Educator of the Year

The Educator of the Year Award is presented to an educator who has made noteworthy contributions to education and clinical application of strength training and conditioning.

Congratulations to our 2023 Winner!

John McMahon, PhD, CSCS,*D

Dr. John McMahon is a Reader (Associate Professor) in Sport and Exercise Biomechanics at the University of Salford, where he leads the Sport and Exercise Research Group, the Sport Science program’s Strength and Conditioning (S&C) pathway, and the S&C module. The module also forms part of Salford’s Master’s degree in S&C, which is endorsed by the NSCA’s Education Recognition Program. John has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the NSCA since 2010. He has co-authored multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and conference presentations with many postgraduate and undergraduate students. John has co-edited two S&C textbooks and co-authored multiple chapters in four other S&C textbooks. John received an NSCA Foundation Doctoral Research Grant whilst undertaking his PhD in 2012, with the resulting research earning him the Outstanding Podium Abstract Presentation Award at the 2014 NSCA National Conference. In 2018, one of his PhD students also received an NSCA Foundation Doctoral Research Grant to support their research. Since 2018, John has been an invited speaker at several major S&C, Sport Science, and Sport Biomechanics international conferences, primarily to present his research on force plate testing sport. He has also produced educational videos on force plates for NSCA TV. John is currently an NSCA Foundation Grant Committee Member, having served as a Grant Reviewer for the Foundation in the previous three years.

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Award Eligibility

NSCA Membership for 2 consecutive years*
NSCA Certification (CSCS or NSCA-CPT)
Degrees conferred
Has not received award previously

*Consecutive 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 evaluation form to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline. 

Past Award Recipients Include:

2022 - David H. Fukuda, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA LZ8A8938-David-Fukuda-Educator-Award-web (002).jpg
2021 - Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2020 - Chad M. Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA  Triplett and Kerksick Educator of the Year
2019 - Rhodri S. Lloyd, PhD, CSCS,*D  Triplett and Lloyd
2017 - Matt Stock, PhD, CSCS,*D  Haff and Stock
2016 - Brent A. Alvar, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FACSM, FNSCA Haff and Alvar
2015 - Jeffrey R. Stout, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  Stout and Fleck
2014 - Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS*D, FNSCA  Fleck and Fry
2013 - Jared Coburn, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA, FACSM  
2012 - Michael A. Martino, PhD, CSCS  
2010 - Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
2009 - Jose Antonio, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  
2008 - Margaret T. Jones, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2007 - Ellyn M. Robinson, DPE, CSCS,*D  
2006 - Terry Housh, PhD, FNSCA  
2005 - David R. Pearson, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2004 - Mike Greenwood, PhD, CSCS,*D  
2003 - Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D  
2002 - William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS  

How is this recipient selected?

  1. Nominations must be received before the established deadline.
  2. NSCA Headquarters will verify Eligibility Requirements, minimum category requirements, and overall points for nominees have been met.
  3. Qualified nominees will be notified.
    • If there are no qualifying nominees, the award will not be given.
  4. Top three nominees based on points will be sent to the Education Chair. The Education Chair will organize the vote.
    • Voting participants should be comprised of >50% Education Committee Members, with the remainder coming from past Educator of the Year award recipients.
    • Current Education Committee members are not eligible for this award.
    • The Chair will notify NSCA Headquarters and the Awards and Honors Committee Chair of the vote result.
    • The Education Committee will not notify the recipient.
  5. The Awards and Honors Committee Chair will:
    • Notify the Board of Directors of the recipient
  6. The NSCA National Headquarters will:
    • Notify the recipient of the award.
    • Send regret notifications.
    • Create a Press Release announcement of the winner.
    • Will verify attendance at the National Conference awards banquet.
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