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.

Nominations will open again in September.

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:

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. 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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