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National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Celebrates Al Vermeil to Receive the 2012 Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement

July 13, 2012 - Vermeil is the only strength coach to have World Championship rings from both the NFL and NBA.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Strength and conditioning coaches, sports scientists and fitness professionals from around the world converged on NSCA’s 35th National Conference in July 2012 to discover cutting-edge research and practical applications in strength and conditioning, presented by the industry’s most elite and respected experts. One of the many exciting events during the conference took place during the Award Ceremonies where distinctive honors were given to several fitness professionals for outstanding achievement.

Accepting for the prestigious Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement was Al Vermeil, CSCS, RSCC*E. Vermeil earned this special honor in recognition of excellence in exhibiting historical impact, achievements, and dedication to the NSCA over the course of his career. Dr. Jay Hoffman, NSCA’s Board President states, “It is a privilege to honor Al Vermeil and recognize his achievement,” says Hoffman, “Al’s well-earned award and his contributions shape NSCA into what it is today.”

Al Vermeil’s conditioning program for the San Francisco 49ers was a contributing factor in the team’s winning the 1982 Super Bowl Championship. Vermeil was the first strength and conditioning coach in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls. He made significant impact improving the fitness levels of the players as well as their performance on the court. This lead to the Bulls numerous NBA Championships making him the only strength coach to have World Championship rings from both the NFL and NBA. NSCA Founder, Boyd Epley, states, “Coach Vermeil is the only strength coach who has worked in the NFL, NBA and MLB,” says Epley, “What a tremendous career and fine example for all strength coaches in this country.”

Media Note: For additional information for the Boyd Epley Award for Lifetime Achievement, visit or to make arrangements for an interview with Al Vermeil, please contact Greg Nockleby at 719-632-6722.

About the National Strength & Conditioning Association

The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) is an international nonprofit educational association founded in 1978. Evolving from a membership of 76, the association now serves over 30,000 members in 52 countries. Drawing upon its vast network of members, the NSCA develops and presents the most advanced information regarding strength training and conditioning practices, injury prevention, and research findings.

Unlike any other organization, the NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. These individuals are all in pursuit of achieving a common goal—the utilization of proper strength training and conditioning to improve athletic performance and fitness.

Central to its mission, the NSCA provides a bridge between the scientist in the laboratory and the practitioner in the field. By working to find practical applications for new research findings in the strength and conditioning field, the association fosters the development of strength training and conditioning as a discipline and as a profession.

Headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the NSCA serves as a valuable resource for its members, the fitness industry, general public, and the media. The association provides a wide variety of resources and opportunities designed to strengthen, build, advance, and unify.

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