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 2018 winner!

Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA!  

Andrew Fry is a Professor of Exercise Physiology at the University of Kansas.  He received his degrees from Nebraska Wesleyan University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and Penn State University, followed by two years of post-doctoral training at Ohio University.  Dr. Fry was a faculty member at The University of Memphis for 13 years, where he was Director of the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory.  In 2007, he relocated to the University of Kansas, and in 2008, in collaboration with KU Athletics, he co-founded the Research and Coaching Performance Team to address sport performance research needs for KU student-athletes.  Recently, he helped create the Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory to further study sport performance.  During his academic career, Andy has published over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications, over 50 coach and practitioner-oriented articles, presented over 90 conference lectures and keynotes and over 280 research abstracts, and been awarded nearly 40 research grants.  Andy has been a board member and vice-president of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and President of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine.  Originally joining the NSCA in 1982, he later worked in the national offices as an editorial assistant for 4 years.  During this time, he met and interacted with many of the key contributors to the early years of the then-young organization.  In addition to his academic and research career, he has been very involved as a practitioner.  Andy’s post-college career began in the commercial fitness industry when he owned and operated a fitness center that sponsored numerous competitive powerlifters, weightlifters, body builders, and amateur wrestlers.  After completion of his collegiate wrestling career, he competed in over 50 powerlifting, weightlifting and body building contests.  Andy has coached wrestling, weightlifting, power lifting, and nationally-ranked youth baseball.  He has served as the faculty sponsor for three different university student weight lifting clubs, and has served as a volunteer in the strength and conditioning programs at 4 different universities and several high schools.  He is married to Dr. Mary Fry, a sport and exercise psychologist, and has two children, Jared (age 20) and Lindsey (age 18).

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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:

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
2008 - Bruno Pauletto, MS, CSCS, FNSCA  
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