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 the 2021 winner!

Bill Allerheiligen, MS, FNSCA

Bill Allerheiligen has been a high school, college, and professional strength coach for 35+ years. He has served as a college instructor in Exercise Science, Kinesiology, and program design. During his career, he has been a college strength coach at Nebraska, Kansas State, Notre Dame, Wyoming, and the University of Arkansas-Littlerock and professional coach with the Houston Oilers, and the training of four World Champion boxers. Bill was the 1988 National Strength Coach of the Year. Additionally, he has been an active volunteer at local high schools and non-profits in his community. Allerheiligen has been a profound and active supporter of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. During the 70’s Bill became one of the founding member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the first state director for Kansas. In the 80’s, Bill served on the NSCA’s Board as the Vice-President of Development and Region III Director, as well as, assisted with the establishment of the CSCS, served on the CSCS Item Writing Committee, and on the Executive Council of the CSCS Agency. During the 90’s, he continued to serve on the Executive Council of the Certification Commission, served as NSCA liaison to NCAA, CEU Committee member, and State Director Board of Wyoming. From the 2000s to present, Allerheiligen served as President of the NSCA from 2003 – 2006, and since his presidency continued to be active on several committees including the Fellow Review. Bill is a native of Holdrege, Nebraska and presently lives in Mauldin, South Carolina.

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Award Eligibility

Candidates are nominated by a past president or the current member of the NSCA Board of Directors
Candidates must have a minimum of 25 years of NSCA membership
Candidates are at least 60 years of age

All nominees must submit a criteria sheet (PDF download), current resume/CV, and supporting documentation to

Past Award Recipients Include:

2020 - Terry J. Housh, PhD, FNSCA  
2019 - T. Jeff Chandler, EdD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA Boyd, Chandler, Triplett 
2018 - Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA  Haff, Fry, Epley
2017 - Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS, CSPS, FNSCA  Haff, Faigenbaum, Epley
2015 - Gerard Martin, MA, CSCS, RSCC*E  Epley, Martin, Fleck
2014 - Lee Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D, FACSM, FNSCA  Housh, Fleck, Brown, Epley
2013 - Gene Coleman, EdD, CSCS, RSCC,*E  
2012 - Al Vermeil, CSCS, RSCC*E  
2011- Everett Harman, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT  
2010 - Steve Bliss, MEd, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA  
2009 - Meg Ritchie-Stone, MS, FNSCA  
2008 - Bruno Pauletto, MS, CSCS, FNSCA  
2007 - Gary A. Dudley, PhD, CSCS  
2005 - Steven J. Fleck, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  
2004 - John Garhammer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FNSCA  
2000 - Mike Stone, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  
1998 - Tom Baechle, EdD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D  
1996 - Dan Wathen, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT*D, FNSCA  
1994 - William J. Kraemer, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA  
1993 - Boyd Epley, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA  
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