Strength of America Award
  • Strength of America Award
    The Strength of America Award honors schools that exhibit the highest standards in the safety and success of young athletes.
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    The National Strength and Conditioning Association is dedicated to ensuring the safety of young athletes through the education and promotion of best-practices when training on the field and in the weight room. The NSCA is affiliated with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition to grant the Strength of America Award™, reaching out to high schools around the world to teach, implement, and encourage safe and effective strength and conditioning programs.

    Applications are accepted through May 15. Recipients will be announced at the NSCA’s National Conference.

    The Strength of America Award is presented by the National Strength and Conditioning Association in conjunction with the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

    Download the 2018 Application Booklet (PDF) 

    Special thanks to the Ad-hoc Strength of America Award Committee for helping to organize this award.
    Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA (Chair)
    Avery Faigenbaum, EdD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Jay Hoffman, PhD, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D, FNSCA
    John McCarthy, PhD, CSCS,*D

    2018 Recognized Schools

    School

    Coach

    Recognized Period

    AC Flora High School | Columbia, SC  Coach Micah Kurtz MS, CSCS, USAW, RSCC*D 2016-2019
    Athens Academy | Athens, GA Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC 2016-2019
    Battle Ground Academy | Franklin, TN Coach Fred Eaves, MAEd, CSCS, RSCC 2017-2020
    Bishop Watterson High School | Columbus, OH      Coach Brian Mong, CSCS      2018-2021
    Bond University - High Performance Training Centre | Gold Coast, QLD Australia      Coach Glenn Corcoran, CSCS, RSCC*E  2017-2020
    Cardinal Gibbons High School | Raleigh, NC  Coach Steven Wright, CSCS, RSCC*D and Coach Chris Morland, MS, CSCS 2016-2019
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO  Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC 2017-2020
    Cate School | Carpinteria, CA  Coach Erik Hansen, CSCS, RSCC  2016-2019
    C.E. Ellison High School | Killeen, TX Coach Bruce Cox, CSCS  2016-2019
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC  Coach Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 2017-2020
    Discovery Canyon High School | Colorado Springs, CO  Coach Sam Melendrez, CSCS  2016-2019
    Emporia High School | Emporia, KS  Coach Charles Randy Wells, MS, CSCS,*D  2016-2019
    Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School | Las Vegas, NV  Coach Matt Marty, MEd, CSCS, RSCC 2017-2020
    Father Ryan High School | Nashville, TN  Coach Mike Wilson, CSCS      2016-2019
    Greenwich High School | Greenwich, CT      Coach Patrick Mediate, MEd, CSCS 2017-2021
    Guerin Catholic High School | Noblesville, IN  Coach Jaimes Waymouth, CSCS, RSCC*D  2017-2020
    Harker Heights High School | Harker Heights, TX  Coach Garson Skelton, MEd, CSCS,*D, USAW, CISSN  2018-2021
    Hebron Academy | Hebron, ME Coach Jim St. Pierre, CSCS 2017-2021
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX  Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC 2016-2019
    Lincoln High School | Lincoln, NE Coach Stewart Venable, CSCS  2016-2019
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 2017-2020
    Mater Dei High School | Santa Ana, CA Coach Greg Vandermade, MS, CSCS  2017-2020
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO  Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS  2018-2021
    New Mexico Military Institute | Roswell, NM  Coach Tyrell Curtis, MA, CSCS  2016-2019
    New Richmond High School | New Richmond, WI  Coach Keith Badger, CSCS  2017-2020
    North Valley High School | Grants Pass, OR  Coach Travis Osborne, MAT, NSCA-CPT  2016-2019
    Orange Lutheran High School | Orange, CA Coach Carl Galloway, CSCS  2018-2021
    Perry High School | Perry, OH  Coach Mike Crissinger, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D 2017-2020
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC  Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC  2018-2021
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA  Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC  2016-2019
    Saint Francis High School | Mountain View, CA Coach Andrew Wun, CSCS, NSCA-CPT 2017-2020
    Spartanburg High School | Spartanburg, SC Coach Andrew Caldwell, CSCS 2016-2019
    Strong Rock Christian School | Locust Grove, GA Coach Tobias Jacobi, CSCS, RSCC*D 2017-2020
    The Peddie School | Hightstown, NJ Coach Mike Volkmar, CSCS 2016-2019
    Waukee High School | Waukee, IA Coach Jay Dahl, CSCS 2017-2020
    Wayzata High School | Plymouth, MN Coach Ryan Johnson, Med, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D 2016-2019

    2017 Recipients

    AC Flora High School | Columbia, SC | Coach Micah Kurtz MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, NBCT, USAW, FMS, NASE (2016-2019)
    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC (2016-2019)
    Battle Ground Academy | Franklin, TN | Coach Fred Eaves (2017-2020)
    Bond University - High Performance Training Centre | Gold Coast, QLD Australia
    | Coach Glenn Corcoran, CSCS, RSCC*E (2017-2020)
    Cardinal Gibbons High School | Raleigh, NC | Coach Steven Wright, CSCS, RSCC*D and Coach Chris Morland, MS, CSCS (2016-2019)
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO | Coach Patrick McHenry (2017-2020)
    Cate School | Carpinteria, CA | Coach Erik Hansen, CSCS, RSCC (2016-2019)
    C.E. Ellison High School | Killeen, TX | Coach Bruce Cox, CSCS (2016-2019)
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark (2017-2020)
    Davenport West High School | Davenport, IA | Coach Dave Jenkins, CSCS (2015-2018)
    Discovery Canyon High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Sam Melendrez, CSCS (2016-2019)
    East Ascension High School | Gonzales, LA | Coach Daniel McCready, CSCS (2015-2018)
    Emporia High School | Emporia, KS | Coach Charles Randy Wells, MS, CSCS,*D (2016-2019)
    Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School | Las Vegas, NV | Coach Matt Marty, MEd, CSCS, RSCC (2017-2020)
    Father Ryan High School | Nashville, TN | Coach Mike Wilson (2016-2019)
    Guerin Catholic High School | Noblesville, IN | Coach Jaimes Waymouth, CSCS, RSCC*D (2017-2020)
    Harker Heights High School | Harker Heights, TX | Coach Garson Skelton, M.Ed, CSCS*D, USAW, CISSN (2015-2018)
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX | Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC (2016 – 2019)
    Lincoln High School | Lincoln, NE | Coach Stewart Venable, CSCS (2016-2019)
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D (2017-2020)
    Mater Dei High School | Santa Ana, CA | Coach Greg Vandermade, MS, CSCS (2017-2020)
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS (2015-2018)
    Midway High School | Kingston, TN | Coach K. Ryen Minton, CSCS (2015-2018)
    New Mexico Military Institute | Roswell, NM | Coach Tyrell Curtis, MA, CSCS (2016-2019)
    New Richmond High School | New Richmond, WI | Coach Keith Badger, CSCS (2017-2020)
    North Valley High School | Grants Pass, OR | Coach Travis Osborne, MAT, NSCA-CPT (2016-2019)
    Orange Lutheran High School | Orange, CA | Coach Carl Galloway, CSCS (2015-2018)
    Perry High School | Perry, OH | Coach Mike Crissinger, MS, CSCS, RSCC*D (2017-2020)
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC (2015-2018)
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA | Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC (2016-2019)
    Saint Francis High School | Mountain View, CA | Coach Andrew Wun, CSCS, NSCA-CPT (2017-2020)
    Skutt Catholic High School | Omaha, NE | Coach Jeremy Moore, CSCS (2015-2018)
    Spartanburg High School | Spartanburg, SC | Coach Andrew Caldwell, CSCS (2016-2019)
    Strong Rock Christian School | Locust Grove, GA | Coach Tobias Jacobi, CSCS, RSCC*D (2017-2020)
    The Peddie School | Hightstown, NJ | Coach Mike Volkmar, CSCS (2016-2019)
    Waukee High School | Waukee, IA | Coach Jay Dahl, CSCS (2017-2020)
    Wayzata High School | Plymouth, MN | Coach Ryan Johnson, Med, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D (2016-2019)

    2016 Recipients

    ANU Sport and Recreation Association - The Australian National University | Canberra, Australia | Coach Glenn Corcoran, CSCS, RSCC
    AC Flora High School | Columbia, SC | Coach Micah Kurtz MS, CSCS, RSCC*D, NBCT, USAW, FMS, NASE
    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Avon High School | Avon, IN | Coach David Ballou, CSCS, RSCC
    Battle Ground Academy | Franklin, TN | Coach Fred Eaves, CSCS, RSCC
    Cardinal Gibbons High School | Raleigh, NC | Coach Steven Wright, CSCS, RSCC*D and Coach Chris Morland, MS, CSCS
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO |Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Cate School | Carpinteria, CA | Coach Erik Hansen, CSCS, RSCC
    C.E. Ellison High School | Killeen, TX | Coach Bruce Cox, CSCS
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Davenport West High School | Davenport, IA | Coach Dave Jenkins, CSCS
    Discovery Canyon High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Sam Melendrez, CSCS
    East Ascension High School | Gonzales, LA | Coach Daniel McCready, CSCS
    Emporia High School | Emporia, KS | Coach Charles Randy Wells, MS, CSCS,*D
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS,*D
    Harker Heights High School | Harker Heights, TX | Coach Garson Skelton, M.Ed, CSCS*D, USAW, CISSN
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Ironwood High School | Glendale, AZ | Coach Eric Reed, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX | Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC
    Laguna Blanca School | Santa Barbara, CA | Coach Shane Lopes, CSCS
    Lincoln High School | Lincoln, NE | Coach Stewart Venable, CSCS
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS
    Midway High School | Kingston, TN | Coach K. Ryen Minton, CSCS
    Muhlenberg High School | Laureldale, PA | Coach Todd Eisenhofer, CSCS
    New Mexico Military Institute | Roswell, NM | Coach Tyrell Curtis, MA, CSCS
    New Richmond High School | New Richmond, WI | Coach Keith Badger
    North Valley High School | Grants Pass, OR | Coach Travis Osborne, MAT, NSCA-CPT
    Orange Lutheran High School | Orange, CA | Coach Carl Galloway, CSCS
    Prairie School | Racine, WI | Coach H. Keith Owsley, MS, LAT, CSCS
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA | Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC
    Spartanburg High School | Spartanburg, SC | Coach Andrew Caldwell, CSCS
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, PhD, CSCS
    Skutt Catholic High School | Omaha, NE | Coach Jeremy Moore, CSCS
    The Peddie School | Highstown, NJ | Coach Mike Volkmar, CSCS
    Wayzata High School | Plymouth, MN | Coach Ryan Johnson, Med, CSCS,*D, RSCC*D
    Wesleyan High School | Peachtree Corners, GA | Coach Dustin Wolf, CSCS, RSCC*D

    2015 Recipients

    ANU Sport and Recreation Association - The Australian National University | Canberra, Australia | Coach Glenn Corcoran, CSCS, RSCC
    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Avon High School | Avon, IN | Coach David Ballou, CSCS, RSCC
    Battle Ground Academy | Franklin, TN | Coach Fred Eaves, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle High School | Newburgh, IN | Coach Joshua Wildeman, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO |Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, MPE, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Davenport West High School | Davenport, IA | Coach Dave Jenkins, CSCS
    East Ascension High School | Gonzales, LA | Coach Daniel McCready, CSCS
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS,*D
    Harker Heights High School | Harker Heights, TX | Coach Garson Skelton, M.Ed, CSCS*D, USAW, CISSN
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Ironwood High School | Glendale, AZ | Coach Eric Reed, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX | Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC
    Laguna Blanca School | Santa Barbara, CA | Coach Shane Lopes
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS
    Midway High School | Kingston, TN | Coach K. Ryen Minton, CSCS
    Muhlenberg High School | Laureldale, PA | Coach Todd Eisenhofer, CSCS
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    Orange Lutheran High School | Orange, CA | Coach Carl Galloway, CSCS
    Prairie School | Racine, WI | Coach H. Keith Owsley, MS, LAT, CSCS
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA | Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, PhD, CSCS
    Skutt Catholic High School | Omaha, NE | Coach Jeremy Moore, CSCS
    Wesleyan School | Suwanee, GA | Coach Dustin Wolf, CSCS, RSCC*D

    2014 Recipients

    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Battle Ground Academy | Franklin, TN | Coach Fred Eaves, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle High School | Newburgh, IN | Coach Joshua Wildeman, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO |Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, CSCS
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS,*D
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Ironwood High School | Glendale, AZ | Coach Eric Reed, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX | Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC
    Laguna Blanca School | Santa Barbara, CA | Coach Shane Lopes
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS
    Muhlenberg High School | Laureldale, PA | Coach Todd Eisenhofer, CSCS
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    Niles North High School | Skokie, IL | Coach Mark Feldner, CSCS
    Prairie School | Racine, WI | Coach H. Keith Owsley, MS, LAT, CSCS
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA | Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, PhD, CSCS
    Woodruff High School | Woodruff, SC | Coach Andrew Caldwell, CSCS

    2013 Recipients

    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle High School | Newburgh, IN | Coach Joshua Wildeman, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO |Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, CSCS
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS, *D
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Jesuit College Preparatory School of Dallas | Dallas, TX | Coach Jeremy Weeks, CSCS, RSCC
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI |Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO |Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS
    Muhlenberg High School | Laureldale, PA | Coach Todd Eisenhofer, CSCS
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, RSCC*E, FNSCA
    Niles North High School | Skokie, IL | Coach Mark Feldner, CSCS
    Niles High School | Niles, MI | Coach Mike Michelakis, CSCS, RSCC*D
    Prairie School | Racine, WI | Coach H. Keith Owsley, MS, LAT, CSCS
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC
    Robert E. Lee High School | Springfield, VA | Coach John Girton, MS, ATC, CSCS, RSCC
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, PhD, CSCS
    Woodruff High School | Woodruff, SC | Coach Andrew Caldwell, CSCS

    2012 Recipients

    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO | Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D, RSCC
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, CSCS
    Fellowship Christian School | Roswell, GA | Coach Hunter Chadwick
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, ATC/L, CSCS,*D
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS, RSCC,*D
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Mesa Ridge High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Rob Braaten, CSCS
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS, RSCC,*E, FNSCA
    Niles North High School | Skokie, IL | Coach Mark Feldner, CSCS
    Niles High School | Niles, MI | Coach Mike Michelakis, CSCS, RSCC,*D
    Providence Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Tom Caruso, CSCS, RSCC
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, PhD, CSCS
    Widefield High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Bob Tim, MS, ATC, CSCS

    2011 Recipients

    Athens Academy | Athens, GA | Coach Bryan Pulliam, CSCS, RSCC
    Castle View High School | Castle Rock, CO | Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D
    Greater Atlanta Christian School | Norcross, GA | Coach Gary Schofield, CSCS
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS
    Marquette University High School | Milwaukee, WI | Coach Mike Duehring, CSCS,*D
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS,*D, RSCC, FNSCA
    School of Human Movement Studies – Western Region Academy of Sport | Bathurst, Australia | Coach Stephen Bird, CSCS
    Widefield High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Bob Tim, MA, ATC, CSCS
    Charlotte Country Day School | Charlotte, NC | Coach Darnell Clark, CSCS

    2010 Recipients

    Castle View High School | Castle View, CO | Coach Patrick McHenry, MA, CSCS,*D
    Homewood-Flossmoor High School | Flossmoor, IL | Coach Steve Szymkowiak, MA, ATC, CSCS
    Muskego High School | Muskego, WI | Coach Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS,*D, FNSCA
    Widefield High School | Colorado Springs, CO | Coach Bob Tim, MA, ATC, CSCS