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LHS, Venable recognized nationally for strength training program

Lincoln High School has been awarded the 2016 Strength of America Award by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

This award recognizes the Lincoln High initiative - led by Lincoln High coach Stewart Venable - that represents the gold standard in strength and conditioning programs.

Matt Avey, LPS curriculum specialist for health and physical education, noted: “Stewart Venable has been instrumental in moving our Lincoln Public Schools Strength Training curriculum forward.  Over the past school year, he has worked tirelessly and collaboratively with all of our teachers to implement the most recent research-based programs and integrate curriculum concepts and instructional frameworks into the district’s strength and conditioning program.”

The Strength of America Award measures four major categories: supervision, education, program and facilities. Selected from hundreds of eligible schools, Lincoln High will receive the award during the NSCA’s National Conference Awards Banquet in July  in New Orleans, Louisiana.

“From day one at Lincoln High, Stewart has shown initiative to improve the program so that our students will benefit from the instruction that our teachers provide,” Avey said.  “His dedication to Lincoln High and our Physical Education program in the Lincoln Public Schools is very much appreciated, and our students will only continue to improve because of his passion for teaching.”

When the award was announced, Venable said: “I'd like to especially thank Coach Matt Bertsch for his hard work and dedication in working with me throughout this entire comprehensive process.  Matt, I couldn't have done it without you man. Also, a huge thank you to all of our LPS administrators - Mr. Gatzemeyer, Dr. Avey and Ms. Wieskamp - for your guidance and leadership regarding Strength and Conditioning in LPS.  It would not have been possible for us as a district to achieve as much as we have in such a short period of time had it not been for the vision of our administrators.”

With the increasing number of inconsistent gym conditions and strength programs across the country, the NSCA and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition are working together to provide all high schools concise guidelines.

“I am proud to have Lincoln High be part of our ongoing mission to improve the education and programs for all our youth,” says Coach Scott Caulfield, the NSCA’s Head Strength and Conditioning Coach.


Published: June 22, 2016, Updated: June 22, 2016

Lincoln High coach Stewart Venable