Follow-Up Regarding Final Overtime Rule

The June issue of CSCCa Monthly included information regarding the U.S. Department of Labor’s authorization to increase the maximum annual salary level under which over-time pay is required for salaried workers, as well as information regarding how it may potentially affect strength and conditioning coaches.

It is likely that some strength and conditioning coaches, whose salaries would qualify them for this overtime pay, may be exempt due to the teaching nature of their positions. This possibility is addressed in the June CSCCa Monthly article, as well. The applicability of the Final Overtime Rule to strength and conditioning coaches involves many factors that must be addressed by the legal and HR departments at each institution.

The CSCCa Board of Directors and National Office view this announcement and change in policy as an excellent opportunity for ALL strength and conditioning coaches, regardless of their salaries, to visit with their athletic administrators to discuss any salary/benefit concerns. One of the primary goals of the CSCCa is to educate athletic administrators regarding the value the strength and conditioning coach brings to the institution’s athletic department, as well as the level of foundational and practical knowledge and expertise required to design and administer SAFE and effective comprehensive strength and conditioning programs for student athletes.

Consequently, a letter was mailed to all NCAA Division I and Division II athletic directors in July emphasizing the importance of recognizing the unique skill set that is necessary to be proficient in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, and of compensating strength and conditioning coaches appropriately, regardless of what is decided regarding the status (exempt or non-exempt) of collegiate-level strength and conditioning coaches at each institution.

Another key point emphasized was the importance of providing ALL full-time salaried strength and conditioning coaches who do not receive overtime pay, time off during “non-peak” periods to offset those “peak” times during which the strength and conditioning coaches are required to work more than a 40-hour week.

We all know from personal experience the long hours that are often required of strength and conditioning coaches during certain times of the year.  This balancing of work hours is extremely important to ensure coaches a healthy and productive work/life balance, which in turn produces happier, more productive employees.

In summary, the goal of this outreach to NCAA athletic directors was to encourage a meeting with their strength and conditioning staff members to ensure that the concerns of the strength and conditioning coaches are being addressed and that they are being paid a salary that is commensurate with their required level of education, training and expertise. Strength and conditioning coaches at institutions other than those on the Division I and II levels who would like to request that a letter be sent to their athletic director should contact the CSCCa National Office at 801-375-9400 or at Please be sure to include the name and mailing or email address of the athletic administrator to whom the letter should be sent.  Any other questions or concerns should be directed to the CSCCa National Office as well.

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