Member Awards

The NSCA is proud to recognize the outstanding work of our professionals around the world. Please take time to nominate your peers when you see excellence that deserves recognition.

Awards Overview

Career Awards

The NSCA Board of Directors determines the recipients of these three prestigious awards, which are given annually to recognize career achievements.

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Annual Awards

NSCA members are encouraged to nominate individuals for these awards, which recognize those who have made great contributions to the strength and conditioning industry.

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Special Recognitions

The NSCA Special Recognition awards are given to recognize the efforts put forth by those individuals who demonstrate excellence in their field.

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Annual and Tactical Award Nominations Open

Current members are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual for an Annual and Tactical Award. Self-nominations are accepted. Annual awards include: Educator of the Year, High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, Personal Trainer of the Year, Nutritional Research Achievement Award, Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist Award, Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award. Tactical Awards include: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Nominations for Annual Awards are being accepted through December 11 and nominations for Tactical Awards are being accepted through January 27, 2021.

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NSCA Fellowships

Fellows are an accomplished group of professionals whose frequent and sustained contributions to the profession have promoted the goals and activities of the NSCA. Application deadline is March 1 annually.

Fellow Emeritus

Current Fellows (FNSCA) may change their status to FNSCA*E if they are 60 years of age or older, retired or work no more than 20 hours per week as a Certified Professional, and have had 15 years of membership with the NSCA (does not have to be consecutive).

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Awards Calendar

National Conference Annual Awards
Nominations are open and will close December 11, 2020. These awards are presented during the Awards Banquet at National Conference. View the National Conference Annual awards: Educator of the Year, High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, Personal Trainer of the Year, Nutritional Research Achievement Award, Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist Award, Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award, and William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award.

Tactical Annual Training Annual Awards
Nominations will reopen September 2020. These awards are presented during the Tactical Annual Training opening ceremony. View the Tactical Annual Training awards: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year.

Coaches Conference Annual Awards
Nominations will reopen February 2021. These awards are presented during the opening ceremony at Coaches Conference. View the Coaching Conference annual awards: Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, and Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year.

All-American Strength and Conditioning Athletes of the Year
Nominations accepted throughout the month of February annually. Award certificates are mailed to the coach during April and the online listing of recipients will be posted by May. Learn more.

Strength of America Award
Application deadlines are May 15 and November 15 annually. Learn more.

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