NHSSCA Regional High School Strength Coaches 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 Regional Coach of the Year is selected from among the top coaches across the eight regions of the NHSSCA and receives a unique, personalized Coach of the Year Plaque.

Nominations for all Coach of the Year Awards open online September 1st through September 30th.

Congratulations to the 2021 Regional High School Strength Coaches of the Year!

Southeast – Region 1
2021 – Micah Kurtz, Windermere Prep (FL)
2020 – Mark Hoover, IYCA, USAW, York HS (SC)
2019 – Nick Ficker, CSCS, Ashville Christian HS (NC)
2018 – Rich Lansky, CSCS, Manatee HS (FL)

Southwest – Region 2
2021 – Deerick B Smith, Southside School District (AR)
2020 – David Neill, CSCS, SCCC, USAW, Liberty Christian, (TX)
2019 – Kyle Keese, CSCS, USAW, Denton Guyer HS (TX)
2018 – Monte Sparkman, CSCS, USAW, USATF, Richland HS (TX)

Rocky Mountain – Region 3
2021 – Jeff Decker, Mountain Pointe HS (AZ)
2020 – Mark Carnes, ThunderRidge HS (CO)
2019 – Clay Bewley, CSCS, USAW, Extrella Foothills HS (AZ)
2018 – Patrick Nolan, CSCS, Ponderosa HS (CO)

Pacific Region – 4
2021 – Nick Garcia, Notre Dame HS (CA)
2020 – Dan Berman, CSCS, St Margaret’s, (CA)
2019 – Ka’ai Spencer, CSCS, USAW, Hawaii Prep (HI)
2018 – Mark Wine, CSCS, USAW, De La Salle HS (CA)

Northwest – Region 5
2021 – Paxton P Paynter, O’Dea HS (WA)
2020 – Josh Fagan, CSCS,  Eagle Point (OR)
2019 – Tim Souza, MS, CSCS, USAW, ASPC, Kuna HS (ID)
2018 – Travis Osborne, CSCS, FMS, North Valley HS (OR)

Mid-America – Region 6
2021 – Tony Stewart, North Scott HS (IA)
2020 – Scott Meier, Farmington HS (MN)
2019 – Rob Brokaw, CSCS, USAW, North Bend HS (NE)
2018 – Stewart Venable, CSCS, Lincoln HS (NE)

Great Lakes – Region 7
2021 – Adam Lane, Decatur Central (IN)
2020 – Doug Gle, CSCS, Traverse City (MI)
2019 – Mike Winkler, MS, CSCS, RSCC, Archbishop Hoban (OH)
2018 – Mike Snyder, CSCS, Pn1, Trinity HS (KY)

Northeast – Region 8
2021 – Michelle Hart-Miller , Londonderry HS (NH)
2020 – Paul Kolody, ATC, CSCS, USAW, Hunterndon Central (NJ)
2019 – Frank Cremonese, CSCS, PES, Mt. Lebanon HS (PA)
2018 – Kevin O’Neill, CSCS, USAW, Noble & Greenough HS (MA)

Candidates are nominated by any current NHSSCA Member and must have a minimum of 5 years serving as a strength and conditioning coach (private or public high school). Candidates must also be a current NHSSCA Member in good standing and have accumulated the posted minimal requirements on the Coach of the Year evaluation criteria. The criteria highlights professional development as well as coaching achievements.