Mark Uptegraff, SCCC, is Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for Wittenberg University. As the 2022 winner of the Gatorade Young Achievement Award from the CSCCa, Coach Uptegraff describes the role that mentors have played in both his life and career, shares practical ideas for aspiring strength coaches to progress in the profession, and explains what winning the Gatorade Young Achievement Award means to him.
In his video, which you can watch above, he answers the following questions. If you’d like to hear the answers to individual questions, click the links below.
- What sparked your interest in the field of strength and conditioning?
- What does winning the Gatorade Young Achievement Award mean to you?
- Who is one mentor that made a large impact on you?
- What is one piece of advice that has stuck with you?
- What advice would you give to aspiring strength coaches?
- What does the CSCCa mean to you?
Uptegraff joined Wittenberg after two years as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, where he also obtained a master of education three years after earning his bachelor of arts in exercise and sport science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While an undergraduate at North Carolina, Uptegraff served as the strength and conditioning intern and a student coach for the Tar Heel football team during the 2017-18 school year. From 2014-17, Uptegraff was an offensive lineman for the North Carolina football team.
For more information on the CSCCa, visit https://www.cscca.org.
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