ASU’s Joe Connolly wins the honor of senior strength and conditioning coach


Will Edmonds

OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma – Sun Devil Football Joe Connolly, head coach of Football Sports Performance for the past four seasons, has been named a Senior Strength and Conditioning Coach (MSCC) by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa), the CSCCa announced Tuesday. This honor is the highest awarded in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, and the ceremony is the culmination of the association’s national conference each year. Connolly is entering his fifth season with ASU in 2022.

Senior strength and conditioning coach Joe Kenn, a former ASU football strength and conditioning coach himself, presented Connolly with the MSCC blue jacket on Tuesday, May 3 at the Oklahoma City Omni Hotel in Oklahoma. City, Oklahoma, at the CSCCa National Convention. Thirteen college strength and conditioning coaches were awarded the prestigious title of Master Strength & Conditioning Coach at the 2022 MSCC ceremony, bringing the total number of MSCC recipients to 230.

MSCC Class 2022
CSCC Certification Information

“It’s an incredible honor for Joe,” said Scott Bennett, CSCCa’s CEO. “Being named the lead strength and conditioning coach signifies a commitment to the student-athlete, the Arizona State athletic program, and the strength and conditioning profession. We are honored to have Coach Connolly as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of master strength and conditioning coaches, he is truly a model of an exceptional strength and conditioning professional.

In order to receive this certification and the corresponding title of distinction, a person must meet the following criteria:
1) Hold at least a bachelor’s degree
2) Be a full-time strength and conditioning coach of a college or professional sports team
3) Be a current member of the CSCCa and be in good standing
4) Hold the CSCCa Certification – Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach
5) Have a minimum of 12 years of experience as a full-time strength and conditioning coach with a collegiate and/or professional sports team.