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About The Author

Micah Kurtz was named the 2016 National Strength Coach of the Year by the NSCA. Micah has just started a new position as Assistant Athletics Director/ Director of Strength, Conditioning & Athletic Development at Windermere Preparatory School. Previously, he spent 9 years as the Director of Strength, Conditioning and Athletic Development at AC Flora High School in Columbia, South Carolina. In the past 5 years, the school has won 12 state championships and the school was named the #1 athletic program of the year by The State newspaper in both 2014 & 2015. Coach Kurtz also serves as the Strength and Conditioning Consultant Coach to the 9-time high school basketball national champion Oak Hill Academy. In this position, he designs and assists in the implementation of the team’s comprehensive long-term athletic development program. Kurtz was also named the South Carolina High School Strength Coach of the Year in both 2013 & 2014 by the state coaches association. He is an active speaker at strength and fitness conferences across the U.S. and has delivered presentations in China, Hong Kong and Mexico. Additionally, he assists both USA Football and USA Basketball in athletic development education. Kurtz is the state director for both the NSCA and the NHSSCA. You can connect with him on Instagram or visit his website www.TheAthleteMaker.com

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Recent Posts



Top 5 Additional Valuable Pieces of Equipment for a High School Weight Room

By Micah Kurtz | Mon, Jun 18

Long-term athletic development is one of the many goals for a high school strength coach. Every day we work to transform the young athlete into a robust machine that can squat, hinge, explode, absorb force (land), press, pull, carry, and lunge.

Many of these attributes can be instilled and enhanced by the core lifts that are performed with squat racks, barbells, dumbbells, and benches. But after a high school facility has the staple pieces of equipment in place, there are five additional pieces of equipment to add to a weight room...when the budget allows.

Supplementing your weight room with these pieces will raise the level of training and allow your athletes to maximize their physical potential.

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5 Reasons Every High School Should Hire a Full-Time Strength Coach

By Micah Kurtz | Thu, Nov 16

EDITORS NOTE: This article was co-authored by Micah and Luke Kurtz.

There is no better place to arm young people with the tools to be successful in life than through a training program in the weight room. And there is no better person to faciliate this growth and learning process than a full time, qualified strength and conditioning professional.

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