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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 2018 winner!

Matthew Krause, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D

Coach Krause enters his fifth season with Major League Baseball’s (MLB) New York Yankees as their Director of Strength and Conditioning. Krause was named the 2013 “Nolan Ryan – Hammer Strength” Professional Baseball Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society (PBSCCS) Coach of the Year, which honors the “outstanding strength and conditioning coach in professional baseball” whose accomplishments, in the opinion of peers, reflect an exemplary dedication to strength and conditioning. In 2015, Krause represented the American League as the Strength Coach for the MLB All-Star Game. Prior to his 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Reds, Coach Krause spent three years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, serving as the Minor League Strength and Conditioning Coordinator and the Single-A Hickory Strength Coach. He has also worked with the Chicago Cubs as an intern with Single-A Daytona. Coach Krause earned his Master’s degree in Physical Education and Wellness from Central Florida in 1999 and his Bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science from East Carolina University in 1997.

Nominations will open again in September.

Matthew Krause photo
Matthew Krause photo

Award Eligibility

Current CSCS certification and Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) distinction
Be a current member for two consecutive years
Serve as a Professional Head/Director Strength and Conditioning Coach
Shall not have won this award previously
Nominated by a current member

Additionally, all nominees must qualify using a criteria sheet (PDF download) and submit a cover letter, resume/CV, and supporting documentation to nominations@nsca.com. 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 - Bill Foran, CSCS, RSCC*E - Miami Heat 2015 - Casey Bond, MS, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*D, Colorado Avalanche
2016 - Ashley Jones, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E 2014 - Joe Kenn, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, Carolina Panthers

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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