Alvin Roy Award for Career Achievement

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. This esteemed 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 NSCA Board of Directors carefully deliberates to select the recipient of this prestigious award.

Congratulations to the 2021 winner!

Louie Simmons

Louie Simmons is a world-renowned Strength/Special Strengths coach and the founder of Westside Barbell. Every day, he is in the gym, watching and analyzing all athletic training from all his powerlifters, fighters, and track and field athletes. Westside Barbell is a living laboratory for Louie where he can undergo constant athletic experiments to push the boundaries of what is possible. He also has 30 athletes who deadlift over 800 pounds and four who deadlift over 900 pounds and 15 members who have a total lifting record over 2500 pounds, and seven over 2600 pounds total. Westside Barbell is the only gym in the world to have two over 2700 pound totals, plus five over 2800 pounds and one who has the biggest total of all time with 3005lbs. In addition to this Louie is one of three people to total elite in five weight classes with two-hour weigh-ins. Louie has published over 300 training articles, authored 10 books, and produced over 10 highly respected training videos. Louie Simmons is also the inventor of the Reverse Hyper® machine, Inverse Curl machine, Hip/Quad machine, Static/Dynamic developer, Athletic Training Platform, MR-19 Hamstring recruiter, and the Virtual Force Swing. He has been a strength consultant for the Cleveland Browns, Green Bay Packers, Seattle Seahawks, and numerous college football teams. Louie has worked closely with Kent Johnson, Johnny Parker, and Buddy Morris, and a host of other professional and top-level strength coaches. Additionally, he has trained two Olympic gold medal sprinters, Butch Reynolds and Moe Robinson, both 400-meter sprinters.

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Award Eligibility

Candidates are nominated by current member of the NSCA Board of Directors
Candidates do not have to be past or current members of the NSCA
Candidates are over 70 years of age or have passed on
Recommendations are submitted to board@nsca.com by December 15 each year

Past Award Recipients Include:

2020 - Michael H. Stone, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  
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 Radar  
1987 - Bob Hoffman  
1986 - Alvin Roy  
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