Aggie Strength Coach Receives National Recognition

Written By: NM State Athletic Dept.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) announced Friday that Tony McClure, assistant performance training professional at New Mexico State University, was the recipient of the 2012 NSCA Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award.

McClure, who is in his 13th year as part of the Aggie training staff, specializes in speed and agility training and currently works with eight teams at the university including: volleyball, softball, men's and women's tennis, men's and women's golf, equestrian and women's swimming and diving.

"This is one of the highest honors you can get from this world-wide organization," McClure said "It's like getting an academy award for an actor."

McClure becomes the second trainer from NM State to be recognized by the NSCA. Former Aggie head trainer John Taylor won the NSCA College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award in 2001. While the Coach of the Year Award has been handed out since 1980, McClure becomes only the second recipient of the Assistant Professional of the Year Award as the honor was only introduced in 2011. This makes NM State the first school in the country to have both the Head Strength Coach of the Year and the Assistant Strength Coach of the Year.

"It is a privilege to honor Tony McClure and recognize his achievement," says Coach Boyd Epley, NSCA Founder. "Tony's well-earned award and his contributions shape NSCA into what it is today."

McClure has been an integral part of Aggie sports programs that have excelled throughout the years.

Most recently, McClure was part of the NM State women's volleyball team that won the 2012 Western Athletic Conference (WAC) Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He was also a part of the 2007 volleyball team that reached a No. 13 national ranking, the highest ranking ever for any Aggie sports program, men or women. With McClure as part of the team, NM State volleyball has won at least 18 matches per season since 2002.

McClure helped the men's golf team at NM State in winning six conference championships in the past 10 years and aided the women's golf team in winning five conference championships. He also was part of a staff that saw the Aggie softball team go on a streak of seven straight seasons with at least 25 wins, culminating in winning the 2011 WAC Championship. That season McClure worked with Aggie standout Hoku Nohara who led the nation in home runs at the end of the season. In the pool, every individual school record has been broken since 2009 with McClure as part of the training staff.

"Tony has been working for the swim team for at least 13 years now and it is just very beneficial to our swim team to have a strength coach that really knows a lot about swimming and who also is very knowledge in his particular profession," head swimming and diving coach Rick Pratt said. "He's got great passion and energy. He is super organized and has great knowledge."

McClure received a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education with an emphasis on physical education from Arizona State University in 1989. He earned a strength and conditioning specialist certification, with honors, from the NSCA. He also earned industry-related certifications from the International Sports Sciences Association (ISSA), the Tudor Bompa Institute and the National Sports Performance Association. McClure is the first person to earn accreditation as a Periodization Planning Specialist and Strength and Conditioning Expert by the Tudor Bompa Institute. He is a team member for both the ISSA and the Tudor Bompa Institute.

McClure has held several symposiums and presentations, spoken at state conferences in Arizona and New Mexico, and is currently the Tudor Bompa Institute State Director for the state of New Mexico. He also recently released two DVDs, Golf Strength and Conditioning Tips and Rehabilitation Exercises After Total Knee Replacement.

McClure was the recipient of the ISSA's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1999. That same year he joined the staff at NM State.

The NSCA brings together a diverse group of professionals from the sport science, athletic, allied health, and fitness industries. The NSCA Assistant College Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year Award is given to an NSCA certified strength and conditioning specialist to recognize his or her dedication to improving athletic performance with safe and effective science-based programs. In addition to holding the CSCS certification, a nominee must be an active member of the NSCA and have held membership for the previous two consecutive years and be employed as a Division I, II, III or NAIA assistant strength and conditioning coach.