TSAC Practitioner of the Year Award

This award is given to a TSAC educator and practitioner who has made noteworthy contribution to the teaching and practical application in the field of tactical strength training and conditioning. Qualified nominees must be a certified member of the NSCA with a CSCS AND TSAC-F certification.

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winner:

Tyler Christiansen, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC*D

Tyler Christiansen is a veteran soldier currently working as the Human Performance Director for the Special Warfare Training Wing. Christiansen has worked the last 15 years with tactical athletes in the Special Operations Forces (SOF), fire/emergency medical services (EMS), and law enforcement communities, including as the Tactical Strength and Conditioning (TSAC) Program Manager at the NSCA, the 7th Special Forces Group, 10th Special Forces Group, a Special Missions Unit in the greater Washington D.C. area, as an Exercise Physiologist at the Army Physical Fitness Research Institute, and as a contractor in Baghdad, Iraq. Additionally, Christiansen has worked with sport athletes at Iowa State University, Illinois State University, and the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball (MLB) organization. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® with Distinction (TSAC-F*D®), and a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® with Distinction (RSCC*D).

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Award Eligibility

Current CSCS and TSAC-F Certifications
Current NSCA Member for 2 consecutive years 
Has not won this award previously
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:

2019 - Tyler Christiansen, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC*D 2018 - John Hofman, MS, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D
2017 - Mark Stephenson, MS, ATC, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D 2016 - Mark Abel, PhD, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D

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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