Vermeil Scholarship Awards

Hall, Katers & Moore Named Lance Vermeil Scholarship Award Recipients

Three young strength and conditioning coaches were named recipients of the 2019 Lance Vermeil Scholarship Award at the 2019 CSCCa Annual National Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Aaron Hall of New Mexico State University, Kylie Katers of the University of Mary and Jonathan Moore of Lamar University were recognized at the MSCC Dinner on Thursday, May 9. The award is presented to those who’ve shown a commitment to having a career in the field, and have demonstrated tremendous potential and inclination for this unique profession.

The Lance Vermeil Award was established in 2012 and was developed in partnership with MF Athletic/Perform Better in memory of Lance Vermeil, who was an extremely qualified and dedicated young strength and conditioning coach. Coach Vermeil was committed to the profession of collegiate strength and conditioning, and most importantly, to serving and protecting the student-athlete. This was the first year the award was presented to two candidates, recognizing both a male and female coach for their hard work and dedication.

Coach Katers has spent time as an undergrad at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and as an intern at the University of Wisconsin, giving her experience in a DIII athletic setting in the sports performance center and also in a DI environment where she assisted with men’s and women’s basketball, hockey and golf, while being able to get direct experience with cheer and dance. During this time she also competed competitively in both powerlifting, and more recently, Olympic weight lifting.

Pictured: Rickard Blomberg, Kylie Katers and Al Vermeil

Katers has certifications from USA Weightlifting (Level 1), ACSM (CPT) and the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN), in addition to her degree in Exercise and Sport Science from the University of Wisonsin-La Crosse. Since joining the staff at the University of Mary, she has added certifications through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS), Functional Movement Systems (FMS Level 1), and Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR Level 1), all at the same time as starting her master’s degree in Kinesiology.

“Since day one she has been a sponge and has watched and learned. Not just from observation or a book but also under the bar,” Michael Silbernagel, MSCC, Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Mary said. “Although her title may say graduate assistant, she has grown to the point where she handles herself more like a full-time assistant coach… She is a tremendous asset to our staff and student-athletes and I am excited to see what her future holds.”

Coach Hall began his journey to become a collegiate strength and conditioning coach at the University of UTEP, where he was a graduate assistant for two years. After he left UTEP, he worked for eight months as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach at LSU with Tommy Moffitt.

Hall’s coaching duties at New Mexico State University (NMSU) include assisting with football and baseball, and independently coaching track and swimming. Another responsibility Aaron administrates is the enhanced meals each evening for football.  As with most non-power-five schools, NMSU does not have a nutritionist. Their enhanced meals are served in a back room of the campus cafeteria. Hall takes attendance at this meal and is responsible for replacing the empty catering trays, so that the food stays fresh and hot for the players.  He handles this responsibility with great care.

“Being a collegiate strength and conditioning coach is not just what he wants to do for a living, it is who he is,” Don Decker, MSCC, Director of Sports Performance at NMSU said. “He has worked for very little pay at two universities and at one for free. He has proven that no amount of pay is too low to do this job, as well as; no task is too small or menial. He is what I, as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, want the future of this profession to be built on.”

Pictured: Aaron Hall, Al Vermeil and Jonatahan Moore

Coach Moore, although an intern, is currently performing the balancing act of a typical Graduate Assistant, including a full academic load, designing sound sport-specific lifting and conditioning programs (intern curriculum), leading small Olympic sport teams, a part-time job and several other behind the scenes job duties, including weight room upkeep.

No task is too big or too small for Moore, as he takes the same pride and detail in each assignment from leading the women’s golf team, to coaching Olympic lifting technique for football, to restocking the supplements. Regularly operating on 5-6 hours of sleep, he trains every team with unwavering intensity and discipline. His time management skills and ability to respond quickly to change are constantly on display.

“With all that Jonathan has accomplished in the classroom and weight room, his best personality trait is his contagious positive demeanor that the student-athletes feed off of,” Lamar University Strength and Conditioning Coordinator Daniel Darcy said. “He has made relationship-building look easy, as the student-athletes he trains trust and believe in his coaching and knowledge. I believe Jonathan is a future leader in the field of strength and conditioning.”

More About The Lance Vermeil Scholarship Award

Al Vermeil, the father of Lance and a 2007 Legend in the Field of Strength and Conditioning, presented the recipients with the award at the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches Dinner and Ceremony on Thursday, May 9. The award was also sponsored by Eleiko Sport Inc., a CSCCa Platinum Sponsor, and official provider of all bars and bumper plates used in the SCCC Certification Exam.




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