May 10, 2011

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Jennifer Jones, Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Texas A&M, was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) recently by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

This honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession and fellow Master Strength and Conditioning Coach and current Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning for Olympic and Team Sports at A&M Raychelle Ellsworth presented Jones with the blue MSCC Jacket at a ceremony at the association's national conference this month.

"I love my job and I couldn't imagine doing anything else," said Jones. "It's always nice to be recognized for the work that you do, but when you are recognized by your peers, that is very special."

Jones is responsible for all elements of strength and conditioning for the national champion Aggie women's basketball team and is in her seventh year at A&M and 10th year working with head coach Gary Blair.

"This is an incredible honor for Jennifer," says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. "Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student-athlete, the Texas A&M University Athletic Department and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have her as a member of our association and to have her join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. She is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional."

Jones is one of only 100 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches in the country and is one of only eight women to earn the distinction, three of which hail from A&M. Jones joins Ellsworth, who was named MSCC in 2007, and former Aggie volleyball player and 1987 A&M graduate Stacey (Gildner) Torman, who is the director of strength and conditioning at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and in 2004 became the first female to be presented with the honor.

In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must meet the following criteria: Hold a minimum of a bachelor's degree; Be a currently practicing, full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level; Hold current membership in the CSCCa; Hold the CSCCa Certification - SCCC (Strength & Conditioning Coach Certified); and have a minimum of 12 years experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level.