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.

Not awarded in 2019.

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 2015 - Casey Bond, MS, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*D, Colorado Avalanche
2017 - Bill Foran, CSCS, RSCC*E - Miami Heat 2014 - Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, Carolina Panthers
2016 - Ashley Jones, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E  

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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