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.  

Matthew Nein Photo
Matthew Nein Photo

Award Eligibility

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. 

Past Award Recipients Include:

2019 - Robert H. Jones, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E  Epley, Jones, Triplett
2018 - Matthew Nein, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D  Haff, Nein, Epley
2017 - Jeff Connors, CSCS, RSCC*E  Caulfield, Epley Connors, Haff
2016 - Ron McKeefery, MA, CSCS, *D, RSCC  Haff, McKeffery, Epley, Caulfield
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  

How is the recipient selected?

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.

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