- Many of the same strengths as the full-time Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.
- Being involved full-time in the daily on-goings of the high school allows the strength and conditioning professional the best opportunity to promote their program and gain the trust of the students and administration.
- Ability to build trust with coaches and have ongoing communication with sport coaches to understand and have a balance of training and sport practice.
- Training students during the day in a PE class eliminates conflicts with after school practices.
- A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist is most qualified to implement an educational curriculum to coincide with the training program during PE class. This helps improve athlete buy-in and addresses several national PE standards as well.
- Ability to build a quadrennial plan from 9th grade to 12th grade.
- Compensation: potentially the most financially rewarding option (i.e., full-time teaching salary, benefits, and possibly a coaching stipend for before/after school).
- Eliminates programming and coaching bias that may occur when a sport coach is in charge of these duties (i.e., a football coach programming for his athletes instead of the needs of the entire athletic department).
- The weight room is one of the best breeding grounds for success in all areas of life. The impact the full time coach can make on young athlete’s character development and the school and community is immeasurable.
- Topics discussed in a health education curriculum will help a strength and conditioning coach gain credibility as topics such as nutrition and sleep are in his/her scope of practice.
- In a public school, a professional teaching license is usually required. This may eliminate a large portion of the qualified candidate pool since many people who pursued strength and conditioning in college did not follow a teacher education track.
- Duties may include teaching other traditional physical education or health education classes. Again, this may be challenging or less than desirable for someone who wants to solely focus on strength and conditioning for athletes.