Daniel Kant-Hull Wins The Gatorade CSCCa Young Achievement Award

Daniel Kant-Hull, assistant director of sports performance for Marquette University, won The Gatorade CSCCa Young Achievement Award at the 2017 CSCCa National Conference in Orlando, Fla. Nominees for the award needed to fit several criteria, including:

  • Be up-and-coming in the field, but proven in dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs.
  • Have no more than 10 years of experience in the field.
  • Have a well-rounded, holistic approach to conditioning, with knowledge and application of science, nutrition and communications.
  • Be SCCC certified through the CSCCa.

Kant-Hull has entered his second season with Marquette University as an assistant director of sports performance, focusing on men’s and women’s cross country and track and field, women’s tennis, and men’s golf. Prior to Marquette, Kant-Hull interned with the Cleveland Browns as a performance analyst. With the Browns, he was responsible for player tracking using Catapult GPS. He also spent time at Tulane University as an assistant strength and conditioning coach for the football and track and field teams. He also owns Division I athletic experience from the University of Iowa, where he was responsible for athletic workouts for all Olympic sports teams.

“As an up-and-coming strength and conditioning coach, Dan has profoundly impacted Marquette athletics in his two years here,” said Todd Smith, director of sports performance for Marquette. “We hired Dan to implement and coordinate the player tracking systems we have in place at Marquette. He has educated the performance staff on player load tracking, which has allowed Marquette to have a competitive advantage through not only its use, but understanding and exercise prescription using data analytics. He is my main resource when it comes to all things technology.

“Most importantly, Dan has focused on the development of people and relationships,” said Smith. “For him, it has always been about the athletes that he works with and the relationships they built together to create a championship mindset. He truly values the lifelong impact coaches have.”

Kant-Hull received the following prizes for winning the award:

  • Plaque presentation at the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches Dinner and Ceremony.
  • Two-night hotel stay at the CSCCa Annual National Conference host hotel.
  • Travel to/from CSCCa Annual National Conference city.
  • $2,000 grant for continuing education opportunities.
  • Gatorade gift pack including a branded jacket, towels, product and more.

“One of his best traits is an eternally optimistic view for success,” says Bill Maxwell, head strength and conditioning coach for Olympic sports at the University of Iowa. “He constantly searches for methods to improve his situation and has an expectation that it will occur. One must have vision before great things can happen. Dan found creative methods to supply his student-athletes with technologies that his department could not afford during his tenure at Tulane. He finds a way to get things done, which is an extremely valuable trait in this field.”

Gatorade is a Founding Partner and Platinum Level Sponsor of the CSCCa. Starting in 2017, Gatorade partnered with the CSCCa to create the The Gatorade CSCCa Young Achievement Award. This award is for an SCCC Certified Coach who is up-and-coming in the field but has proven his/her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs.

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