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 2018 Winner!

Joseph P. Lopez, CSCS 

Joe Lopez is the Head of the Health and Physical Education Department at Pope John XXIII High School. Lopez teaches 11th and 12th grade physical education, as well as exercise science. He was hired in 2016 as the school’s first full-time strength and conditioning coach. Lopez received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Science from Lynchburg College in Virginia, where he was a member of their baseball team. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS®) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and has been an NSCA Member since 2005.  Lopez is a published author for STACK Media and Strength Performance Daily on all topics of strength and conditioning for athletes of all sports. He is formerly an Advisory Board Member for the state of New Jersey and has since been promoted to the New Jersey State Director for the NSCA. Lopez currently works for Precision Sports Performance in East Hanover, NJ as a sports performance coach who creates individualized programs for athletes. Before joining the team at Precision Sports Performance, he worked for Inception Sports Performance and Center Court Athletic Club Tennis Academy. Lopez is a highly sought-after public speaker, who has presented at state, regional, and national clinics. Most recently, Lopez has been asked to present at the NSCA’s National Conference in the High School Strength Coach Track.  

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Past Award Recipients Includes:

2017 - Sean Collins, PhD, CSCS,*D 2016 - Andrew Shim, EdD, CSCS,*D
2015 - Michelle Rathke, MS, CSCS 2014 - Chad Kerksick, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
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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