May 3, 2010
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Monte Curtis, Associate Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Southern Mississippi, will be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). This 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 Rod Cole from Tarleton State University will present Coach Curtis with the blue MSCC Jacket on Thursday evening, May 6, 2010, at the Orlando Marriott World Center.
"This is an incredible honor for Monte," said CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. "Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, a commitment to the University of Southern Mississippi Athletic Program, and a commitment to the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Curtis 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 or professional level.
Twelve collegiate strength & conditioning coaches will receive the prestigious certification of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at the 2010 MSCC Ceremony: Monte Curtis (University of Southern Mississippi), Billy Anderson (University of South Carolina), Scott Bird (Kansas State University), Craig Fitzgerald (University of South Carolina), Tommy Hoke (Michigan State University), Ruben Mendoza (University of Notre Dame), Teena Murray (University of Louisville), Ken Sheppard (University of Kansas), Tory Stephens (Texas Tech University), Aaron Uzzell (Texas Tech University), Michael Vorkapich (Michigan State University), and Tim Wakeham (Michigan State University). These twelve coaches will join the existing 80 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC's to 92.