SALISBURY, Md. – For the second year in a row, Salisbury University Coordinator of Sports Performance Matt Nein was honored as one of four finalists for the National Strength and Conditioning Association College Strength Coach of the Year award.
Nein was the lone Division III finalist for the award which is bestowed upon an outstanding Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist® (CSCS) to recognize their dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs.
Nein is regularly traveling to speak at conferences and appears on podcasts and webinars in addition to his duties with the Sea Gulls. Nein joined the Salisbury family in 2004 and has consistently grown SU Sports Performance into a successful program that has allowed its graduate assistants and interns to gain the experience to move to other premier programs.
The SU program has sent former students to programs such as University of Alabama, University of Maryland, College Park, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, North Carolina State University, Eastern Michigan University, the Boston Red Sox, and many more.
The three other finalists for the 2017 award came from the other three divisions of schools recognized for the award, with Michael Kamal of Division II Merrimack College and Steve Rassel of NAIA Webber International also being named finalists. Division I East Carolina University was home to this year's winner, Jeff Connors.