Rod Cole: CSCCa Profiles With The Masters

Rod Cole, MSCC, is Assistant Athletic Director for Athletic Performance with Tarleton State University. In this Masters Profile, Coach Cole reflects on his decades of experience in coaching, shares what it takes to be a great strength coach, and explains the value of the CSCCa.

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.




Rod Cole leads the Athletic Performance program at Tarleton State University, and has coached more than 30 years at the college level. He received his Master Strength Coach certification in 2004 and was named the National Strength Coach of the Year by the Pro Football Strength Coaches Society in 1998. He is also a two-time recipient of the Big XII Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award (1997 and 1999). He has trained over 150 athletes who have gone on to perform in the NFL, NBA, WNBA, MLB, CFL, international professional basketball leagues, or the Olympics. Some of the most notable athletes trained by Coach Cole are NFL players E.J. Speed, Darren Sproles, Jordy Nelson, Von Miller, Ryan Tannehill, and Terence Newman. Several of Cole’s former assistants are now serving at all levels of sport in the strength and conditioning field. Cole, who has worked with more than a dozen current and former NCAA Division I head football coaches as well as former NFL head coach Raheem Morris. He graduated from Bethany College in 1984 before receiving his master’s degree in sports administration from Wichita State in 1988.

For more information on the CSCCa, visit https://www.cscca.org.

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