Cole Named Finalist for NSCA Professional of the Year Award
Jason Cole

Oct. 18, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- University of Michigan Olympic sports assistant strength and conditioning coach Jason Cole has been named one of three candidates for the 2013 National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Professional of the Year Award, announced Friday (Oct. 18) by NSCA founder Boyd Epley. The College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is given to an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) who has demonstrated dedication to improving athletic performance at the college level.

"I am truly humbled to be named a finalist for the National Strength and Conditioning Association's College Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award," said Cole. "It is an honor to represent the NSCA and the University of Michigan as a nominee for this prestigious award."

In his 15th season as a member of the strength and conditioning team, Cole coordinates the strength and conditioning effort for the men's soccer, baseball, and men's and women's tennis programs at Michigan. In addition to his currently assigned sports, Cole also has worked with volleyball, softball, field hockey, women's soccer, men's swimming and diving, ice hockey, men's basketball, wrestling, and men's and women's track and field. In May 2012, Cole was named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

"I believe this is a great recognition for the level of expertise Jason Cole provides, as well as for the many years of loyal and selfless service he has provided, for the coaches and student-athletes at the University of Michigan," said Mike Favre, the director of Olympic Sports Strength & Conditioning. "I consider myself fortunate to have Jason as a member of my team. This recognition is a testament to our constant vigilance in relentlessly striving to make Michigan Athletics the leaders and best in every way."

This award is given to a college or university assistant strength and conditioning coach in recognition of his or her efforts on behalf of assistant coaches and dedication to the strength and conditioning profession. Nominees must be CSCS-certified, have RSCC distinction and hold a position as a Division I, II, III, or NAIA assistant strength and conditioning coach. Candidates must be nominated by their supervising head strength coach or director of strength and conditioning.

The general membership of the NCSA will vote for one candidate in each category. The winner will be announced Nov. 20.

Michigan Olympic Sports Strength and Conditioning

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