Lawson Recognized as a Master Strength Coach

MOUNT PLEASANT Central Michigan University Director of Strength and Conditioning Dave Lawson was recently recognized as a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

The Master Strength and Conditioning Coach honor is the highest honor presented in the field. Ten individuals were honored at the CSCCa’s 2009 convention in Nashville, bringing the total number of Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches nationwide to 80.

Lawson is entering his third year as CMU’s director of strength and conditioning. He oversees and directs the strength and conditioning efforts for all 16 of CMU’s varsity athletics programs while working closely with the football program.

Two Chippewa student-athletesfootball player Brian Brunner and softball player Ali Pettitearned Strength and Conditioning All-America honors under Lawson’s tutelage in 2009.

Lawson is a certified strength and conditioning coach by the CSCCa and a certified speed and explosion specialist by the National Association of Speed and Explosion. He has coached seven Strength and Conditioning All-Americans, eight football All-Americans and more than 80 football players either drafted or signed as free agents by the National Football League.

Lawson earned a bachelor of arts degree in physical education from West Virginia Institute of Technology in 1992 and a master of science degree in physical education from West Virginia University in 1995.

Lawson was the head strength and conditioning coach at West Virginia Tech for two years before spending seven years at West Virginia in a variety of roles. He was the head strength and conditioning coach at Eastern Michigan for five years before arriving at CMU in 2007.

The 10 individuals earning the Master Strength and Conditioning Coach honor in 2009 were Lawson, Joey Batson (Clemson), Michael Doscher (Valdosta State), Darren Edgington (Murray State), Lee Anthony Glass (Ohio State), Joe Kenn (Louisville), Heather Mason (Tennessee), Bill Maxwell (Iowa), Richard Shaughenssy III (Troy), John Stephanski (Western Kentucky).



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