State/Provincial Director of the Year Award

This Award is given to a state or provincial director who has accumulated the most points during the year from April 1 to March 31, using the Evaluation Criteria format.

Congratulations to the 2020 winner!

Vanessa L. Cazás-Moreno, PhD, CSCS,*D, USAWL1

Cazás-Moreno earned her PhD from Concordia University Chicago with a focus in Leadership and Human Performance, her Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from California State University (CSU), Fullerton and Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Sport Management and History. She is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor in the Human Performance and Sport Science department at Tennessee State University (TSU), Nashville. Before teaching at TSU, she was a manager of a sport and medical facility, an adjunct faculty member at CSU Fullerton, a strength and conditioning coach in the private sector, and a wellness coach for special populations (i.e., COPD, stroke, cardiac patients). Cazás-Moreno is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a reviewer for their flagship journal, The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Also, she is USA Weightlifting, Level 1 certified. Her primary research interests are in human performance, specifically strength and conditioning, and post-activation potentiation. Cazás-Moreno has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and national abstracts, contributing to the human performance field. Currently, she is actively serving her industry as the NSCA Tennessee State Director.

View Cazás-Moreno's Press Release.

Past Award Recipients Includes:

2019 - Timothy Suchomel, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC  Triplett and Suchomel
2018 - Joseph P. Lopez, CSCS  Haff and Lopez
2017 - Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS,*D  Haff and Collins
2016 - Andrew Shim, EdD, CSCS,*D  Haff and Shim
2015 - Michelle Rathke, MS, CSCS  Rathke and Fleck
2014 - Chad Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D  Fleck and Kerksick
2013 - Ryan Johnson, CSCS,*D  
2012 - Maria T. Mendizabal, NSCA-CPT,*D  
2011 - Lee Anthony Glass, MS Ed, CSCS 2010 - Paul Moore, MS, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
2009 - Heath Pierce, MEd, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D 2008 - Scott J. Sahli, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
2007 - Karyn Gallivan, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 2006 - Paul Goodman, CSCS
2005 - Mark Nutting 2004 - Chat Williams
2003 - Kimberly A.B. Zaph, CSCS 2002 - Cory Warner
2001 - Christine Vega 2000 - Avery Faigenbaum
1999 - Patrick Mediate 1997 - Ollie Whaley
1996 - Boyd Peterson, Kim Ford, Ollie Whaley, and John Blievernicht 1995 - Dwight Daub, J. Henry Drought, John Kordich, Mike Lowe, and Richard Powell
1994 - Tom Cross, Doug Lentz, Tony Moreno, and Mike Lowe 1993 - John Kordick


Region 1: Doug Lentz

Region 2: Steve Plisk

Region 3: Gary Shankman

Region 4: Mike Lowe

Region 5: Dwight Daub


Region 1: Jeff Connors

Region 2: Edwin Jones

Region 3: Jesse Barksdale

Region 4: Tom Richardson

Region 5: Mark Reiff


Region 1: Gary Viles and John Waters

Region 2: Phil Emery

Region 3: Roger Finkemeier

Region 4: Paul Longo

Region 5: Mark Reiff


Region 1: Bob Cincotta

Region 2: Phil Emery and Bob Brosmer

Region 3: Open

Region 4: Ron Thomson

Region 5: Sam Varner and Dwight Daub


Region 1: Pat Ciccantelli

Region 2: Phil Emery and Allan Johnson

Region 3: Russ Ball

Region 4: Neil Wolkodoff

Region 5: Open


Region 1: Ray Moran

Region 2: Bob Brosmer

Region 3: Harley Dartt

Region 4: Rick Huegli

Region 5: Steve Schulz


Region 1: Wes Emmert

Region 2: Bruno Pauletto

Region 3: Russ Ball

Region 4: Neil Wolkodoff

Region 5: John Arce

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