Coleman served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Houston Astros for over 30 years and is recognized for his work with NASA.
July 14, 2013, LAS VEGAS, NV– Strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists and fitness professionals from around the world converged on the NSCA’s 36th National Conference in July 2013 to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strength and conditioning, presented by the industry’s most elite and respected experts. One of the many exciting events during the conference took place during the Award Ceremonies where distinctive honors were given to several fitness professionals for outstanding achievement.
Accepting the prestigious Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement was A. Eugene Coleman. Dr. Coleman earned this special honor in recognition of excellence in exhibiting historical impact, achievements, and dedication to the NSCA over the course of his career. “It is a tremendous honor to be recognized by your peers and such a highly respected professional certification agency,” says Coleman. “There are a number of men and women in the NSCA who are equally deserving of this award, and it’s an honor to be recognized as being on par with these individuals.”
Dr. Coleman is a Professor at the University of Houston-Clear Lake in the Fitness and Human Performance Program. His work with NASA’s Astronaut Training Manual and the Houston Astros are contributing factors in his receiving the Lifetime Achievement award. “The NSCA provides a professional certification and registration program for strength and conditioning coaches in professional baseball,” says Coleman. “As a professor, the NSCA has provided resources to improve student learning and a certification test to help evaluate professional competencies.”
NSCA Founder, Boyd Epley, states, “The NSCA is focused on bridging the gap between science and application to improve athletic performance, and Coach Coleman has supported this throughout his career. Coach Coleman definitely deserves this award, and it is an honor to have him celebrate with us.”
Dr. Coleman says, “My students and I have been able to utilize the scientific information provided in NSCA publications, workshops and conferences when working with both elite and recreational athletes. My athletes have benefited by being exposed to the latest, scientifically validated training drills, programs and procedures.”
About the National Strength & Conditioning Association
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves nearly 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.
Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.
Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.
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