director position came open and I jumped at the opportunity to serve for an organization that had given me so much. As the Arizona State Director, I got my first clinic together. I wanted to do things bigger and better than they had been done before. I asked the NSCA who the regional coordinator was, so they could help me get more involved. I was told that there was not one. My region makes up the Four Corner States (Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado). I took it very personally that we had no one in this position, so I stepped up and took the position. At the time only two of the four states had directors and there was not much activity to speak of. Now, all of the states in the Rocky Mountain Region have directors and have had multiple clinics.

This past year I was named as the Vice Chair for the High School Special Interest Group (SIG). This calling has let me express my passion for high school strength and conditioning. Helping other coaches and the profession of the high school strength coach is a big deal to me. We are at “ground zero” as we change young athlete’s lives for the better.

5. How has volunteering helped you contribute to your community?
With the service I give to the NSCA, I have been able to impact many coaches in Arizona and within my region. Getting that phone call or email from a coach or athlete to let me know that because of my help they achieved their goals is one of the best feelings I have experienced. My mentors have gone out of their way to make me successful, so I feel I owe it to them to make others successful.

6. What personal goals have you achieved by volunteering with the NSCA?
My service for the NSCA has molded me into a better person. I am a much better father and coach today because of my service to the NSCA. The service I give to the NSCA comes back to me tenfold. I have been places and learned things that would not have been possible without the NSCA in my life.

7. What advice would you provide to those looking to volunteer with the NSCA?
The advice I have to give about volunteering for the NSCA is, “do it!” It is an experience that you cannot get anywhere else. It is by far the best organization I have ever been a part of.

8. What advice would you give to those starting out in their career?
To those that are young to our profession and looking for their way, the more involved you get, the bigger your career will get. The NSCA has so much to offer, the opportunities are endless. If you are seeking employment, networking, or education, the NSCA has it all.

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