Rams strength coach Kent to receive national honor

May 1, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Kan.—Colorado State head football strength and conditioning coach Mike Kent has received national recognition from his peers for the work he has done in his distinguished career. Kent will be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) on Thursday, May 9, 2013, at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.

The honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, and the ceremony is undoubtedly the highlight of the association’s National Conference each year. Master Strength and Conditioning
Coach Al Johnson from Northwestern University will present Coach Kent with the blue MSCC Jacket.

Kent and Johnson both hail from Parkersburg, W.V., the same hometown that has produced a third Master Strength and Conditioning Coach, Scott Swanson, of the U.S. Military Academy.

Kent drew high praise from Colorado State head football coach Jim McElwain, who hired Kent at CSU shortly after taking over the reins of the Rams’ football program.

“Mike is one of the finest in the business,” McElwain said. “We are so fortunate to have Mike and his staff as part of the Ram football family. What he has done with our team has been incredible.”

Kent accepted his praise with humility and gave thanks for the opportunities he has had in his chosen profession.

“We are very fortunate to be blessed to surround ourselves with good people and not take this for granted,” Kent said. “It is an honor to be recognized with this award, and a privilege to work in this professional and to work with such dedicated student-athletes.”

Dr. Chuck Stiggins, CSCCa Executive Director, explained the significance of the honor and Kent’s qualifications.

“This is an incredible honor for Michael,” Stiggins said. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student-athlete and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Kent as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional.”

In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must first meet the following criteria:
1) Hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree;
2) Be a currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level;
3) Hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa);
4) Hold the CSCCa Certification – SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified); and
5) Have a minimum of 12 years experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level.

Twenty-two collegiate strength & conditioning coaches will receive the prestigious certification of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at the 2013 MSCC Ceremony: Mike Kent (Colorado State University), Sandy Abney (University of Texas), Robert J. Basile (St. Johns University), Reese Bridgman (Norfolk State University), David Deets (University of Arkansas), B.J. Faulk, Jason Gallucci (Princeton University), Mike Golden (University of Massachusetts), Alissa Goldman (University of Virginia), Aaron M. Hillmann (University of Illinois), Larry N. Jackson, Jr. (Texas A&M), Matthew L. Jennings (Xavier University), Troy Jorgensen (Missouri Southern State University), Scott McDonald (Georgia Tech University), Ron McKeefery (Cincinnati Bengals), Richard Pendleton, Jr. (Bethune-Cookman University), Rick Perry (Central Michigan University), Erick Schork (St. Louis University), Steve Tamborra (Georgia Tech University), Chad T. Wade (University of Nebraska), Cedric Walthaw (North Carolina A&T State University), and John Williams (South Carolina University). These twenty-two coaches will join the existing 115 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC’s to 137.