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In a profession dominated by men, these women were the first to pave the way for other females in the strength and conditioning industry.

Women "Firsts" in NSCA History

Kathy Calder

Kathy Calder

1978 – First Female Member of the NSCA

 

 

 

Jane Lilyhorn Epley

Jane Lilyhorn

1979 – First NSCA National Director for Women

 

 

 

Karen Knortz

Karen Knortz

1981 – First Female NSCA Research Chairman

 

 

 

Meg Stone

Meg Stone

1985 – First Female NSCA State Provincial Director
1988 – First Female Division 1 Head Strength Coach
2003 – First Female in the USA Strength Coaches Hall of Fame
2009 – First Female to receive Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement
2012 – First Female to achieve the Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach*E distinction
 

Maelu Fleck

Maileu Fleck

1993 – First Female NSCA Executive Director

 

 

 

N. Travis Triplett

N Travis Triplett

2000 – First Female to receive Terry J. Housh Outstanding Young Investigator Award
2006 – First Female NSCA Fellow

 

 

Rosalin Hanna

Rosalin Hanna

2002 – First Female to receive High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award
2004 – First Canadian Female NCAA College Baseball Strength Coach for a team that went to the World Series

 

 

Andrea Hudy

Andrea Hudy

2004 – First Female Division 1 Head Strength Coach for Men’s Basketball at the University of Kansas
 


 

 

Joan Eckerson

Joan Eckerson

2004 – First Female to receive NSCA Nutritional Research Award
2008 – First Female to receive the William Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award
2012 – First Female President of NSCA Foundation

 

Karen Ballek

Karen Ballek

2004 – First Public Member to Serve on the NSCA Board of Directors

 

 

 

Ann Swank

Ann Swank

2005 – First Female to receive the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research Editorial Excellence Award

 

 

Ellyn Robinson

Ellyn Robinson

2007 – First Female to receive Educator of the Year Award

 

 

 

Jaynie Bjornaraa

Jaynie Bjornarra

2008 – First Female to receive Sports Medicine/Rehabilitation Specialist Award

 

 

 

Sara Wiley

Sara Wiley

2008 – First Female to receive College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award

 

  

Maureen Butler

Maureen Butler

2010 – First Female Registered Strength and Conditioning Coach

 

 

 

Jill Bush

Jill Bush

2011 – First Female Vice President of the NSCA Board of Directors

 

 

 

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