Registration for the National High School Strength Coaches Association National Conference takes place in the Wayzata High School Commons. Photo courtesy of Ryan Johnson

Wayzata High School hosted the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) National Conference this past weekend. It ran from June 24-26, 2021. It’s the second national conference that the high school hosted in four years, as it also hosted the National Student Council Conference in 2018. 

The event brought in strength coaches and families to the Wayzata and Plymouth area. The association was founded in 2016 and WHS hosted the Fifth Annual National Conference. The conference featured a large trade show with vendors that included displays of various strength and conditioning equipment.

Ryan Johnson, WHS Strength Coach, serves as Board Chair of (NHSSCA). “For the last 20 years the cornerstone of the Wayzata High School Strength and Conditioning program has been the summer program -- Trojan Power, Strength and Conditioning Camp,” Johnson said. “This summer, the Trojan Power program welcomed other high school strength and conditioning teachers and coaches from across the country to share in learning and growing from each other against the beautiful backdrop of Lake Minnetonka.” 

Speakers and attendees came in from all over the country including Hawaii. Local high school coaches that presented at this year’s conference were Amanda Berg from Dassel – Cokato and Scott Meier from Farmington. Larry Meadors, long time Burnsville schools strength and conditioning coach was also inducted into the NHSSCA Hall of Fame. 

The event will featured main session speakers that include Eric Klein, “Making The Big Time of Where You Are At: The Journey from D1 to High School, Missy Mitchell-McBeth presenting, “Training Considerations for the Female Athlete,” and Nutrition 101 powered by Gatorade hosting, “Designing and Implementing a High School Nutrition Education Curriculum,” and “The Teenage Brain,” presented by Stewart Venable. 

The organization encouraged families to visit downtown Wayzata, during the conference and the group headed down to the lake after it concluded on Saturday.

For more information on the conference, visit https://nhssca.us/national-conference-2021/.