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 the 2021 winner!

Paul Comfort, PhD, CSCS,*D

Dr Paul Comfort is a Reader in Strength and Conditioning and programme leader for the MSc Strength and Conditioning at the University of Salford. He is also an adjunct professor at Edith Cowan University. Paul is a founder member and accredited member of the UKSCA and currently a board member of the NSCA. He has authored / co-authored >150 peer reviewed journal articles along with numerous book chapters.

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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

*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:

2020 - Chad M. Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA  
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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