FSU Athletics Staff Member Becomes A Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist

Dave Cencer
Dave Cencer will assume additional reponsibilities as the strength and conditioning specialist for the Ferris State men's ice hockey program.
Dave Cencer, the director of men's ice hockey operations at Ferris State University, has been appointed as the Bulldog men's ice hockey program's strength and conditioning coach after recently becoming certified as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certification Commission.

The CSCS certification is for professionals who design and implement strength training and conditioning program for student-athletes in a team setting.

Cencer completed his second full season with the Bulldog men's ice hockey program in 2006-07, serving as both the director of hockey operations and video coordinator. He will continue to assume those duties along with becoming the strength and conditioning coach for Ferris State hockey.

"I'm extremely proud and happy of Dave's accomplishments in obtaining his certification," said FSU head coach Bob Daniels. "He put in a significant amount of hours this past year and a half in both studying and passing the various examinations associated with getting certified. The knowledge he has gained through this certification will greatly enhance the physical endurance of our hockey team and it's already starting to pay off with our current players, who are excited with the various types of strength and conditioning techniques which Dave has implemented."

To earn the CSCS credential, Cencer passed a written examination which was prepared by experts in the strength training and conditioning profession. The exam consisted of two sections, Scientific Foundations and Practical/Applied, with a total of 190 questions. Typically, 65.6 percent of those individuals who take the CSCS exam pass. By passing the CSCS examination, Cencer has obtained the first nationally accredited strength training and conditioning credential.

"The CSCS program encourages a higher level of competence among practitioners, which, in turn, raises the quality and safety of strength training and conditioning programs administered by those who are CSCS certified," said Dr. Tom Baechle, the Executive Director of the NSCA Certification Commission.

The CSCS program was established in 1985 as a way of identifying individuals who possess the knowledge and skills needed to competently train student-athletes, and is the only strength and conditioning credential that has been nationally accredited since 1993. To earn national accredition by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), the NSCA Certification Commission demonstrated the ability to administer examinations that effectively discriminate between qualified and unqualified individuals. Today, there are more than 21,000 CSCS certified professionals throughout the world.

Cencer is no stranger to the Ferris State Hockey program having spent two seasons (2003-04 and 2004-05) doing video work for the Bulldogs on a voluntary basis. The native of Big Rapids, Mich., has served as an instructor at the Ferris State Hockey Skills Center the last two summers (2005 and 2006) and is active as a goaltending coach in the Big Rapids Area Junior Hockey Association (BRAJHA).

Cencer received a degree in Communications Arts from Franciscan University (Ohio) in 2003 and also studied at Northern Michigan from 1999-01.

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