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.
In his 14th year as the Coordinator of Sports Performance at Salisbury University, Coach Nein oversees the training programs of 21 varsity teams, three graduate assistants, and an intern and volunteer staff of about 10. During his tenure as Coordinator of Sports Performance, Coach Nein has had the opportunity to work with 12 National Championship teams, eight individual National Championship athletes, and over 300 All-Americans. Coach Nein serves on the NSCA Advisory Board for the State of Delaware and is the chair for the NSCA Lacrosse Special Interest Group (SIG). While not training athletes, he manages all indoor recreational facilities and serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Applied Health Physiology Department at Salisbury University. Alongside his brother, Brad, he is the co-creator and writer for the blog, EducatedCoaches.com. This informational blog is dedicated to enhancing the experiences that coaches, parents, and athletes have while participating in sports.
Nominations will open again in September.
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
|2017 - Jeff Connors, CSCS, RSCC*E||1998 - Tony Decker, University of Delaware|
|2016 - Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC||1997 - Dwight Daub, University of Utah|
|2015 - Douglas Smith, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT, USAW, RSCC*E, Juniata College||1995 - Steven Scott Plisk, James Madison University|
|2014 - Shannon Turley, CSCS, RSCC, Stanford University||1994 - Tom Cross, University of Oklahoma|
|2013 - Andrea Hudy, CSCS, RSCC*D, University of Kansas||1993 - Michael J. Clark, Texas A&M University|
|2012 - Michael W. Favre, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, University of Michigan||1992 - Rick Huegli, Jr, MEd, CSCS, University of Washington|
|2010 - Jonathan Jost, CSCS, RSCC*E, Florida State University||1991 - Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC, North Dakota State University|
|2009 - Jeff Reinardy, CSCS, Winona State University||1990 - John Garhammer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA- CPT, FNSCA, California State University at Long Beach|
|2008 - Sara L. Wiley, MS, CSCS, University of Minnesota at Twin Cities||1989 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA Youngstown State University|
|2007 - Michael Rankin, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, Drexel University||1988 - Bill Allerheiligen, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA University of Wyoming|
|2006 - Robert dos Remedios, MA, CSCS, College of the Canyons||1987 - Doug Semenick, University of Louisville|
|2005 - Michael Doscher, CSCS, Valdosta State University||1986 - Bruno Pauletto, CSCS, FNSCA, University of Tennessee|
|2004 - Gerard J. Martin, CSCS,*D, University of Connecticut||1985 - John Gamble, University of Virginia|
|2003 - Allen Hedrick, CSCS, Air Force Academy||1984 - Thomas Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, Creighton University|
|2002 - Joseph Kenn, CSCS,*D, Arizona State University||1983 - Bill Dunn, University of Virginia|
|2001 - John Taylor, CSCS,*D, New Mexico State University||1982 - George Dostal, Clemson University|
|2000 - Roger Marandino, CSCS, Brown University||1981 - Keith Kephart, University of Kansas|
|1999 - Jim Kramer, University of Northern Iowa||1980 - Boyd Epley, MEd, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, RSCC*E, University of Nebraska|