S&C Coach

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Jim Durning, Head Football Strength and Conditioning Coach at The University of Southern Mississippi, will be named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

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 Brandon Beach, from Bridgewater College, will present Durning with the blue MSCC Jacket on Thursday evening, May 6, 2021, in Fort Worth, Texas, at the 2021 CSCCa National Conference due to the cancellation of the 2020 CSCCa National Conference as a result of COVID-19.

“This is an incredible honor for Jim,” says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the University Southern Mississippi Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Durning 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.”

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 of a collegiate or professional athletic team;

3) Hold current membership in the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) and be in good standing;

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 of a collegiate and/or professional athletic team.

Twenty-three collegiate strength & conditioning coaches have received the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach as of May 7, 2020: These coaches will join the existing 197 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC’s to 220.

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