NHSSCA Hall of Fame
The NHSSCA Hall of Fame Award honors coaches who have made a substantial impact in the field of high school strength and conditioning over the course of their professional career. The NHSSCA Board of Directors and Hall of Fame Members carefully deliberate to select each member of the Hall of Fame, as it is the most prestigious award a coach can receive in our profession.
Nominations for the Hall of Fame Award open September 1st through September 30th
Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2021 – Kevin Vanderbush and Mike Srock!
Coach Vanderbush is in his 37th year as the strength and conditioning
coach for all sports at Ben Davis High School in Indianapolis,
and is a co-founder of the NHSSCA.
Kevin started the strength and conditioning program from
scratch in the mid-1980’s. His position involves teaching the Advanced
Weight Training class at Ben Davis – which is a class that
involves both strength training and athletic enhancement activities
for athletes – as well as continuing the strength coaching responsibilities
after school. Coach Vanderbush has played a major
role in transforming Ben Davis into one of the top high school
athletic programs in the country. (In 2005, Ben Davis High School
was listed 21st in Sports Illustrated Top 25 Sports High Schools in
Prior to 1984, Ben Davis athletic programs had won six
state championships in the school’s history, had never gone past
a Sectional in basketball or football – with only 11 winning seasons
in the previous 47 years of football. Since Kevin created the
strength and conditioning program, Ben Davis has won 23 state
championships: nine in Football, (including a National Championship
in 1991 – with five other top 10 national finishes) three in
Boy’s Basketball, four in Girl’s Basketball (including the national
championship in 2009), three in Cross Country, one in Boy’s Golf,
and three in Boy’s Track. Both the boy’s and girl’s Basketball teams
have been nationally ranked. Kevin has been on the sideline for
351 of the school’s 506 wins in Football.
Coach Vanderbush has received four major national awards.
In 2001, he won the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning
Coaches Society’s National High School Strength and
Conditioning Coach of the Year Award. Kevin earned the AFLAC
National Assistant Coach of the Year Award in 2003, and he won
the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) High
School Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2007.
He was recognized as American Football Monthly’s Samson High
School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2008.
Coach Vanderbush graduated from Purdue University in 1984,
and received his Master’s degree from Indiana University in 1995.
He received his Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
(CSCS) credentials through the NSCA in 1986.
Kevin and his wife, Becky, have four children: Ky, Brock, Kortney,
and Blake (daughter-in-law Lauren), who have all graduated from
Ben Davis High School, and two grandsons: Yale and Wright.
Coach Srock is retiring as the Speed and Strength Coach for the District Five
Schools of Spartanburg County (SC) on June 30. Srock’s status as a legend goes
beyond the walls of the weight room. He has made an impact on the entire
state of South Carolina.
Mike has worked with James F. Byrnes High School for the past 23 years. The
Rebels won the South Carolina 4A football state championship eight times in 10
years from 2002-2011. The Rebels also hold the distinction of earning the 2008
National SPARQ Training Challenge Championship.
Since Mike took over the strength program, the Rebels have sent an astounding
70 football players to post-season games (33 football players to the Shrine Bowl
All-Star Game, 37 players North/South Game); earned three Mr. Football Player
Awards (the best player in the state).
The Rebels currently have more active football players in the NCAA than ANY
other program in South Carolina, and have been recognized nationally by Maxpreps.
com as a leader in Division 1 athlete production.
And Coach Srock’s success in working with athletes at Byrnes extends well past
football. The list of accomplishments that teams have achieved from Srock’s
program includes: 25 State Strength Meet Champions; the volleyball team won
the State Championship in 2009; the boy’s basketball team won the State Championship in 2016; the softball team won State Championships in 2005, 2014, and
2017; the baseball team won the SC Upper-State Title and played for the SC State
Championship in 2010, 2011, and 2012; the Boys Cross Country won State Titles
in 2000 and 2001; and in 2019, the boy’s Track & Field; Field Team won their first
state title in school history.
Coach Srock has been a regional director for the South Carolina High School
Strength Coaches Association (SCHSSCA) from 1999-2016. He also served as
President of the SCHSSCA from 2008-2011. Srock has won numerous Coach of
the Year titles, including South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association (SCACA)
Assistant Coach of the Year in 2016, SCACA Strength Coach of the Year in 2001
and 2007, USA Weightlifting East Coast Gold Coach of the Year (20011), and USA
Weightlifting East Coast Gold Satellite Center Coach of the Year (2000). He was
named the 2008 Max Emfinger All American Bowl strength coach and defensive
Coach Srock was elected to the SCHSSCA Hall of Fame in 2017 and the SCACA
All Sports Hall of Fame in 2021. He is a 10-year member of the SCACA Executive
Board, having served as a director, 2nd Vice President, First Vice President, President (2019-2020) and is currently serving as Past President.
In addition, Srock is on the National Association for Speed and Explosion Board
of Directors, State Director and National Certification Board. He also serves on
the South Carolina Advisory Board for the National Strength and Conditioning
While maintaining an active leadership role within the state, he also maintain a
presence with national groups as a member of the Tsunami Bar Sports Advisory
Board, a Strategic Partner for High School Strength and as a Legendary Coach
with P(h)UEL 5.0.
He is a Level III National Coach with USA Weightlifting, a Certified Speed Specialist
(CSS) with NASE, a Bronze Level Coach with USA Wrestling, a certified SPARQ
Trainer and a certified kettlebell instructor with Kettlebell Concepts.
Srock and his wife, Judy, have two daughters, Carre and Teresa; a granddaughter,
Sterling; three grandsons, Raven, Ryo and Nikolas; great granddaughter, Alexandria
Leigh and great grandson, Pierce.