Jackson na med tops in his field

Rockdale native honored by fellow strength coaches

Larry Jackson has been cited as a big part of Texas A&M’s success last season. 
Texas A&M photo Larry Jackson has been cited as a big part of Texas A&M’s success last season. Texas A&M photo KANSAS CITY—Larry Jackson, director of football sports performance for the Texas A&M University football program, was named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa) May 9 at the Downtown Kansas City Marriott.

This honor is the highest given in the strength and conditioning coaching profession, and the ceremony is undoubtedly the highlight of the association’s National Conference each year.

Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Jerry Schmidt from the University of Oklahoma presented Jackson with the blue MSCC Jacket.

“This only solidifies what we’ve known for quite some time,” Aggie head football coach Kevin Sumlin said. “Coach Jackson is one of the best in his profession. There has never been a question regarding the physical condition of our football teams.

“As a former Texas A&M and NFL football player, it is very personal to him,” Sumlin added. “He understands how to train athletes to play the game of football.”

In order to receive this certification and corresponding title of distinction, an individual must first meet several criteria, including having a bachelor’s degree, be a full-time strength and conditioning coach, be a member of the CSCCa and have a minimum of 12 year experience.

“This is an incredible honor for Larry,” says CSCCA Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. “Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student athlete, the Texas A&M Athletic Program, and the strength and conditioning profession.

“We are honored to have Coach Jackson as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches. He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional.”

Jackson is a 1991 RHS graduate and after a stellar high school career, was a four-year (1991-94) letterman at Texas A&M and during his playing days the Aggies never lost a game on Kyle Field.

Upon graduation in 1995, he played in the NFL with the Denver Broncos, Arizona Cardinals and Miami Dolphins.

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