COLLEGE STATION -- Raychelle Ellsworth, associate director of strength and conditioning at Texas A&M University, was recently named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).
The most prestigious honor awarded in the strength and conditioning coaching profession was presented to Ellsworth at the association’s national convention last week in Salt Lake City.
"This is an incredible honor for Raychelle," said CSCCa Executive Director Chuck Stiggins. "Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, a commitment to the Texas A&M University athletic program and a commitment to the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Raychelle Ellsworth as a member of our association and to have her join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. She is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional."
Ellsworth, who lettered in volleyball from 1989-92 and completed a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology at A&M in 1994, is in her 12th year as a full-time strength and conditioning coach, including 11 years at A&M. Her primary responsibilities include directing the strength and conditioning programs for the Aggie volleyball and softball teams and assisting with football, as well as serving as practicum coordinator for strength and conditioning in the kinesiology department’s master’s exercise physiology program.
“Raychelle is beyond doubt one of the best strength and conditioning coaches in the country and is very deserving of this honor,” said Allen Kinley, director of strength and conditioning for Olympic and team sports at A&M. “Raychelle has a passion for her work and is dedicated to the athletic department’s mission of building champions.”
Ellsworth is one of only 60 in the country to hold the prestigious certification of Master Strength and Conditioning Coach. In addition, she is only the third female to earn the distinction, joining former Aggie volleyball player and 1987 A&M graduate Stacey (Gildner) Torman, who is the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and in 2004 became the first female to be presented with the honor.
The Texas A&M strength and conditioning staff now boasts four coaches with MSCC distinction, the highest number of any staff in the country. Other A&M members include Kinley, Vernon Banks and Rod Cole.
In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must meet the following criteria: hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree; be a currently practicing, full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level; hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa); hold the CSCCA Certification, Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC; and be a full-time, collegiate, and/or professional strength and conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years.