Gentry Receives CSCCa's Highest Honor
Tech strength coach now one of only 36 worldwide to gain distinction
May 28, 2003

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - The Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) held its third annual National Conference in Salt Lake City, May 8-9, 2003. This organization represents collegiate strength & conditioning coaches from major colleges and universities across the country.

The culminating activity was a Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches Dinner and Award Ceremony, at which 10 collegiate strength & conditioning coaches received the prestigious certification of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

They were: Jeff Connors - University of North Carolina; Ed Ellis - Georgia Tech; Mike Gentry - Virginia Tech; Terry Jones - University of Alabama; Jonathan Jost - Florida State University; Mickey Marotti - University of Notre Dame; Ben Pollard - University of Alabama; Robb Rogers - Middle Tennessee State University; Wade Russell - Ball State University; Don Sommer - Texas Christian University.

These 10 coaches joined the existing 26 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC's in the world to 36.

In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, these individuals had to first meet the following criteria:

1) Minimum of a bachelors degree;

2) Currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach on the collegiate level;

3) Member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa);

4) Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association; and

5) Full-time, collegiate, and/or professional strength & conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years.

The Master Strength & Conditioning Coach (MSCC) certification is the highest honor that can be achieved as a strength & conditioning coach. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.