COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – After being a finalist for the past two years, Salisbury University's Matt Nein has earned the high honor of being named the College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year, by the National Strength and Conditioning Association announced on Wednesday.
Matthew Krause, the Director of Strength and Conditioning for the New York Yankees, was named the Professional Coach of the Year. The two will be honored at the awards ceremony at the NSCA's Coaches Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina on January 4, 2018.
The college award is bestowed upon an outstanding individual in the field among those from NCAA Division I, II, III, and all NAIA divisions.
Nein is in his 14th year as the Coordinator of Sports Performance at Salisbury, and oversees the training programs of 21 varsity teams, three graduate assistants, and an intern and volunteer staff of about 10. During his tenure as Coordinator of Sports Performance, Nein has had the opportunity to work with 12 national championship teams, eight individual national championship athletes, and over 300 All-Americans.
During the 2016-17 season, with Nein's assistance, 11 of Salisbury's 21 programs were represented in NCAA postseason play, with the men's lacrosse team winning the national championship.
Nein serves on the NSCA Advisory Board for the State of Delaware and is the chair for the NSCA Lacrosse Special Interest Group. When not training athletes, he manages all indoor recreational facilities and serves as an Adjunct Instructor in the Applied Health Physiology Department at Salisbury University. Alongside his brother, Brad, he is the co-creator and writer for the blog, EducatedCoaches.com. This informational blog is dedicated to enhancing the experiences that coaches, parents, and athletes have while participating in sports.
"Congratulations to Coach Krause and Coach Nein on receiving these well-deserved coaching awards," said Scott Caulfield, the NSCA's Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. "Both of them have changed many lives and exemplify what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have them represent our high standards as NSCA members."
The NSCA's Coaching Convention will take place in Charlotte, from January 3 through 5. For more information regarding the NSCA and their awards, visit www.nsca.com.