Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award

The Professional Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is given to an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) with RSCC distinction, for their dedication to improving the performance of athletes with safe and effective science-based programs.

Congratulations to our 2020 recipient!

Joel Raether, MAEd, CSCS,*D, TSAC-F,*D, RSCC*D

Raether has been the Head of Sport Performance for the Colorado Mammoth lacrosse team of the National Lacrosse League (NLL) since 2007. During this 11-year stint, the Colorado Mammoth have reached the playoffs in all but one season. During his tenure with the Colorado Mammoth, the team has produced one NLL Most Valuable Player (MVP), Rookie of the Year, Goalie of the Year, Transition Player of the Year, as well as numerous All-Pros. He served as the Education Programs Coordinator for the National Strength and Conditioning Association from 2009 – 2011. His coaching career, which spans nearly 20 years, includes stints at the University of Denver and the University of Nebraska Kearney. Raether earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Exercise Science from the University of Nebraska Kearney and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® with Distinction (CSCS,*D®), Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator® with Distinction (TSAC-F,*D®) and also a Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach® Emeritus (RSCC*E) from the NSCA.

Raether has co-authored the books 101 Agility Drills and 101 Sand Bag Exercises, and was also a contributing author for Fit Kids for Life, Developing Agility and Quickness, and Core Training for Sport. He is published in numerous peer-reviewed articles and popular literature contributions as well as training DVDs. He is a highly sought-after presenter who has presented nationally and internationally in the area of sports performance and also served as a consultant to the Chinese Olympic Committee, The Chicago Tribune, New Balance, Men’s Health, SOBEFit Magazine, 9 News Denver, and Wellness News. He has trained athletes at all levels, including high school, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), National Hockey League (NHL), National Football League (NFL), NLL, Major League Lacrosse (MLL), Major League Soccer (MLS), World Cup Skiing, and the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). His coaching accolades include numerous All-Americans, over 15 conference championships, more than 10 individual or team collegiate national championships, as well as two Olympians and an Olympic Gold medal in Torino.

Joel Raether

Award Eligibility

Current NSCA Member
NSCA Membership - Minimum 2 years*
NSCA CSCS Certification
NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) 
Head S & C Coach of a professional sports team or Olympic Team
Not a previous recipient
Cover letter, Resume or CV included

*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:

2018 - Matthew Krause, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D - New York Yankees  Haff, Krause, Epley
2017 - Bill Foran, CSCS, RSCC*E - Miami Heat  
2016 - Ashley Jones, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E Haff, Jones, Epley, Caulfield 
2015 - Casey Bond, MS, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*D, Colorado Avalanche  
2014 - Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, Carolina Panthers  

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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