West Virginia University Director of Strength and Conditioning Mike Joseph was presented with the certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC), at the Master Strength and Conditioning Dinner and Ceremony, last night, as part of the 2014 Annual National Conference of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
There are currently only 135 individuals with this level of certification and corresponding title of distinction. This is the highest honor that can be achieved in the coaching profession of strength and conditioning. It represents professionalism, knowledge, experience, expertise, as well as longevity in the field.
“It is a pleasure to have Mike as a member of the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association,” Dr. Chuck Stiggins, CSCCa Executive Director said. “The CSCCa was created specifically to represent and promote the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach. Unlike other existing professional organizations, membership in this association is restricted to strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional-level athletic programs.
“Mike has taken and passed the SCCC certification examination offered by the CSCCa. This examination is the most comprehensive certification of its kind. It is scientific, practical, challenging, and is very specific to the field of strength and conditioning. In addition, Coach Joseph is a leader in his field and is highly respected by his peers and co-workers. This individual has dedicated his life and career to the field of collegiate strength & conditioning, entitling his to receive the prestigious honor of certifying as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach.”
In order to receive this level of certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must first meet the following criteria:
- Hold a minimum of a bachelors degree;
- Be a currently practicing, full-time strength & conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level;
- Hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa);
- Hold the CSCCa Certification – SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified); and
- Be a full-time, collegiate, and/or professional-level strength & conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years.
Joseph has been the director of strength and conditioning at WVU since 2008. In his role, he administers, coordinates, develops, implements and teaches strength and conditioning programs for all Mountaineer student-athletes with a major emphasis on the football program. Prior to his current position, Joseph served for five years as the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Notre Dame, the assistant strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan for two years, two years as a graduate assistant at West Virginia and a year on the strength and conditioning staff at Fairmont State.
The CSCCa is the voice of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coach. We sincerely appreciate your support of this organization and commend your University for promoting such excellence in coaching as has been demonstrated by Coach Mike Joseph. If I can provide you with any additional information about the CSCCa or about the MSCC certification, please do not hesitate to call or to visit our website at www.cscca.org.