TSAC-Facilitator of the Year - RETIRED

This award is given to a TSAC-Facilitator who has made noteworthy contributions to the tactical field of strength and conditioning. Main job function (75% of time) must be in an active role within the military, law enforcement, or emergency services (firefighter/EMS) with a secondary job of leading strength and conditioning program for your agency/department.

This award was retired in 2020. Please reference the current awards here: Tactical Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year award and Tactical Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award. 

Congratulations to our 2018 winner!

MAJ Karen Daigle, MS, RD, CSCS, TSAC-F

Karen Daigle currently serves as a Clinical Operations Staff Officer at U.S. Army Forces Command at Fort Bragg, NC.  She previously worked as co-manager and performance dietitian for the U.S. Army Special Operations Command’s Tactical Human Optimization, Rapid Rehabilitation and Reconditioning (THOR3) program, which is now part of the U.S. Special Operations Command’s Human Performance Program. 

Prior to returning to the military after a break in service, Daigle worked as a sport physiologist and dietitian for the U.S. Olympic Committee.  During her 20 years of military service, she has served as an enlisted aircrew member in the U.S. Navy, as an aircraft maintenance technician in the Louisiana Air National Guard, and now as a medical specialist corps officer in the U.S. Army. 

She is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator, Registered Dietitian, and Certified Specialist in Sport Dietetics.  Daigle received her bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from Louisiana State University and her master’s degrees in Movement Science and Food and Nutrition from Florida State University.  Her primary area of focus is human performance optimization related to metabolism, physiology, and program management.

Award Eligibility

Primary occupation (at least 75%) as a current member of one of the following: law enforcement, firefighter/ems/military
Secondary responsibilities: Strength and conditioning program within department or agency
Current NSCA Member for 2 consecutive years
Current TSAC-F Certification
Nominated by a current member

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

Past Award Recipients Include:

2017 - MAJ Donald Bigham, MS, CSCS, TSAC-F, NSCA-CPT, RSCC 2015 - JD Edwards, TSAC-F
2016 - Mick Stierli, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D 2014 - Doug Briggs, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F, RSCC

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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