Drew Smith, Multimedia Intern

A National High School Strength Coaches Association flag is displayed outside the Wayzata High School Commons on June 24, 2021. Wayzata.com photo

Wayzata High School is set to host the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA) National Conference this week. It’s the second national conference that the high school will host in four years, as it hosted the National Student Council Conference in 2018. 

The conference runs from June 24-26, 2021 and the association expects that the event will bring in 300 strength coaches and families to the Wayzata and Plymouth area. The association was founded in 2016, and WHS is hosting the Fifth Annual National Conference. The conference will also feature a large trade show with vendors that include 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 welcomes 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 are coming in from all over the country including Hawaii. Local high school coaches presenting at this year’s conference will be Amanda Berg from Dassel – Cokato and Scott Meier from Farmington. Larry Meadors, long time Burnsville schools strength and conditioning coach will also be inducted into the NHSSCA Hall of Fame. 

The event will feature 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 is encouraging families to visit downtown Wayzata, during the conference, with the group heading down to the lake after it concludes on Saturday. This comes on the heels as The Wayzata Art Experience will also be taking place this weekend. 

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