NHSSCA National High School Strength Coach of the Year

This award is give annually to a High School Strength and Conditioning Coach in recognition for his or her coaching achievements and passion for the profession. The National Coach of the Year is selected from among the top coaches across the country and receives the unique, personalized Coach of the Year Belt Award at the National Conference. Nominations for all Coach of the Year Awards open online October 1st to December 1st each year.

Congratulations to the 2018 National High School Strength Coach of the Year!

Tobias Jacobi, CSCS, *D, RSCC*D, USAW-SP, TPI-L1, & USAT&F-L1

Coach Jacobi has been the Strength & Conditioning Coach Strong Rock Christian School for the last 5 years. Currently Coach Jacobi serves as the NHSSCA Georgia State Director and the Editor of Print & Media Content, while in the past he has served on the NSCA Advisory Boards in both Georgia & North Carolina. Prior to his time at Strong Rock Christian Jacobi spent almost 15 years as a collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coach at East Carolina, Charleston Southern, Kent State, Western Carolina, Elon, UNC, and Cumberland University. Tobias graduated from Cumberland University with a Bachelor of Science in Education with a minor in Health while also being a 4-year member of the Bulldogs Football program. During his career he has earned certifications from the NSCA, USA Weightlifting, Titlist Performance Institute, and USA Track & Field. Jacobi is an accomplished author on all topics relating to Strength & Conditioning; he has authored on strengthperformancedaily.com, trainheroic.com,elitefts.com, and nhssca.us. He also has presented all over the country on multiple Strength & Conditioning subject; he has presented at clinics in Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Nevada, Nebraska, Ohio, and Minnesota. Coach Jacobi is married to his wife April and has 2 little girls, Sydney & Millie.

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 two (2) candidates and submit them to the NHSSCA Regional Board Member.  The Regional Board Member will evaluate all submissions and select the top candidate for final submission for vote. After that selection, candidates not selected will be returned to the Regional Board Members and State Directors for selection of Regional and State Coaches of the Year.

Candidates must have a minimum of 5 years serving as a full-time faculty member in the role of strength and conditioning coach (private or public high school)

Must be a current NHSSCA Member in good standing.

Candidates must have accumulated the posted minimal requirements on the Coach of the Year evaluation criteria


Candidates must also qualify using the enclosed Coach of the Year evaluation criteria worksheet (PDF download) and submit a resume or curriculum vitae here.  All 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.


2018      Tobias Jacobi, CSCS, *D, RSCC*D, USAW-SP, TPI-L1, & USAT&F-L1, Strong Rock Christian School, Locust Grove, GA

Scenes from the 2018 National Conference Awards Ceremony