NSCA’s North Central Region

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  • NSCA’s North Central Region
    NSCA has a network of volunteer leaders who direct NSCA’s efforts at the state and provincial level. NSCA’s North Central Regional Coordinator provides oversight and training to local state and provincial directors. Members in the North Central Region can connect at local and regional events as well as on Facebook to others in this area.
  • States/Provinces in this Region: Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Manitoba

    Upcoming Events: The NSCA hosts state, regional, and provincial events throughout the year - Learn More!

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    North Central Regional Coordinator: Scott Sahli, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D
    Contact: scottsahli12@gmail.com

    Scott Sahli is currently the Head Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at Burnsville High School for all sports and the Head Olympic-style Weightlifting Coach. He retired from teaching and coaching at Northfield High School in 2011 where he was the Northfield High School Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for all sports for over 25 years. Sahli has presented at over 50 weightlifting and strength clinics throughout the nation, co-authored two DVDs, and authored a coaching manual and textbook. 

    Watch a welcome video from Scott Sahli here.

    State Director: Jed Smith, MA, CSCS, USATF-1

    Jed Smith is the Director of Strength and Conditioning and an Exercise Science Instructor at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) where he has been a coach and instructor since 2005. Smith oversees 18 NCAA Division 1 sport teams, as well as the staff that trains them. Prior to joining the staff at UNI, Smith was a strength and conditioning coach for the Minnesota Vikings (National Football League team), Minnesota Wild (National Hockey League team), and Minnesota Thunder (United Soccer League team).

    State Director: Ryan Johnson, MEd, CSCS,*D, RSCC,*D

    Ryan Johnson teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata public schools. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was named the NSCA State Director of the Year. Johnson is a frequent clinician, as well as a regular contributor to Training and Conditioning magazine and has written for Coaching Management magazine.

    State Director: Andrew Shim, EdD, CSCS,*D 

    Andrew ShimAndrew Shim is the Program Director of the Kinesiology & Exercise Science Program at the College of Saint Mary/Omaha, NE. His research involves stability and prioprioception in all age groups and functional abilities.



    North Dakota
    State Director: Michael Silbernagel, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Contact: mssilbernagel@umary.edu

    Michael Silbernagel is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Adjunct Exercise Science Professor at the University of Mary in Bismarck, ND where he has served since January of 2011.  Silbernagel oversees 17 NCAA Division II teams as well as the staff that trains them. Prior to the University of Mary he was an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colorado State University. Silbernagel graduated from Valley City State (ND) with his undergraduate degree and started his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of North Dakota.

    South Dakota
    State Director: Zach Mathers, CSCS 

    Zach Mathers is the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach and Head Athletic Trainer at the University of Sioux Falls in Sioux Falls, SD where he has served since June of 2010. Mathers oversees all 16 NCAA Division 2 sports teams as well as the staff that serves them. Prior to coming to USF, Mathers was the Director of Plus One Performance Programs at CNOS in Dakota Dunes, SD, and the strength and conditioning coach at Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa.  

    Provincial Director: Blake Wood, CSCS

    Blake Wood, a University of Manitoba kinesiology graduate, has been working in the field of strength training and lifestyle counseling since graduating in 2006. He is a passionate business owner and is committed to growing the field of kinesiology. Wood is currently the Chair for the University of Manitoba Faculty of Kinesiology Advisory Board and is the Regional Coordinator for the NSCA in Manitoba. He is the President of Pure Lifestyle where he works alongside highly educated and qualified physiotherapists and strength trainers. Wood is always striving to develop his field of practice. This is very evident from his work at the university level with students and committees, as well as his commitment to his clients.