High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year

The High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is awarded to a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) with RSCC distinction who has demonstrated excellence the field of high school strength and conditioning.

Current members are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual for High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. Nominees must meet the Award Eligibility outlined below to be considered.

Not awarded in 2019.

Award Eligibility

Current NSCA Member
NSCA Membership - Minimum 2 years
Current CSCS Certification
NSCA Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach (RSCC) 
2 years of paid employment as a strength and conditioning professional
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:

2018 - James McFarland Jr, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 2003 - Larry Meadors, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
2017 - Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 2002 - Rosalin Hanna, CSCS,*D
2016 - Micah Kurtz, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D 2001 - Stephen Nunnink
2015 - Fred Eaves, MEd, CSCS, RSCC 2000 - Patrick Mediate
2014 - Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS, RSCC*D 1999 - Bud Bjornaraa
2013 - Mike Duehring, MS, CSCS, RSCC,*D, USAW 1998 - Robbie Robinson
2012 - Gary E. Schofield Jr, CSCS,*D 1997 - Ron Thomson
2010 - Scott J. Sahli, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D 1996 - Mike Nitka
2009 - Adam Beard, CSCS 1995 - Steve Kenyon
2008 - Charles R. Wells, MS, CSCS,*D 1994 - Edwin Jones
2007 - Kevin Vanderbush, MS, CSCS 1993 - Dan Burk
2006 - Ian Jeffreys, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT 1992 - Mike Burgener
2005 - Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC 1991 - John Waters
2004 - Bruce Harbach, CSCS,*D  

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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