May 21, 2024
CoAES welcomes CSCCa as a new sponsoring organization

For Immediate Release


Gina Cortese-Shipley
Executive Director
Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences
[email protected]

The Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) Welcomes the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) as a New Sponsoring Organization

Dallas, TX – [May 20, 2024] – The Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) is thrilled to announce the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) as its newest sponsoring organization. This significant collaboration marks a pivotal moment in advancing the standards and quality of exercise science education and professional practice.

The CSCCa, with its commitment to improve, serve, and empower the strength and conditioning coaches will bring a wealth of expertise and unique perspectives to the CoAES. By joining forces, both organizations aim to enhance the accreditation process, ensuring that exercise science programs nationwide meet the highest standards of excellence.

Dr. Ben Thompson, Chair of CoAES, expressed enthusiasm about this partnership, stating, “The addition of the CSCCa to the CoAES is a testament to our shared vision of promoting excellence in exercise science education and promoting the exercise profession. Their extensive experience and dedication to the field of strength and conditioning will undoubtedly enrich our collective efforts to elevate the standards of academic programs and professional practice.”

Don Decker, CSCCa CEO, commented, “Joining CoAES aligns perfectly with our mission to foster the highest level of professional development in strength and conditioning. We are excited to contribute to and benefit from the collaborative environment CoAES provides, working together to shape the future of exercise science education and accreditation.”

This partnership will facilitate the exchange of knowledge, resources, and best practices between CoAES and CSCCa, ultimately benefiting students, educators, and professionals in the exercise sciences. Together, the organizations will work towards creating robust educational pathways that prepare future leaders in strength and conditioning and exercise science. The collaboration aims to bridge the gap between theoretical research and practical application, ensuring that graduates are well-equipped to meet the demands of the industry.

About CoAES: The Committee on Accreditation for the Exercise Sciences (CoAES) was established in April 2004 under the auspices of the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP). The primary role of the CoAES is to establish standards and guidelines for academic programs that facilitate the preparation of students seeking employment in the health, fitness, and exercise industry. Programmatic accreditation through CAAHEP is specifically intended for Exercise Science programs with a professional preparation track designed for students seeking employment opportunities in the health fitness, strength and conditioning, and clinical exercise physiology industry.

About CSCCa: The Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa) is a professional organization committed to the advancement and professional development of strength and conditioning coaches. Founded in May 2000, the CSCCa aims to meet the unique needs and challenges of collegiate strength and conditioning coaches. The organization provides resources, certification, and continuing education opportunities, supporting coaches in their pursuit of excellence and career growth. The CSCCa also works to bridge the gap between exercise science research and practical application, promote positive relationships with the media, and advocate for policies that serve the best interests of student-athletes and coaches.

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