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 online October 1st to December 1st each year.

Congratulations to the Hall of Fame Class of 2018!


Coach Mike Nitka earned a Bachelors and Masters of Science from the University of Wisconsin at LaCrosse. His first and only professional job was at Muskego High School where he was hired to teach Health and Physical Education and coach football and wrestling while developing a strength and conditioning curriculum and program that he supervised for 38 years. Coach Nitka expanded and redesigned the weight room seven times, starting with an unused room of 1000 square feet and ended up with a safe and very efficient 8500 square feet facility. He developed and taught curriculums for the physical education department called Human Performance 1 and Human Performance 2 that would unify the schools S&C efforts. Credited in assisting with winning 149 conference championships and 16 state championships, Coach Nitka humbly states “we had great coaches and athletes”. He has been told that he has impacted over 10,000 students in his career. Coach Nitka was the 1996 High School Strength coach of the year and the Sampson Equipment Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year in 2004. He recently joined the newly formed NHSSCA and supports their vision and mission. He began and served a long term commitment as the NSCA High School SIG chairman and began the first HS tract during the national convention. He also was the Column Editor of the Coaches Corner, served two times as elected member of the NSCA Board of Directors and was the chair of the committee that developed the Strength of America Award. After retiring from Muskego, he had experiences that might benefit the next generation of S&C professionals and currently serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Exercise Science Department at Carroll University working with under grads who hope to become our future S&C coaches.

Eligibility & Selection Process
Candidates to be nominated by a current NHSSCA member in good standing. The nomination should sent to the NHSSCA State Director including the evaluation criterion sheet. The State Director will select the top three candidates and submit them to the NHSSCA Regional Board Member.  The Regional Board Member will evaluate all submissions and select the top three candidates for final submission for vote. The Hall of Fame Voting Committee will consist of NHSSCA Board of Directors and Hall of Fame Members. To be inducted into the NHSSCA Hall of Fame, a candidate must receive at least 75% of the votes.

Candidates must have a minimum of 15 years serving as a full-time faculty member in the role of strength and conditioning coach (private or public high school)

Candidates must have accumulated at least 50 points on the Hall of Fame evaluation criteria

The Hall of Fame Voting Committee will consist of NHSSCA Board of Directors (Founding and Regional) and Hall of Fame Members.

Any candidate that is not selected but meets the minimum requirements for election will remain eligible for vote of inclusion the following year.


Candidates must also qualify using the enclosed Hall of Fame evaluation criteria worksheet(PDF download) and submit a resume or curriculum vitae to their current State Director. Following the final vote, all selected candidates need to also submit a high resolution head shot (1MB or larger), a short biography (no more than a half page), any website, social media or other contact information willing to be shared, and a signed media release (enclosed) in order for us to promote the award and coaching recognition.


Class of 2018 Mike Nitka, MS, CSCS*D, RSCC*E, FNSCA, USAW

Scenes from the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony