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Steve Mannino Named Elite Strength Coach

Nov. 12, 2003

EASTON, Pa. ( -Steve Mannino, head strength and conditioning coach at Lafayette, was recently acknowledged as an elite strength and conditioning coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and the organization's new Coach Practitioner Program.

"It is an honor to be recognized for my achievements and to have my name associated with the 17 other coaches who received this distinction," Mannino said.

Through the Coach Practitioner Program, Mannino will be able to work with student assistants aspiring to join the strength and conditioning profession. The NSCA will sponsor five student assistantships through its Student Assistantship Program and will fund up to $10,000 for the intern position. The student must have graduated from a recognized program and apply for the internship. Mannino is the only member of the Coach Practitioner Program in Pennsylvania.

"With the 23 sports we have here at Lafayette College, a qualified intern will be a big help," Mannino said. "I think with the variety of sports we offer this experience is invaluable to an intern. It gives young strength coaches the opportunity to apply his or her knowledge to a number of different environments.

Mannino joins 17 other coaches from around the world who were selected into the program, in its inaugural year. The Coach Practitioner Program honors seasoned practitioners and educators who have made significant contributions to the strength and conditioning profession. Each coach selected by the NSCA is responsible for the physical advancement of individual athletes and athletic teams at the professional, collegiate or high school level.

Mannino, a 1995 graduate of The Citadel, is currently in his second year as head strength and conditioning coach at Lafayette. He earned his master's degree in Physical Education from The Citadel in 2002.