Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

The Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is given to an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) with RSCC distinction who has demonstrated dedication to improving athletic performance at the college level.

Congratulations to our 2019 winner!

Ashley Jackson, MS, CSCS, RSCC

Ashley Jackson joined the University of Michigan Strength and Conditioning staff as a Strength and Conditioning Coach in the fall of 2013. She is responsible for Women’s Lacrosse and Water Polo and assists with Volleyball. Additionally, she is the coordinator of the Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning Internship Program.

During her time at Michigan, Jackson has worked with 3 conference championship teams (Water Polo 2016-2018), 12 All Americans, and multiple all-conference honorees.

Jackson was a Professional Intern for strength and conditioning at the University of Michigan from September 2012 through September 2013. She was responsible for Cheerleading and assisted primarily with Women’s Basketball, Men’s Lacrosse and Women’s Soccer. Prior to joining the Michigan staff, Jackson was a graduate assistant at Nova Southeastern University during 2011-2012. There she worked with the women's soccer, women's tennis, women's basketball, women's volleyball, men's and women's cross country, and baseball teams. Before working at NSU, Jackson worked from 2010-11 as a Sports Performance Coach at Xcel Performance in Friendswood, Texas. Jackson also completed an internship during 2009-10 at the University of Houston, where she assisted the staff with the women's soccer, baseball, softball, women's swimming, and men's and women's cross country teams.

Jackson began college at Hardin Simmons University, where she was a goalkeeper on the women's soccer team. Following a transfer, she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 2009 from Texas A&M University, where she studied exercise physiology. In 2012, she earned a Master of Science in athletic administration from Nova Southeastern University.

Jackson is currently certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) as a Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC), and USA Weightlifting (USAW) as a Level 2 Advanced Sports Performance Coach.

Jackson is originally from Stephenville, Texas and currently resides in Saline, MI.

Ashley Jackson

Award Eligibility

Current NSCA Member
NSCA Membership - Minimum 2 years*
Current CSCS Certification
NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC)
Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Coach - DI, II, III, NAIA
Not a previous recipient
Cover letter, Resume or CV received

*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:

2017 - Domenic Reno, CSCS, RSCC*D, Western Kentucky University 2014 - Caitlin Quinn, CSCS, RSCC, Florida State University
2016 - Matt Shaw, MEd, CSCS, RSCC, University of Denver 2013 - Antony McClure, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, New Mexico University
2015 - Bo Sandoval, MS, CSCS, USAW-2, RSCC, University of Michigan 2012 - Jason E. Spray, CSCS Middle Tennessee State University

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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