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Larry Kennan, Chuck Stiggins, Joe Juraszek

Larry Kennan
Executive Director of NFLCA

Why You Should Know Him: Larry Kennan was named Executive Director of the National Football League Coaches Association (NFLCA) on February 1, 1999. Since being elected to that position, the NFLCA has seen a number of accomplishments. With the settlement of Resolution FC-4, or the “Rule of 75” in May of 2000, the goals that were set in 1996 by a committee of coaches for the NFLCA have either been accomplished or improvements have been attained in every category. These goals included: portability of health care; health insurance for retired Coaches prior to age 65; “Medigap” insurance to assist the retired coaches over 65; and a lowered retirement age for benefits.

Prior to being named to his current position, Larry compiled a coaching resume that spans more than 30 years. His coaching accomplishments include 16 years of professional coaching experience: 13 years on the college level, and 3 years as a high school coach.

Currently, the efforts of Kennan and the NFLCA are aimed at fulfilling another of the organization’s goals - giving back to the game of football by encouraging coaches, athletes, and fans at all levels to become involved in coaching clinics. Similarly, by launching the NFLCA Affiliate Membership Club for High School and College coaches, Kennan intends to, “coach the coaches, who coach the youth.”

What They Are Saying:Larry has done a great job with the NFLCA. Through his efforts, he has improved the working environment for NFL coaches, which in turn will positively affect the lives of our families.” – Romeo Crennel, Defensive Coordinator of the New England Patriots

Chuck Stiggins
Executive Director, CSCCa

Why You Should Know Him: On May 20th, 2000, a group of full-time collegiate strength and conditioning coaches from around the country met in Las Vegas and organized a new professional organization. This new organization, under executive director Chuck Stiggins, was named the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). It is designed to represent and promote the collegiate strength and conditioning coach.

The following is a brief overview of some of the association’s goals:

• Regaining identity as professionals as collegiate strength and conditioning coaches and having a full-time strength and conditioning coach at every university/college and eventually at every high school.

• Complete unification of all collegiate strength and conditioning coaches.

• Promoting loyalty to the association and to fellow strength and conditioning coaches/members of the association.

• Improving the respect, salaries, status and job security of the collegiate strength and conditioning coach.

• Bridging the gap between exercise science/research and its practical application in the field of strength and conditioning.

The National Office for the CSCCa is located in Provo, Utah and can be reached by visiting

What They Are Saying: The CSCCa is a terrific organization that benefits the strength and conditioning industry. Any strength and conditioning coach involved with football should join and reap the rewards of full membership.” – Al Johnson, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Ohio State University

Joe Juraszek
Strength & Conditioning Coach, Dallas Cowboys

Why You Should Know Him: Joe Juraszek (pronounced jer-AH-sick) joined the Cowboys staff as the strength and conditioning coach in February 1997, and implemented a hands-on approach that stresses strength development, cardiovascular conditioning, flexibility and speed work. His ability to tailor workout programs to individual player needs based on the player’s input and workout history has earned him the respect and admiration of the players and the coaching staff.

Along with overseeing the strength and conditioning program for the team, Juraszek works with the Cowboys medical staff implementing rehabilitation programs for injured players. His work within these rehab programs has allowed players to return to the field quickly and, usually, stronger.

Juraszek came to Dallas after serving as the University of Oklahoma strength coach from 1993-96. He joined the Sooners after serving as the strength coach at Texas Tech University from 1987-92. He was a graduate assistant and then a full-time assistant strength coach for Oklahoma from 1981-86.

In January 2001, Juraszek was a panel member for the “Get & Stay Fit” Family First Town Meeting hosted by WFAA-TV, Dallas’ ABC affiliate. He joined Dr. Kenneth Cooper, founder and president of the Cooper Fitness Center and Clinic in Dallas, and Dr. Joel Steinberg, Medical Director of Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, in providing advice on exercise training, preventative health tips and the latest facts on dieting.

What They Are Saying:Coach Jurasck is one of the best in our industry – bottom line.” – Dan Riley, Strength & Conditioning Coach, Houston Texans


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