Mike Golden To Be Named CSCCA Master Strength & Conditioning Coach

UMass' Mike Golden will be named a Master Strength & Conditioning Coach by the CSCCA on May 9.

UMass' Mike Golden will be named a Master Strength & Conditioning Coach by the CSCCA on May 9.

May 6, 2013

Kansas City, Kansas - Mike Golden, Strength and Conditioning Coach at the University of Massachusetts, 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 Pat Moorer from University of Louisville will present Coach Golden with the blue MSCC Jacket on Thursday evening, May 9, 2013, at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.

"This is an incredible honor for Mike," says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. "Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the University of Massachusetts Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Golden 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."

The CSCC consists of the world's leading strength & conditioning professionals with the goal of promoting education, unity, and respect for all strength and conditioning coaches of collegiate and professional athletic programs. The organization has established standards of excellence for coaches that teach athletes how to maximize athletic performance through safe and effective exercise prescription and by certifying coaches that meet those standards.

The organization provides coaches the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills in an educational setting, as well as through the sharing of experience and expertise among the strength & conditioning coaches themselves. The association strives to keep collegiate & professional strength & conditioning coaches current on the latest research and its application in the field through several methods: securing knowledgeable conference speakers; publishing valuable and informative articles on the organization's website; as well as through a variety of other methods.



Golden joined the UMass Football Program this past February and has 17 years of collegiate coaching experience that includes stops at South Florida, East Carolina, South Carolina and UConn.

A 1992 graduate of Central Connecticut State, Golden earned a bachelor's degree in physical education. Upon graduation, he spent seven months as an intern at Harvard during the 1992-93 academic year, working as head strength coach for the institution's rugby squad, which advanced to the Final Four, while also working with the Crimson's football and ice hockey programs.

He gained additional experience as an assistant at the National Football League Scouting Combines in 1995, '96 and '97, and as a training camp intern for the Cleveland Browns in 1996.

Golden has also put together an extensive background of international competition, serving as an assistant coach for the five-time World Powerlifting Champion USA Men's Team at venues in Birmingham, England (1992); Jonkoping, Sweden (1993); Johannesburg, South Africa (1994); Pori, Finland (1995) and Salzburg, Austria (1996). He has also published articles in two international strength magazines - Powerlifting USA and Ironman Japan.

Golden is a certified member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA), the United States Weightlifting Federation (USWA) and the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA).

Recently, he also published a book titled "Blueprint For Success: A Strength and Conditioning Coach's Manual" and is a bimonthly contributing author for EliteFTS, a strength training/coaching website

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