What are some of the shortcomings of the strength and conditioning field, and how can coaches (and aspiring coaches) best prepare themselves for it, as well as serve athletes better in the process? Find out with former EliteFTS education director, Mark Watts.
About Mark Watts
Mark Watts is a fifth-grade school teacher and U8 Girls Soccer coach in Columbus, Ohio. Watts was formerly the Director of Education at elitefts.com and the host of the Elitefts Sports Performance Podcast. He has a master’s degree in exercise science & health promotion from California University of PA and a master’s degree in elementary education from Clarion University of PA. He has held professional certifications through the NSCA, CSCCa, NASM, and USAW.
Watts has worked with college athletes in more than 20 different sports at the Division I, II & III levels for over 15 years as a strength and conditioning and/or football coach at institutions such as Denison University, The United States Military Academy at West Point, Allegheny College, and Clarion University. He has also completed internships at The Ohio State University and the University of Tulsa. Watts played college football at Clarion University and has competed in powerlifting, strongman, and Olympic weightlifting. He is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, and is a USMC veteran.