Bird to be Inducted as Master Strength Coach

NORMAN, Okla. - Kansas State baseball strength and conditioning coach Scott Bird will receive his profession's highest honor by being named Master Strength and Conditioning Coach by the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches association (CSCCa).

Bird will be recognized during awards ceremonies Thursday at the association's annual conference at the Orlando Marriott World Center. Master Strength and Conditioning Coach Robb Rogers will present Bird with the blue MSCC jacket highlighting the event.

"This is an incredible honor for Scott," said CSCCa Executive Director, Dr. Chuck Stiggins. "Being named a Master Strength and Conditioning Coach signifies a commitment to the student-athlete, a commitment to the Kansas State University athletics program and a commitment to the strength and conditioning profession.

"We are honored to have Coach Bird as a member of our association and to have him join the ranks of the Master Strength and Conditioning Coaches," Stiggins added. "He is truly a model of an outstanding strength and conditioning professional."

Bird, who was named an assistant strength and conditioning coach at K-State in August 2005, has more than 20 years of proven success in the field. He has coached 34 All-Americans in various sports, five conference players of the year - including K-State pitcher A.J. Morris and Oklahoma women's basketball star Stacey Dales - and 43 student-athletes who have gone on to play professionally.

"It is a tremendous honor to be included with the people in this fraternity because of the job they do," Bird said. "I have been very fortunate to have been at great institutions and worked with incredible people. To be included with a group like this is a great feeling."

Bird has made an impact at every institution he has worked, beginning at Oklahoma where he was a graduate assistant (1989-92). He served at Texas Tech (1992-93), Ohio State (1994-97), Oklahoma (1997-01) and Missouri (2001-05) before arriving in Manhattan five years ago.

"Scott has been a tremendous asset to our program," head coach Brad Hill said. "He is a big part of the progression this program has made over the last five years. To develop kids, they have to get bigger, stronger and faster after high school. The most important person in the first year or two is the strength coach."

Bird, who graduated from Northeastern (Okla.) State with a bachelor's degree in Health and Physical Education, played two seasons of football at Oklahoma before transferring to NSU.