KANSAS CITY—Larry Jackson, director of football sports performance for the Texas A&M University football program, will be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) on May 9 at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott.
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 Jerry Schmidt from the University of Oklahoma will present Coach Jackson with the blue MSCC Jacket.
“This only solidifies what we’ve known for quite some time,” Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Coach Jackson is one of the best in his profession. There has never been a question regarding the physical condition of our football teams.”
“As a former Texas A&M and NFL football player, it is very personal to him,” Sumlin added. “He understands how to train athletes to play the game of football.”
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 and/or professional level.
“This is an incredible honor for Larry,” says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the Texas A&M Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Jackson 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.”
Jackson, who came to Texas A&M as a defensive lineman and linebacker from Rockdale, was a four-year (1991-94) letterman and during his playing days the Aggies never lost a game on Kyle Field. Upon graduation in 1995, he played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.