The purposes of this study were to identify and examine the demographic characteristics, educational background, experience levels, and duties of strength and conditioning coaches within the NCAA Division I sanctioned football programs. Questionnaires were returned by January 19, 1989, from 85 of the 100 Division I-A strength coaches and 60 of the 79 Division I-AA strength coaches surveyed. The results of the study indicated that the coaches were homogenous in demographic characteristics, educational background and experience levels. The coaches in I-A earned a salary in the $30,000 to $39,999 range. The majority of I-A coaches had National Strength and Conditioning Association certification. They served as graduate assistants for strength coaches at the college level before becoming full-time strength coaches. The I-A coaches served as full-time strength and conditioning coaches, with responsibility to condition all varsity athletic teams. The I-AA coaches earned a salary in the $20,000 to $29,999 range. The majority of I-AA coaches did not have NSCA certification. The majority of strength and conditioning coaches at the I-AA level were not full-time strength coaches. They were responsible for the strength and conditioning of the football team. The majority of strength and conditioning coaches were also football coaches. The I-A and I-AA coaches were in agreement regarding the criteria necessary to be a successful strength and conditioning coach. The coaches differed in terms of future goals. The majority of I-A strength and conditioning coaches wanted to maintain the status quo, while the majority of I-AA strength and conditioning coaches wanted to become full-time football coaches.
(C) 1992 National Strength and Conditioning Association