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Resilience is the mental capacity to adapt and bounce back when things don’t go as planned. It is mental toughness. Most importantly, resilience is a skill and it can be developed.

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2023 Hall of Fame Inductee: Patrick Cullen-Carroll

Patrick Cullen-Carroll was a Physical Education Teacher for 37 years before retiring, and coached football and strength & conditioning at the high school and college level during his career. Pat has been a competitive Power Lifter and has coached Olympic weightlifters from the beginner level to the international platform.

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Upcoming Events

We ring in the new year with 3 State Clinics and 1 Family Day in January, and then another 5 State Clinics and 1 Family Day in February.

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Working Out to Leave a Legacy

Hunterdon Central Regional High School Strength Coach Paul Kolody honor a former Hunterdon student-athlete who passed away by holding an event where people give it their all in the weightroom.

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Coaches Corner: Jerad Johnson

Jerad Johnson is Athletic Performance Director at Pope High School. He provides insight on being a “Positive” Strength Coach, and how to implement these beliefs into your strength training program.

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Coaches Corner: Tony Stewart

Coach Stewart discusses how his track and field has influenced his strength coaching philosophies and what he hopes his athletes learn through participating in his strength & conditioning program.

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Pioneers of the Rack Bench System

Matt Purdy started a strength equipment company in 1996 under the name of The Equipment Guys, specializing in weight equipment for high schools and colleges. The company now operates under the name of Stray Dog Strength. From his athletic career and experience in the field, Matt realized an important trend in sports performance, the emergence of racks as the core strength training equipment.

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Coaches Corner: George Adams

George Adams is entering his fourth year as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Madison-Ridgeland Academy. Coach Adams discusses his strength training philosophies and the values he works to instill in his athletes, and how he begins the process before they become varsity athletes.

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Block 0 Program to Master Movement Patterns

Grant Stewart has been the Strength & Conditioning Coach and a Physical Education Teacher at Severance High School since the summer of 2020. He has also served as a D1 strength & conditioning coach for three years, and as a strength & conditioning coach for the U.S. Army Special Forces for two years. Coach Stewart discusses his lessons while working with the U.S. Special Forces and how they impacted his high school athletes’ training.

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Opportunity to Serve

At the 2022 NHSSCA National Conference, we spoke with attendees at our booth and took down information from those interested in serving the NHSSCA. We will continue to process those applications and seek out more individuals to serve. At the NHSSCA, we have the following opportunities.

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Fall Family Day Events

We have implemented a new and exciting format to our Family Day events to maximize the opportunity of growth for the NHSSCA. One of the big changes came from attendee feedback.

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Governance Board Update

As the NHSSCA continues to grow and support all High School Strength & Conditioning Coaches throughout the country, our organization has adapted to meet the demands it placed upon it. To this end, per an email sent out to all members in the past couple of months, we are in the process of creating a Governance Board.

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Check out our new website

At this year’s NHSSCA National Conference, we unveiled our new version of!  This newsletter format is a luminous example of our work to deliver

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Commit to Consistency

Discover how Coach Amber Burson at Lexington High School in Nebraska embodies a commitment to consistency with her athletes in a challenging world.

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2022 NHSSCA National Conference Recap

The NHSSCA pulled off another epic event in Nashville this year. Check out recap of the #FamilyReunion as we celebrate 2022 NHSSCA National Conference, the best high school strength & conditioning conference, one last time!

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We Exist To Educate, Equip, and Empower Coaches

The National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) exists to Educate, Equip, and Empower Coaches to make a lasting impact on the lives of student-athletes. We are committed to developing coaches that are trustworthy, knowledgeable, effective, passionate, and transformational