The award is given a coach at the NFL, college and high school levels, with Mathers receiving the 2010 award for the NAIA.
American Football Monthly is considered the primary source of information for football coaches across the country. Samson Equipment has designed, manufactured, and sold heavy duty 'built for Strength' weight training equipment since 1976 for top professional teams, colleges, and high schools. Each year they select their annual 'Strength and Conditioning Coaches of the Year.
"I would like to thank the University of Sioux Falls administration and coaches for allowing me to train their athletes and am very honored that in my first year I can receive an honor such as this," Mathers said of the award. "I would also like to thank American Football Monthly and Sampson Equipment for all that they do for the student athletes at all levels and for their consideration of me in this award."
With the help of Mathers' strength and conditioning program, the USF football team posted a 13-1 record during the 2010 season, winning the Great Plains Athletic Conference championship and finishing national runner-up.
Mathers is in his first year as the strength and conditioning coach for all athletic programs at USF. He is a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). Additionally, Mathers is a Certified Athletic Trainer (ATC).
Mathers is a native of Correctionville, Iowa, was a three year starter as a running back in football and graduated with five school records in track and field at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa.
He's the son of Bill Mathers, River Valley Athletic Director and former Wolverine football, softball and golf coach.