College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award

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.

Congratulations to our 2019 winner!

Robert H. Jones, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E!

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.  

Nominations will open again in September.

Matthew Nein Photo
Matthew Nein Photo

Award Eligibility

Current CSCS certification and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) distinction
Be a current member for two consecutive years
Head S&C coach at Division I, II, III, NAIA or Junior College
Shall not have previously won this award
Nominated by a current member

Additionally, all nominees must also qualify using a criteria sheet (PDF download) and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and supporting documentation to nominations@nsca.com. Qualifying nominees will be asked for media/public relations/communication officer contact information, a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a short bio, Twitter handle (optional), and a signed media release

Past Award Recipients Include:

2018 - Matthew Nein, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 1998 - Tony Decker, University of Delaware
2017 - Jeff Connors, CSCS, RSCC*E 1997 - Dwight Daub, University of Utah
2016 - Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC 1995 - Steven Scott Plisk, James Madison University
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  

 

 

 

 

1985 - John Gamble, University of Virginia

How is the recipient selected?

  1. All nominee criteria sheets are reviewed by the NSCA Awards Staff Liaison for minimum eligibility requirements.
    • Any nominee not meeting the minimum eligibility requirements are notified by NSCA with the requirement not met.
  2. NSCA Awards Staff Liaison reviews, against NSCA records, the NSCA involvement sections of the nominee criteria sheets who have met the minimum eligibility requirements.
    • Items not able to be verified through record or supporting documentation are noted.
    • Nominee criteria sheet points are not changed to reflect any items unable to be verified.
  3. Once the review of all nominees are complete, an application packet containing the cover letter, CV/Resume, supporting documentation, and criteria sheet of each applicate are submitted to the Awards Task Force Liaison.
  4. The Awards Task Force Liaison reviews the packet and separates out the top three nominees bases on points.
  5. The nominees are submitted to the Awards Task Force for vote.
  6. Votes are collected by the Awards Task Force Liaison, who shall not vote.
  7. The Awards Task Force Liaison will tally the vote and submit it to the Awards Staff Liaison.
  8. The Awards Staff Liaison will send out regret and congratulation notifications.
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