Date Posted:06/01/2004, 2:30PM
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) recently inducted James St. Pierre, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and Track and Field Coach at Bowdoin College, as an elite strength and conditioning coach through its new Coach Practitioner Program.
St. Pierre joins 22 elite coaches from around the world selected into this inaugural program that honors seasoned practitioners and educators who make significant contributions to the strength and conditioning profession. Each practitioner selected is responsible for the physical advancement of individual athletes and athletic teams at the professional, collegiate, or high school level.
"Never before in the strength and conditioning profession has a distinction of this caliber been offered," stated Michael Barnes, NSCA Education Director and former Strength Coach for the San Francisco 49ers. "It is only appropriate that the most credible organization in the profession offer this type of recognition to experienced strength coaches."
St. Pierre serves as the indoor and outdoor track team's throwing coach, as well as the assistant strength and conditioning coach of the College. A former University of Maine track and field athlete and 1990 graduate, St. Pierre returned to his alma mater to serve as the head strength and conditioning coach from 1995-2001. In 1997, he was named the America East Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. Prior to his tenure at Maine, he coached the throws at Brown University from 1993-1994 and the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse from 1992-1993. While pursuing a Master of Science degree in Human Performance at La Crosse, he helped guide the Eagles to a second place finish at the 1993 Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Through this program, coaches will not only be honored for their achievements and contributions to the profession, but will also be available to partner with aspiring students wishing to join the profession through the NSCA's Student Assistantship Program.