Annual Awards

Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

The Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year is awarded to a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with RSCC distinction, for their dedication to improving performance of athletes with safe and effective science-based programs. Beyond holding their current CSCS certifications, nominees must be current members of the NSCA for two consecutive years, a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and qualify using an evaluation criteria format.

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Know of a deserving individual? Award Nominations are September 1-15.

Nominations are accepted online between March 1-15 of each year for the High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist, Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist, Personal Trainer, Nutritional Research, Educator of the Year and Terry J. Housh Young Investigator award. Voting will be online between May 1-15. These awards are presented at the July National Conference.

Nominations are accepted online between September 1-15 of each year for the Professional, College and College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Awards. Note: Nominees must hold the RSCC distinction. Voting will be online between November 1-15. These awards are presented at the January Coaches Conference.

Joe KennCongratulations to Coach Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, with the Carolina Panthers for being the first in NSCA history to receive the Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award!

Want to learn more about Coach Kenn and his work with the Panthers? Check out our Coaches Corner with Joe Kenn!

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