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 2020 winner!

Terry J. Housh, PhD, FNSCA

Dr. Terry J. Housh is the Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory and a Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Health Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Housh earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physical Education and Health Education K-12 from Doane College in Crete, NE in 1977, and Master of Physical Education degree and PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1979 and 1984, respectively, under the mentorship of Dr. Glen O. Johnson and Dr. Bill Thorland. Over his career, Housh has co-authored over 340 peer-reviewed publications, over 340 national and international research presentations, and twelve books in the areas of exercise and sports physiology. He has received Fellow status from the NSCA and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). Housh’s accomplishments have received recognition with awards including the Educator of the Year, Outstanding Sports Scientist, President’s Award, and Editorial Excellence Award from the NSCA. In 2009, the NSCA named an award the “Terry J. Housh Young Investigator Award” in his honor. Currently, Housh has 22 former doctoral students in higher education positions from assistant professor to dean.

View Housh's Press Release.

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 20 years of NSCA membership
Candidates are at least 55 years of age
Candidates must have a minimum of 100 points accumulated from the criteria sheet
Recommendations are submitted to by December 15 each year

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, social media account names (optional), and a signed media release

Past Award Recipients Include:

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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