May 13, 2005
Dave Plettl, Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach at Florida State University, has been named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). The honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning profession, and highlighted the organization’s conference held in Salt Lake City, May 4-6.
“This is an incredible honor for Dave,” CSCCa Executive Director Chuck Stiggins said. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to student-athletes, a commitment to Florida State University athletics and a commitment to his profession. We are honored to have Dave as a member of our association. He is truly a standard bearer to all strength and conditioning coaches nationwide.”
In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, Master Strength and Conditioning coaches must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, be a practicing, full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate level, a member of the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa), Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified (SCCC) by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches association and a full-time, collegiate, and/or professional strength and conditioning coach for a minimum of 12 years.
Plettl has been a member of the Florida State strength and conditioning staff for five years and works primarily with the women’s basketball and men’s tennis teams. He came to Florida State from the University of Texas where he served two years as an assistant strength and conditioning coach with the football, men’s tennis, women’s golf and rowing programs.
“Dave is so deserving of this prestigious award,” FSU women’s basketball coach Sue Semrau said, whose team advanced to the second round of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. “His role as strength and conditioning coach for our team has played a vital role in the success of our program. His knowledge and ability to connect with people is second to none.”
A native of Bailey, Colo., Plettl is a 1991 graduate of the University of Colorado, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. While at Colorado, Plettl worked as a student assistant athletic trainer his first year and then moved to the strength and conditioning staff in 1987 where he spent the next 10 years. Plettl was a student assistant/graduate assistant from 1987-92, the interim coach from 1992-93 and associate strength and conditioning coach from 1993-97. He worked primarily with the football, men’s and women’s basketball, volleyball and soccer programs at CU.
Plettl, and six other coaches who received the honor, will join the existing 43 Master Strength & Conditioning Coaches, bringing the total number of MSCC’s in the world to 50.