Alvin Roy Award for Career Achievement

The esteemed Alvin Roy Award is given to an individual, 70 years of age or older, or posthumously, whose career achievements made a substantial impact on the scientific understanding, methodologies, or practice of resistance training as a component of sports conditioning.

The Award's Namesake

Alvin Roy helped establish strength and conditioning as an integral part of any training program. Roy was one of the first coaches to prove that lifting weights would improve both speed and power, and he helped debunk the myth that lifting weights made athletes slower.

Awardee Selection

The NSCA Board of Directors carefully deliberates to select the recipient of this prestigious award. Consideration is given in the following areas:

Overall Impact: How the nominee has impacted the scientific understanding, methodologies, or practice of resistance training as a component of sports conditioning.

Pioneering Qualities: Whether the work done by the individual was unique and innovative and not the proliferation or substantiation of previous strength and conditioning work. 

NSCA Support: Whether the nominee has supported the NSCA, or if pre-NSCA, would their work support the mission and goals of the NSCA today.


70 years of age or older, or posthumous
Nominee does not have to be a current or past member of the NSCA
Individuals must be nominated by a current member of the Board of Directors but recommendations may be submitted to the Board by any current member of the Association
Nominations must be accompanied by a brief supporting statement regarding the nominee’s qualifications for consideration for the award
Nominations and recommendations must be received by December 15 to be considered for the following year’s award


While the NSCA does not solicit nominations from the NSCA membership at-large for Career Awards, NSCA members may submit recommendations for the Board's consideration.

Past Alvin Roy Award Recipients

Congratulations to Our 2023 Winner

Vladimir Zatsiorsky

Vladimir M. Zatsiorsky was born on December 26th, 1932, in Leningrad, USSR (what is now Saint Petersburg, Russia). From 1949 to 1951, he studied mathematics at Lvov University in Ukraine and graduated from the Lvov Institute of Physical Culture in 1954. In 1957, he joined the graduate program at the Central Institute of Physical Culture (GCOLIFK) in Moscow. After completing his PhD and obtaining a tenure-track position at GCOLIFK, Vladimir dedicated 30 years to the institution, serving until 1990. In 1972, he was elected Chair of Biomechanics at GCOLIFK. During his tenure, he also briefly held the position of Director of the All-Union Research Institute of Physical Culture between 1986 and 1989. In 1961, Vladimir co-authored the first paper on strength training for elite weightlifters with the three-time World Champion and 1960 Olympic Champion in weightlifting, Viktor Bushuev. Later, in 1965, Vladimir published Motor Abilities of Athletes, which explored strength, speed, endurance, and flexibility training. This book has since seen five editions in Russian and has been translated into 12 languages. While working in the USSR, Vladimir was regularly invited...

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Vladimir Zatsiorsky
2022 - Mike Greenwood, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  
2021 - Louie Simmons  
2020 - Michael H. Stone, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  Triplett and Stone Career Achievement Award
2019 - Dr. Thomas R. Baechle, CSCS,*D (R), NSCA-CPT,*D (R)  Baechle and Triplett
2018 - Mel Siff, PhD Given posthumously
2017 - Terry Todd, PhD  Haff and Todd
2016 - Donald Chu, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA  Haff and Chu
2015 - Gayle Hatch  Fleck and Hatch
2014 - Dr. Tudor Bompa, PhD  Fleck and Bompa
2013 - Thomas DeLorme, PhD  
2007 - John Patrick O’Shea, PhD  
2004 - Edmund J. Burke, PhD, CSCS  
2000 - John Grimek  
1995 - John Terpak, Sr.  
1993 - Peary Rader  
1987 - Bob Hoffman  
1986 - Alvin Roy  
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