MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan Director of Strength and Conditioning Rick Perry has been named a recipient of the prestigious certification of Master Strength of Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa). The honor is the highest presented in the strength and conditioning coaching profession and serves as the highlight of the association’s annual national conference.
Perry will receive the traditional MSCC blue jacket on Thursday evening in a special ceremony at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott Hotel in Kansas City, Mo.
“It comes as no surprise that Rick Perry has been named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach," said CMU head football coach Dan Enos. "His work ethic and ability to remain on the cutting edge of new curriculums have made him a leader in the field. Perry’s ability to develop athletes in the areas of speed and agility are clearly seen in his work with CMU alum Eric Fisher. Rick is a man of integrity with strong family values who strives to do things the right way, making him a tremendous asset to Central Michigan’s strength and conditioning program.”
Perry, who has been at Central Michigan since January 2010, coordinates the strength and conditioning efforts for all 16 CMU varsity athletics programs while having direct oversight of the football program.
Prior to CMU, Perry spent seven years as the head strength and conditioning coach at Missouri State, where he directed the strength and conditioning programs for 21 varsity sports, and then served on the strength and conditioning staff at Notre Dame from 2006-10, working with the Fighting Irish football, baseball, men’s soccer, and lacrosse programs.
Perry graduated from Missouri State with a bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1995. He played football for two seasons (1988-89) at Garden Community College and played the final two campaigns (1990-92) at Missouri State. He signed as a free agent with the Detroit Lions in 1993.
Perry received a master’s of science degree in education with a specialization in sport administration and nutrition from Kansas in 1998. He is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the CSCCa. In 2002, he was a nominee for the NSCA Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year award.
“This is an incredible honor for Rick,” says CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the Central Michigan University Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Perry as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional.”
In order to receive the MSCC certification and the corresponding title of distinction, an individual must meet five criteria, including hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree, be a currently practicing, full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate or professional level, hold current membership in the CSCCa), hold the Strength & Conditioning Coach Certification, and have a minimum of 12 years experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach on the collegiate and/or professional level.