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The Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement

The Boyd Epley Award honors individuals who exhibit historical impact, achievements, and dedication to the NSCA over the course of their career. The Board of Directors carefully deliberates to select the recipient of the Boyd Epley Award, as it is the most prestigious award a Member of the NSCA can receive.

Congratulations to our 2019 winner!

T. Jeff Chandler, EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA!  

Dr. Jeff Chandler served as Professor and Department Chair at Marshall University and as Professor and Department Head at Jacksonville State University. He received his doctorate from Auburn University in 1986. Jeff has 12 years of experience in a clinical sports medicine setting at the Lexington Clinic Sports Medicine Center. He taught health and physical education at Bremen High School in Georgia for 10 years.

Dr. Chandler currently serves the NSCA as the Editor in Chief of the Strength and Conditioning Journal, the professional journal of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, serving in that position since 1998. He previously served the NSCA as research committee member (1989-1995), research committee chair (1995-1998), editor of Performance Training Journal (online), and editor of Tactical Strength and Conditioning Report (online). Jeff was recognized as a Fellow of the National Strength and Conditioning Association in 2007.

Dr. Chandler is a certified strength and conditioning coach and a certified personal trainer through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He served as a member of the United States Tennis Association Sport Science Committee from 2009-2012. He has served on the sport science advisory committee for the Professional Tennis Registry since 1989. Jeff was also recognized as a Fellow by the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport, and Dance Professionals and a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. He has over 150 presentations and publications in the field.

He is married to his wife Pam, and has two children, Britt and Kate, and has three grandchildren.

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Award Eligibility

Candidates would be nominated by a past president or the current NSCA Board of Directors
Candidates would have a minimum of 20 years of NSCA membership
Candidates would be at least 55 years of age
Candidates would have a minimum of 100 points accumulated from the criteria sheet

Additionally, all nominees must qualify using an evaluation criteria (PDF download) and submit a resume/CV and supporting documentation to In addition, qualifying nominees will be asked for media/public relations/communication officer information, a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a short bio, Twitter handle (optional), and a signed media release

Past Award Recipients Include:

2018 - Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 2008 - Bruno Pauletto, MS, CSCS, FNSCA
2017 - Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA 2007 - Gary A. Dudley, PhD, CSCS
2015 - Gerard Martin, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E 2005 - Steven J. Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
2014 - Lee Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D, FACSM, FNSCA 2004 - John Garhammer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA
2013 - Gene Coleman, EdD, CSCS, RSCC,*E 2000 - Mike Stone, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
2012 - Al Vermeil, CSCS, RSCC*E 1998 - Tom Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
2011- Everett Harman, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 1996 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA
2010 - Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA 1994 - William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA
2009 - Meg Ritchie-Stone, MS, FNSCA 1993 - Boyd Epley, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA
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