2023 Award Winners

Congratulations to the NSCA's 2023 award winners. This page will be updated throughout the year as new award winners are named.

2023 Career Award Winners

Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement Awarded to Ashley Jones

Ashley Jones has worked as a strength & conditioning coach in three professional sports, in seven countries, and across four continents in a career that has lasted over 30 years. He has spoken at numerous strength & conditioning and fitness conferences and seminars around the world and contributed articles to the NSCA’s journals.

Alvin Roy Award for Career Achievement Awarded to Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky was born on December 26th, 1932, in Leningrad, USSR (what is now Saint Petersburg, Russia). From 1949 to 1951, he studied mathematics at Lvov University in Ukraine and graduated from the Lvov Institute of Physical Culture in 1954. In 1957, he joined the graduate program at the Central Institute of Physical...

2023 NSCA Impact Award Honors Mark Stephenson

Mark Stephenson currently serves as the Program Director of the Center for Sports Performance and Research Team for Mass General Brigham leading tactical research initiatives. He brings over 32 years of experience in the human performance field. Previously, he was the Human Performance Program Manager for a special operations force unit at USSOCOM...

2023 Tactical Award Winners

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year, Guy D. Leahy, MEd, CSCS,*D

Guy Leahy currently serves as the Health Promotion Program Coordinator at Kirtland Air Force Base in Albuquerque, NM. Leahy is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and is CSCS®-certified.

Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, Ryan J. Fowler, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F, RSCC*D

Ryan Fowler is the Strength & Conditioning Coordinator in the Human Performance Program at the Naval Special Warfare Center. He entered the tactical strength and conditioning field in 2011 and has previous coaching experience...

2023 Peer Award Winners

Personal Trainer of the Year Awarded to Rocky Snyder

Rocky Snyder is a nationally recognized expert in human movement with 30 years of professional experience and knowledge. He is the author of several books on strength & conditioning and the host of the Zelos Podcast. Rocky has trained thousands of clients ranging from grandparents to professional athletes and Olympic champions.

High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Awarded to Andrew Caldwell

Andrew Caldwell has over 20 years of experience as a strength coach. He currently serves as the Director of Athletic Development at Spartanburg High School, where he coordinates training for each sport while giving oversight to the implementation of the Long-Term Athletic Development program at...

Educator of the Year Awarded to John McMahon

Dr. John McMahon is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Salford, where he leads the Sport and Exercise Research Group, the Sport Science program’s Strength and Conditioning (S&C) pathway, and the S&C module. The module also forms part of Salford’s Master’s degree in S&C, which is endorsed by the NSCA’s Education Recognition Program.

Nutritional Research Achievement Award Awarded to David Church

Dr. David Church is a physiologist and muscle biologist with over 50 peer-reviewed publications and multiple invited talks at regional, national, and international conferences. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science and Biochemistry from DePauw University, where he also played varsity football and baseball. Following this, he was an athletic performance intern at Baylor University...

Sports Medicine/ Rehabilitation Specialist Award Awarded to Scot Morrison

Scot Morrison is a board-certified physical therapist with a strong career in sports medicine/science. Scot currently works as a contract Sports Med Provider within the US Special Operations Command POTFF program. He also consults for a variety of teams and individuals through his company PhysioPraxis. Previous roles include a similar position within AFSOC, Director of Sports Medicine for...

Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award Awarded to Brandon Roberts

Dr. Brandon Roberts is a Captain serving in the U.S. Army as a Research Physiologist in the Military Performance Division at the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. His mission is to optimize Warfighter health and performance through medical research. CPT Roberts has a BS in Microbiology, MS in Human Performance, and PhD in Muscle Biology...

William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award Awarded to Margaret Jones

Margaret T. Jones is a Professor of Sport, Recreation, and Tourism Management at George Mason University, where she also serves as the Director of the Patriot Performance Laboratory in the Frank Pettrone Center for Sports Performance and a Beck Foundation Faculty Fellow. An active member of the NSCA since 1995, Dr. Jones received the NSCA Educator of the Year Award in 2008 and Fellow of the NSCA (FNSCA) in 2012.

Strength and Conditioning Journal (SCJ) Editorial Excellence Award Awarded to Jeremy Carter

In 2010, Captain Jeremy Carter became a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) while earning his Certified Strength and Conditioning Certification the same year. In 2015, Captain Carter became a reviewer for the NSCA’s Strength and Conditioning Journal. He has published work in numerous journals and presented research for the NSCA at state, regional, and...

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) Editorial Excellence Award Awarded to Ryan McGrath

Dr. Ryan McGrath is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at North Dakota State University. He also holds faculty appointments at the Fargo VA Healthcare System, the University of North Dakota, and the University of South Australia. Dr. McGrath completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Michigan and earned a PhD from...

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research (JSCR) Editorial Excellence Award Awarded to Timothy Suchomel

Dr. Tim Suchomel is an Associate Professor of Exercise Science and the Program Director for the Sport Physiology and Performance Coaching graduate program at Carroll University. In addition to his teaching, Tim is the Director of the Carroll University Sport Performance Institute and works as a human performance coach with several teams. Tim has served the National...

State/Provincial Director of the Year Award Awarded to Joni Boyd

Joni Boyd is a Professor of Exercise Science and the Advisor to the Coaching Minor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. She served as the National Strength & Conditioning Association State Director for South Carolina from 2018-2023 and currently serves as a member of the Educator Special Interest Group and CSCS Exam Prep Live lead facilitator. Joni has multiple certifications and credentials within the exercise science and nutrition fields, and...

2023 Coaches Conference Winners

Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year: Megan Young

Coach Young is a lifelong learner of optimizing for human performance, health and welfare, strategic integration of sport science, human optimization technology, data systems, and leading cross-functional management to support winning organizations. With over 15 years of high performance experience, she’s applied these areas of expertise in various roles including Strength Coach and High Performance Director spanning collegiate athletics, and women’s and men’s professional soccer.

College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year: Dan Wirth

Coach Dan Wirth is the Director of Olympic Performance at the University of Tennessee, a position he has held since December of 2018. He is instrumental in working with the Sports Performance staff to develop and coordinate Tennessee Athletics’ performance science initiatives and serves on the Athletics Sports Performance Team and Sports Science Committee.

Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year: Gary Calcagno

Calcagno is an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Oklahoma State University where he has been for the past 22 years. Calcagno assists Rob Glass, Assistant Athletic Director for Strength and Conditioning with football and Calcagno is responsible for the strength and conditioning of the Cowboy wrestling program.
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