CEO Highlights Conference, Giving Back And Celebration Of Black History Month

Hello everyone and welcome to February!  As always, I hope everyone is well, the groove of the new semester has set in, and all your teams are in full training mode.

We have plenty going on in the CSCCa right now, as we are gearing up for our National Conference, which will be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. for the first time in our history!  We are looking forward to this new venue and all the city has to offer.  The Oklahoma City Convention Center is a $288 million, 500,000-square-foot publicly funded facility that opened in January of 2021.  It is a state-of-the-art facility with amazing views of the city skyline and a fantastic view of Scissor Tail Park.  We are sure you will thoroughly enjoy this incredible facility!

In addition to a great facility, we have a very dynamic speaker line up in place with top-shelf professionals in the field.  They will discuss topics including up to date training philosophies, professional development, student athletes’ health and safety recommendations, coach and student athlete mental health and much more.

In addition to our speaker line up, we will once again be offering our educational Pre-Conference opportunity provided to us by our Platinum Sponsor and Founding Partner, Gatorade.

One of the highlights of the conference will be featuring a new format for our MSCC Dinner and Induction Ceremony followed by a Celebration Social Hour immediately following the dinner and ceremony.  This social hour will be a great opportunity to congratulate our coaches who will have just received the coveted MSCC jacket as well as socialize with other MSCCs, respected colleagues and peers.

We will also have our second year of Exhibit Hall Bingo, extended hours of our opening social, as well as extended time for our annual brunch hosted in our exhibit hall.  It has been quite a while since we have all been together under one roof.  We want everyone to have as much time to mingle, network, and socialize as we can possibly provide.  We will be unveiling other activities in the exhibit hall as we get closer to the conference, so stay tuned for those announcements.

As an update, I would like to share that we hosted our job task analysis meeting as part of our NCCA Accreditation process in Charlotte, NC on February 3-4, 2022. Many thanks to the coaches who volunteered their time to be a part of such an important part of our accreditation process.  We could not do it without you.

In addition, I will be representing the CSCCa at a task force meeting in Dallas, TX, February 22-23, 2022, that will address the Prevention of Exertional Heat Stroke in Football Linemen.  At this meeting, hosted by the College Athletic Trainers Society, the Korey Stringer Institute, the Gatorade Sports Science Institute and the National Athletic Trainers Association, I will be presenting on The Science of Training Football Linemen.  Our goal at this very important summit is to produce a publication and consensus statement to aid in the prevention of exertional heat stroke.

The CSCCa has always been about education, unity and respect.  The spirit of those three concepts is driven by the spirit of giving.  It’s giving time to our student athletes.  It’s giving time to our interns, our programs and our colleagues.  Right now, we are asking all of you as members of the CSCCa to give.  We need you to give your time.  Give your time and make the necessary arrangements to attend the national conference.  It is the easiest way to get your necessary CEU’s and be around your peers and colleagues in the most enhanced strength and conditioning coaches experience of the year.

If you are an MSCC we need you to give your time and help in the administration of the practical portion of the exam.  Not only do we need all hands-on deck to help with the actual process at the conference, but we also need you to help be the face of the organization as our test takers come in for their one shot of the year to pass this portion of the certification process.  In my opinion, that is an easy service.

Another way to be of service to the CSCCa is to spend time with our younger contingency of strength coaches.  The MSCCs have been the driving force behind the growth and the enhanced sharing of ideas in our association. We need our MSCCs to help grow the knowledge base and professional enhancement for our ever growing group of young strength coaches. I have mentioned this in previous monthly messages – think of all the coaches you have learned from over the years.  Think of all the lessons your mentors taught you over your career.  For us to continue to be the gold standard in this business, we need to create more time for these concepts to be shared among our entire membership.

We have the greatest and most talented group of collegiate strength and conditioning coaches in the country under one roof at our national conference, every year.  It is the “who’s who” of collegiate strength coaches.  It is an all-star gathering of the professionals that coach collegiate student athletes on a daily basis.  The job you all do on a daily basis is one of the most unique, yet most sought after experiences in the world!  Think about it.  Where else in the world can you find collectively the most talented group of athletes, training under the most adverse conditions.

There is a long list of distractions from continuity in training.  That list includes inconsistent class schedules, practices, study halls, tutors, academic calendars that take students off campus for a few weeks then bring them back, the rigors of collegiate life that bring about inconsistent sleep patterns and sleep deprivation, inconsistent nutritional habits and the list goes on and on.  Yet during all that chaos, we as strength coaches find a way to get amazing results under the most adverse conditions.  This is why I can say we have the most talented group of coaches in the world.

How did we get to this point?  We have great mentors. We have great educators.  We have the most abundant and readily available sources of science and research in the history of our profession.  What sets the CSCCa experience apart from the others?  The sharing of knowledge, experience and ideas sets us apart.  To make our membership better and truly make it the most enhanced experience out there, we need to spend more time with each other, talking shop.  We need to sharpen each other’s swords.  I’m asking you to do that during this year’s national conference.

Finally, I want to take this opportunity to bring focus to Black History Month, celebrated in February every year.  In the 20-plus-year history of the CSCCa we have been very fortunate to have, as members, some very talented black strength and conditioning coaches.  This influential group of men and women brings a wide range of experience and years of service.  This respected group includes coaches who are considered pioneers in the field, coaches of significant influence, pillars of leadership, and many young coaches looking to make their own way in our great profession. During Black History Month, the CSCCa will be honoring many of these individuals for the significant positive impact they have made on our organization and on the young people they have coached.  Please be on the lookout for these spotlights on our social media platforms.