The College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is given to an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) with RSCC distinction to recognize their dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs.
Coach Jones said, “This is an incredible honor. To be recognized by the NSCA with this award is the high light of my professional career.”
After 13 successful years at the University of Missouri, Bob Jones became William Woods University's (WWU) first strength and conditioning coach on July 1st, 2001. After only one year with WWU, the injuries were cut in half which increased the performance and competitiveness of the Owls athletic teams. Coach Jones currently oversees the training of all 16 sports as well as mentoring three graduate assistants and several interns.
While at WWU, Coach Jones has worked with two national champions, four runner-ups, and over 130 All-Americans. Over the past 17 years, there have been over 80 conference championships and post-season appearances. Coach Jones has also worked with junior and senior high school athletes to prevent injuries and develop proper training techniques for the past 20 years. On January 21st, 2018, Coach Jones was inducted into the WWU Athletic Hall of Fame.
At WWU, he also serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Exercise Science Department since 2003. His other duties involve managing the Weider Fitness Center and recreation program. He has also been involved with Dr. Bryan Mann and Dr. Jerry Mayhew on research projects in 2017 and 2018.
Coach Jones became involved with the NSCA in 1987 and has served the association as the NSCA Missouri State Director on two separate occasions (1992-94 and 2008-10). In February 2015, he became an instructor for the CSCS Exam Prep Live Clinic program and received RSCC*E distinction in January 2016.
|Current NSCA Member?|
|NSCA Membership - Minumum 2 years*|
|NSCA CSCS Certification held for a minimum of three years|
|Head CSCP - Division I, II, III, NAIA|
|Three years as a Head College Strength and Conditioning Coach|
|Not a previous recipient|
*Consectutive membership is counted back from the date the award is to be conferred.
Additional requirements listed in the General Awards Criteria, include but not limited to, the nominee must be nominated by a member in good standing and nominees will be sent a criteria sheet to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline.
|2019 - Robert H. Jones, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E|
|2018 - Matthew Nein, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D|
|2017 - Jeff Connors, CSCS, RSCC*E|
|2016 - Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC|
|2015 - Douglas Smith, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, USAW, RSCC*E, Juniata College||1994 - Tom Cross, University of Oklahoma|
|2014 - Shannon Turley, CSCS, RSCC, Stanford University||1993 - Michael J. Clark, Texas A&M University|
|2013 - Andrea Hudy, CSCS, RSCC*D, University of Kansas||1992 - Rick Huegli, Jr, MEd, CSCS, University of Washington|
|2012 - Michael W. Favre, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, University of Michigan||1991 - Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC, North Dakota State University|
|2010 - Jonathan Jost, CSCS, RSCC*E, Florida State University||1990 - John Garhammer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA- CPT, FNSCA, California State University at Long Beach|
|2009 - Jeff Reinardy, CSCS, Winona State University||1989 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA Youngstown State University|
|2008 - Sara L. Wiley, MS, CSCS, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities||1988 - Bill Allerheiligen, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA University of Wyoming|
|2007 - Michael Rankin, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Drexel University||1987 - Doug Semenick, University of Louisville|
|2006 - Robert dos Remedios, MA, CSCS, College of the Canyons||1986 - Bruno Pauletto, CSCS, FNSCA, University of Tennessee|
|2005 - Michael Doscher, CSCS, Valdosta State University||1985 - John Gamble, University of Virginia|
|2004 - Gerard J. Martin, CSCS,*D, University of Connecticut||1984 - Thomas Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, Creighton University|
|2003 - Allen Hedrick, CSCS, Air Force Academy||1983 - Bill Dunn, University of Virginia|
|2002 - Joseph Kenn, CSCS,*D, Arizona State University||1982 - George Dostal, Clemson University|
|2001 - John Taylor, CSCS,*D, New Mexico State University||1981 - Keith Kephart, University of Kansas|
|2000 - Roger Marandino, CSCS, Brown University||1980 - Boyd Epley, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E, University of Nebraska|
|1999 - Jim Kramer, University of Northern Iowa|
|1998 - Tony Decker, University of Delaware|
|1997 - Dwight Daub, University of Utah|
|1995 - Steven Scott Plisk, James Madison University|
1. The process for selection shall be as follows:
a) Nominations must be received before the established deadline.
b) NSCA Headquarters will verify eligibility requirements and overall points for nominees have been met.
c) Qualified nominees will be notified.
a. If there are no qualifying nominees, the award will not be given.
d) Top three nominees based on points for each award will be sent to the Coaching Task Force.
e) The Coaching Task Force will vote for the winner.
f) The Coaching Task Force:
a. The Coaching Task Force will be volunteers selected yearly by the Performance Center Manager.
b. It will be apparent that the Task Force is impartial to the nominees.
c. The Task Force will be comprised of >50% non-coaching award recipients and <50% past coaching award recipients.
d. The Coaching Task Force will not notify the selected recipients.
e. The Performance Center Manager will notify the Awards and Honors Committee Chair of the winners.
2. The Awards and Honors Committee Chair will:
a) Notify the Board of Directors of the recipient.
3. The NSCA Headquarters will:
a) Notify the recipients of the award.
b) Send regret notifications.
c) Create a Press Release announcement of the winners.
d) Will verify attendance at the Coaches Conference Opening Ceremony or the National Conference Awards Banquet.