STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford’s Kissick Family Director of Football Sports Performance Shannon Turley has been named the College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year by the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
The College Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year Award is given to a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) with RSCC distinction, for his or her dedication to improving the performance of athletes with safe and effective science-based programs.
Turley is in his seventh season at Stanford, where he directs all sports performance efforts for the football program. He has created a comprehensive player development program designed to achieve three primary goals: injury prevention, athletic performance enhancement and mental discipline development.
Turley, who was also FootballScoop's 2011 Strength & Conditioning Coach of the Year, has earned significant credit from the Stanford coaching staff for his role in turning around a program that won a single game the year before his arrival to a program with three straight BCS bowl appearances.
Integral parts of Turley’s program include comprehensive sports nutrition education, lifestyle management and sports psychology programming, all of which ensure the optimal physical and mental preparation of Stanford’s athletes. Turley plans all meals for the program’s training table, travel and game day to ensure optimal nutrition and hydration. He also collaborates with the sports medicine staff to develop an individualized, sport and position specific, active integration rehabilitation plan to ensure the successful return to competition of all injured players.
Turley’s player development program has been overwhelmingly successful with media attention being paid to his injury prevention system. Since his arrival on The Farm, the number of injuries has been dramatically reduced; from 2006 to 2012 the program saw an 87 percent decline in games missed due to injury among players in Stanford’s two-deep depth chart. Remarkably, only two injuries in 2012 required season-ending or post-season surgical repair for the Cardinal.
His program has enabled Stanford to start fast and finish strong in games. Stanford’s first and fourth quarter (plus overtime) scoring during the last three seasons has decidedly outpaced its opponents: +144 points in 2010, +115 in 2011, and +102 in 2012.